Microsoft Testing Zune Music, Podcasts in Australia?
We’ve recently heard from Microsoft regarding plans for Windows Phone 7 Mango languages, 22 in total, and with these Redmond will also offer localized version of the Zune client. As far as Marketplace availability is concerned, Microsoft is reportedly testing out the service in Australia.
Those that have an Australian Windows Live ID (Zune ID) or have their PC’s region set to Australia, will notice some music available in their Zune software. While the collection is rather small, it definitely exists, with price tags on songs and albums too. Purchasing a song will cost you 129 Points (AUD$2.13, that is $2.26) and an album will go for 1299 Points (AUD$21.43, meaning $22.75). Prices may not be final but if they indeed will, music will be more expensive in Australia than in the U.S. (comparable with Australian prices in Apple’s iTunes: AUD$2.19).
Aside from the Music bits added to Zune, Microsoft has also reportedly enabled Podcasts for those who live in Australia. Windows Phone 7 Mango should be out pretty soon (as soon as August according to some reports) so it’s just normal that Microsoft is working hard on expanding its offerings to regions on the checklist.