"will integrate heavily with Facebook"
There's one good reason to avoid it.
Microsoft will unveil its Zune platform successor at E3 2012, a Spotify-like music service codenamed 'Woodstock', it has been claimed. Details of the platform were leaked by insiders today, who say Microsoft's latest music offering won't require any browser plug-ins and will integrate heavily with Facebook, The Verge reports …
The Zune service isn't US only. I've got a Zune Pass and I'm in the UK. It works quite nicely on my Lumia (better than the flakey Spotify client did, anyway) and Xbox. Cheaper than Spotify, too (just).
It is missing a few Spotify features though (I especially miss "Related Artists"), and streaming is slower to start, so hopefully this Woodstock thing will be an improvement.
Oh and yes, I know "I must be the only one", etc, etc. I'm pretty happy with my Lumia, though, and more interestingly so is my non-techie wife with hers.
I know it's MS and I shouldn't be surprised, but the lack of Linux support would be a dealbreaker for me immediately. That and I'm really happy with Spotify and it would take something extremely good and/or extremely cheap to get me to switch.
Talking about OS support, the article says Windows 8 is supported, but makes no mention of previous Wiindows versions. Oversight in the article (or the source)? Or are they going to try to use this to lure people onto Windows 8. If they're thinking of trying the latter strategy, I hope for their sake they reconsider.
What is it with companies and their obsession to release a service *Cough* Zune pass *Cough* then create a near identical service, but tack on a few features that probably won't interest most people then relaunch and rebrand it rather than focusing on the existing brand / identity that has been on the market already for years ?