Big Changes For Zune?

ZUNE MARKETPLACE (Hypebot) – Late last week Microsoft Zune users received notice that the entire online Zune system would be down for a full 48 hours starting today, September, 29. That's an eternity in the online world and coming just prior to the holiday shopping season, it hints at a major effort to re-tool what has been only a marginally successful product.

UPDATE: The Xbox Live site is down and a merger of the two sites is expected. (Thanks to Hypebot reader Matt for the tip.) Zune's email read :

The Zune service will be down for scheduled maintenance on Monday, September 29, 2008 from 12:01am Pacific Time, for up to 48 hours. During the downtime, Zune Social, the forums on Zune.net, and all of Zune Marketplace will be offline.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you.

Please check back soon. We look forward to sharing our picks, plays, and recommendations with you in the Zune Social and in Zune Marketplace shortly!

Sincerely,

Your Friends at Zune

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