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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Make MSN Your Homepage and Win a Zune

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 12:30 PM

http://homepage.msn.com/zune

Well, technically, you don't have to make MSN your homepage. You simply have to register for the contest and give them your email address. MSN will be giving away a free Zune to fifty (that's right, 50) lucky winners. The contest ends February 28th, so hurry and register if you are interested.

Tags: msn, contest

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

How to Request a Refund for Unused MSN Music Credit

Posted by Darius Wey in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 09:00 AM

http://music.msn.com/help/music/changes

The remaining FAQs concerning the retirement of MSN Music have just been updated - namely, the steps to take to have unused MSN Music credit refunded to you. Read on for the details.



"I have a promotional pin or song certificate for MSN Music, how can I redeem my certificate?

You may request a refund for the value of your promotional pin or song certificate. To do so, first activate you pin or certificate by following these steps:

1. Go to http://music.msn.com/redeemgift
2. Login using your existing MSN Music account or select the Create Account option
3. Enter the PIN on the certificate

This will add the available tracks on your pin or certificate to your promotional account balance. Then request a refund for your promotional account balance by selecting the request refund link from the following page http://music.msn.com/user.

I have an unused promotional account balance with MSN Music, what should I do?

You can request a refund of your unused promotional account balance by selecting the request refund link from the following page http://music.msn.com/user. You will need to login in to your MSN Music account to access this page and request your refund."


Friday, November 3, 2006

MSN Music Hangs Up the Boots

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 08:53 AM

http://music.msn.com/help/customer.aspx

"Beginning November 14th, 2006, MSN Music will no longer offer music downloads through the MSN Music store. The "Buy" buttons that you are used to seeing on the MSN Music album and artist pages will change to links that connect you to Zune and Real Rhapsody."



If you were one of the many who said that some of Microsoft's existing music stores would die in favour of the Zune Marketplace, you get a brownie point. Starting November 14, customers of MSN Music (a giant in the United States, Australia, and parts of Europe) will be referred to the Zune Marketplace and Real Rhapsody for online music purchases. What will this mean for songs you've already purchased? Not much. They'll still play in accordance with the existing DRM rules (five authorised computers, support for CD burning, and transfer to compatible PlaysForSure devices), and will still receive support from Microsoft even after the store closes its doors. Furthermore, any existing credit will be refundable on or after November 14, though whether this will be able to be channeled into Microsoft Points is still uncertain.

On to the bigger picture, the death of MSN Music probably won't affect the US all that much. After all, with URGE, Rhapsody, and (soon) the Zune Marketplace up and running, customers will have plenty of choice as far as PlaysForSure and Zune devices are concerned. What's not yet known is whether MSN Music stores outside of the US will also hang up the boots on November 14. If so, this will be an extremely damaging move. In Australia, for example, nineMSN Music is the largest Microsoft-based online music store (the iTunes Store takes the cake for being the largest overall). Its death would force consumers to look at lesser offerings, at least while the Zune remains a US-only release. As you can see, there are many questions that remain unanswered. Hopefully, this will become clearer in the coming days.


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