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If you haven’t downloaded the new Zune 3.0 software, you really should give it a try (you don’t even need the Zune hardware to use the software, and it really is a slick piece of software).

I am a fan of listening to new music that I’ve never heard, and had been using the Genius feature of iTunes 8 to create playlists of music I’d like to try.  However, I am finding that the “Social” aspect of the Zune software  allows me to find music recommendations from other people with similar tastes, which is working better for me than Apple’s Algorithm In The Sky (which can give some pretty crazy recommendations).  Couple the Zune Social (and Channels, and Mix View) with the all-you-can-eat Zune Pass subscription, and you are in new-music heaven.

If only there were a way to try that Zune-Pass before you buy.

Looking on the Zune site today, I see they have added a 14-day trial of Zune Pass for free.  Good deal!  I am downloading 80 songs as we speak :)  From the site:

Already have a Zune account?

  1. If you don't have Zune 3.0 software, click here to upgrade.
  2. Click here to sign into your account.
  3. Click here to go to your account management page. 
  4. Click Zune Pass. Fill in your contact information, select "Zune 14-day Trial Pass, Price $0.00," and input your credit card billing information.*
  5. Click here to launch Zune Marketplace and start enjoying Zune Pass.

New to Zune?

  1. Click here to sign up for a Zune account and download the free Zune 3.0 software.
  2. Click here to go to your account management page. 
  3. Click Zune Pass. Fill in your contact information, click Next, select "Zune 14-day Trial Pass, Price $0.00," click Next, and input your credit card billing information.*
  4. Click here to launch Zune Marketplace and start enjoying Zune Pass.

* Your credit card will not be billed. This is a free trial.