Microsoft to launch Zune entertainment service in the UK

Streaming and download site to hit the UK in autumn

Microsoft is to launch its entertainment service Zune in the UK this autumn.

Although a specific date has not been announced for the launch, it is expected to be rolled out across the UK to tie in with the release of Microsoft‘s new smartphone operating system Windows Phone 7.

The portal will include the Zune Marketplace store and Zune Pass music subscription service, which allows users to pay £8.99 per month for unlimited streaming and downloads from the Zune music catalogue. All four major record labels – Universal Music Group, Sony Music, EMI Music and Warner Music Group – are supporting the launch, reports Telegraph.co.uk.

Speaking about Zune, Microsoft UK’s Director of Mobile Business Group, Alex Reeve, explained: “The similar look and feel go across all these different services and really enable people to have a single experience that they can enjoy in different contexts.”

Zune will be available to users of PCs, Xbox 360s and Windows Phone 7 smartphones.