Zune being replaced with “Woodstock”

imageThe Verge reports that Microsoft is planning to show off a replacement for Zune at E3 code-named Woodstock.

Apparently Woodstock will be a cross-platform play, available to Windows 8, Android, iOS, and Xbox users and also playable from a browser. The Verge also claims the service will integrate deeply into Facebook, allowing friends to build group playlists and share tracks, and may feature a similar “scan and match” service as iTunes.

The service is not expected to debut until the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, but existing Zune Pass subscribers should be able to keep their subscription or migrate to the new service later this year.

Zune has recently been demoted from being a source of applications for Windows Phone 7, and is expected to be replaced with native support in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. The death of the service has been speculated for many years now.

Personally I feel Microsoft should be working on extending the Zune brand name, instead of struggling to establish a mindshare all over again.

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Read more at the Verge.com