From Zune Insider comes some actual news about Zune, and “Zune Music” specifically:
We are excited to announce that Zune Music Marketplace and Zune Music Pass will roll out in Canada on October 3rd
First, Canadian music lovers will be able to sign up for Zune Music at a monthly cost of C$9.99, or C$99.90 annually. The new Pass, for Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows PC, Zune devices, and Zune.net, will allow the familiar unlimited downloads and streaming of (over 14 million) music tracks from major and indie labels, but will also include (beginning October 3rd) “tens of thousands” of music videos, streamed through the Zune PC software.
Along with the addition of Canada, these changes are coming to the US, too. That is, starting October 3rd, you’ll be able to sign up for a lower price (from 14.99/mo to 9.99/mo) Zune Pass, but from here on out you will not be able to get the ability to keep 10 mp3 songs per month. Existing Zune Pass users will be allowed to continue with that practice, however. Another change moves the number of devices you’ll be able to share Zune Music with from 6 (it was 3 PCs and 3 devices), to any combination of 4 PCs or devices.
The changes, along with introducing Canada to Zune Music and Zune Marketplace, appear to bring Zune subscriptions in line with what’s offered in other countries around the world. The same changes were made for European Zune customers in September.
Update: We asked a Microsoft spokesperson to clarify on what happens to current US subscribers as their subscriptions come up for renewal:
Current Zune Music Pass subscribers will be allowed to maintain the $14.99/10 keepers agreement or choose to switch to a $9.99/no keepers membership level once they are up for renewal.