Questions bolded below not to shout but just so they stand out in a somewhat rambling message...
I had a Live ID, associated to a non-hotmail/live email address, and I used that when signing up for a Zune Pass. I then tried adding a live.com account to this live id, and ended up with a second live id. I am using the new email as my primary, as I wanted to move email, et. al. to the clould rather than having email tied to a single computer.
I would like to rationalize this situation and associate my Zune Pass with the new Live ID. The reason for this is that I am interested in Windows Phone 7, and understand that having a single Live ID makes the experience a lot easier. I have read the stock answer that one needs to choose the account that matters the most, and in my case, I am really not all that tied to my playcount and badges in Zune, and do not really use the Social.
I would not think that associating a different Live ID with a Zune Pass would be that difficult, but apparently it is (I will guess Zune Pass is more like a user account than a customer record in a database.)Can someone explain why? Are they technical or business reasons? I think this is going to become a bigger topic as people adopt Windows Phone 7, and the people being inconvenienced are going to be those using more Microsoft products.
If I have to discontinue my current Zune Pass and start a new one...I understand that songs downloaded on the Zune Pass with DRM will no longer play. Will they be deleted? Will they be playable with the new account?Once a Zune Pass account is not renewed, does the name become available again, so I can re-use it?