Zune Tunes In Kidz Bop

In an effort to expand its kids’ offering, Zune has partnered with Kidz Bop for a five-week promotion. Beginning today, the kids’ genre within the Zune Marketplace has been rebranded Kidz Bop. Here, consumers can download tracks from the Kidz Bop catalog, as well as a free weekly track.

Free downloads include the Ghostbusters theme song for Halloween week, “Here Comes the Sun” to promote the Nov. 10 debut of Kidz Bop Sings the Beatles, and Sinai Rose’s cover of the Jackson 5’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from the Kidz Bop Christmas CD, which is already in stores.

Kidz Bop has created five exclusive EPs (Black Eyed Peas, Daughtry, Rihanna, Sean Kingston and Taylor Swift) and three Kidz Bop Gold Hits compilations for Zune. The EPs range from $1.99 to $3.99, and the hits packages cost $5.99 each.

“It’s a good match for us. Zune saw this as a nice opportunity to grow market share among kids, moms and families,” said Liz Nealon, general manager, Kidz Bop. “It works for us in terms of our digital strategy.”

Nealon said she hopes the partnership will help teach kids 5-12 about downloading music “since the kids business tends to be more physical than digital.” Zune will be promoted at Kidzbop.com as well as via “Super Contest Maker.” Details of the contest have yet to be finalized.