Zune Pass Coming to the UK?

"Microsoft's monthly subscription-based music service could be hitting the UK soon."

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When Microsoft first came out with their Zune player, it was only natural that some sort of marketplace would come paired with it.  In addition to this iTunes-like store, Microsoft also launched Zune Pass, a subscription-based music service.

For a small monthly fee of $14.99, users are given unlimited access to a 6+ million song collection.  In addition to this, users are able to download up to 10 DRM-free songs to keep forever each month.  Since launch, this service has only been available to users in the US, though there have been workarounds involving prepaid Visa cards and the like.  However, now it seems this could change soon.

A LiveSide reader recently spotted a subscription page on the Zune UK site.  The user provided a screencap of the page showing a monthly price of £8.99 and a 3-month plan for £26.97.  He was even able to sign up for the 14-day free trial, though this was non-functional as the UK Zune software does not currently support the Zune Marketplace.

It seems the move could be to help promote the Zune software integration with the upcoming Windows Mobile 7 phone operating system.

For more information about Zune Pass, check out the official page here.

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27-06-2010, 12:37:09

AlienALX
Actually yes. My memory of it is coming back. You need to enable the raid controller and then set the options for it. Which is where the RAID IDE AHCI thingermebub is :)

27-06-2010, 13:59:01

tinytomlogan

Actually yes. My memory of it is coming back. You need to enable the raid controller and then set the options for it. Which is where the RAID IDE AHCI thingermebub is :)



Right for the last time. THATS WRONG
Find Jmicron in the bios and select RAID. (probably in onboard devices setup)

Leave the main storage controller settings alone!

If the Jmicron settings doesnt have a RAID (which I doubt) then you cant raid those drive without loosing the data on the others as it would require a format to a JBOD set up.

27-06-2010, 16:26:48

AlienALX

Right for the last time. THATS WRONG
Find Jmicron in the bios and select RAID. (probably in onboard devices setup)

Leave the main storage controller settings alone!

If the Jmicron settings doesnt have a RAID (which I doubt) then you cant raid those drive without loosing the data on the others as it would require a format to a JBOD set up.



On the 680i and my friend's 790i two of the six ports were on a seperate controller. The first four were on the chipset's regular IDE SATA channels and the last two were on the Jmicron. Thus you needed to enter the storage config settings and enable the raid controller and then configure it. Otherwise if you connected six drives two of them wouldn't work or even be seen.

At least I am sure that's how it was. I know for 100% that on the eVGA 680i I had you could only use four ports unless you enabled the RAID controller which was its own entity. You didn't actually have to set RAID up to use th extra ports but those drives (even my Blu Ray) were not detected in the regular bios post until the RAID controller had kicked in. It then detected them in its bios and they would show up in Windows. But only once I had installed the driver of course :)

27-06-2010, 16:29:48

tinytomlogan
What you wrote read like you change the main storage controller mate you did not say only change the Jmicron settings.

27-06-2010, 16:39:25

bbcake009
The j-micron I have is capable of doing raid.... The only thing I'm not sure if I can install raid after the operating system had been installed... I read the manual it said that I needed to install raid then the operating system...

Let me see if I get it right:

1. configure bios to do raid on j-micron press ctrl-j while booting up... Well, i know how to do that and the driver thing.

2. install raid drivers on windows for it to see the drive... is that correct?

27-06-2010, 17:03:52

AlienALX
Yeah at first I forgot there were two levels to it. Sorry, should have pointed it out. It's my bad really as I was typing as I remembered haha.

Not really into RAID. In Windows the differences were so minimal I didn't notice anything (even though ATTO said I was about 15% quicker on reads). What sealed the deal for me in the end was the AGE it added to post boot times. Seriously it was yawnsome waiting for bios and then the RAID controller to do their thang.

27-06-2010, 17:09:25

AlienALX

The j-micron I have is capable of doing raid.... The only thing I'm not sure if I can install raid after the operating system had been installed... I read the manual it said that I needed to install raid then the operating system...

Let me see if I get it right:

1. configure bios to do raid on j-micron press ctrl-j while booting up... Well, i know how to do that and the driver thing.

2. install raid drivers on windows for it to see the drive... is that correct?



Yes that's correct. You do the bios thing (however you have to do it, seriously sorry but it's been ages)

Then go into the RAID bios and set it up there (again, memory is failing me but I remember it being pretty darn simple)

Then when you boot from the DVD it will flag and say "there are no disk drives attatched to this computer, set up has halted" or something. Then you can browse for a driver. I don't know if Micron made any more than the one RAID controller but you may not need a driver Windows may have it.

Browse to the driver, pick it and you'll soon know if it worked because you will have one drive and it will be double the size of one drive (or both combined, either or, same thing). Then you just follow the standard installation proceedure :)

Hopefully you don't have an Nvidia chipset. Because for some unknown reason even when you are in Windows and it is working absolutely fine you'll constantly get this nag saying that you need to install the RAID driver. And if you do? it buggers up the Windows install.. Before that happens look at your msconfig and disable the Nvidia nag crap from starting with Windows.

I did run it once and it was similar to RAID bios. Sadly on reboot it had wiped my drives so I had to reinstall all over again. I think it gets confused and thinks the controller is Nvidia or something whacky.

27-06-2010, 19:54:09

bbcake009
T.Y. guys

28-06-2010, 00:38:25

bbcake009
now I will have raid... My plan is to transfer my running programs and games to it so that windows will load it a lot quicker (but don't get me wrong my system is fast, I just want whenever I click it, it pops instantly for example NERO)

So is it possible to move the program files to a different HD w/out corrupting it? C TO PROGRAMS to D TO PROGRAMS...

OR i need to uninstall all my programs and games and install it back to raid. PLS. don't say that its a lot a work :(

but TY in advance....

28-06-2010, 06:14:54

tinytomlogan
You need to install all the programs again dude.
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