Microsoft have given notice that, due to the retiring of Microsoft Points as early as August 22nd, you will no longer be able to rent or purchase TV, movie or music content via the Zune Marketplace. However, you will still be able to enjoy all content that you previously purchased via Zune, and can continue streaming music if you have an active Zune Music Pass (at least, for now). In addition, If you happen to still be on an original Zune Music Pass which allowed you to download 10 free songs per month, you will still apparently have this ability.
From now on, you will need to purchase or rent music and video content via Microsoft's Xbox Music and Xbox Video applications respectively; both are currently available on Xbox 360 consoles and Windows 8 PC's and tablets. These applications will also be accessible on the Xbox One, Windows Phone 8 and web browsers later this year. If you don't currently have an active Zune Music Pass, you will need to sign up for an Xbox Music Pass if you want a free-for-all music streaming option from Microsoft.
It's been obvious for many years that Zune was failing in the marketplace, but is anyone sad to see it finally disappear for good?