"Open the door to a whole new way of downloading music with the Zune Pass subscription. Zune Pass offers ‘all you can eat’ access to discover and explore millions of songs on Zune Marketplace. Browse the entire Zune Marketplace online catalog, then download as many tracks or albums as you like. Explore new genres or find old favorites. It's an absolute smorgasbord of music! What's more, once you download your songs, you can sync them to your Zune for music on the go. What's not to love? There are three ways to get your Zune Pass: Get your tunes month-to-month with a monthly Zune Pass. For only $14.99 a month, plus applicable taxes, you can explore and download as many songs as you like from Zune Marketplace. Your subscription will automatically renew itself at the end of each month."
Details about Zune Pass, the monthly subscription service, are now public and official over on Zune.net. I wish I could say there were some cool surprises, but there aren't: $14.99 a month will give you access to "millions" of songs, and as long as you keep paying the monthly fee, you get to keep all the music you downloaded. It's like cable TV, though it seems people have a hard time thinking of music that way. They also offer a three monthly option for, are you ready for this, $44.97. If you're quick with math, you'll notice that's 3 x $14.99. Why offer a three month option at no discount? You got me - it makes no sense. The good news is that they'll offer a 14 day trial, without a credit card, meaning you can load up your Zune with 30 GB of music and listen to it for two full weeks. That's really cool when you think about it - nicely done Zune team!