Long time readers will know that we’ve been hearing about the death of the Zune software for literally years now. While we’re not quite ready to order the mourning this news won’t help: effective immediately, users will no longer be able to browse or purchase applications for Windows Phone from Zune.

“As a general rule, we like to focus our engineering efforts where they matter most, and your taps and clicks tell us that’s our phone and web stores. So starting today we began the process of removing the Windows Phone apps option from the Zune software. The Zune HD app store will remain open.”

You’ll still need the Zune Software to update your device or load any media.