In an attempt to form a strong partnership like iPod/iTunes, Microsoft has announced that it will be closing the doors on its MSN Music store in favor of the Zune Marketplace, the music store platform connected to Microsoft's upcoming portable media device.
The transition period will begin 14 November, when the Zune is released. Starting on that date, the MSN Music site will be replaced with a page that redirects customers to both the Zune Marketplace and partner service, RealNetworks' Rhapsody.
"After November 14, the 'Buy' buttons that you're used to seeing on MSN Music album and artist pages will change to links that connect you to Zune and to Real Rhapsody," said MSN Entertainment general manager Rob Bennett.
Zune marketplace was launched in September 2004. This failed to take off and unseat iTunes.Existing MSN Music customers will still have access to their purchased content.
Users will be able to transfer their songs to a portable device or burn them to a CD, as they've always been able to do.