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Zune HD
Zune software, however, will soldier on

Is it finally game over for Microsoft's Zune hardware business? What we first came to know as the Argo media player built by Toshiba -- and available in turd brown -- has gone through several revisions over the years. The current Zune HD offers a sleek design, OLED screen, and up to 64GB of storage capacity.

However, it looks as though Microsoft just can't keep up with the likes of Apple with its iPod, or even SanDisk and Creative. Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft is on the verge of killing off future versions of its Zune portable media players (PMPs). While new Zune hardware will no longer be produced, the Zune software bits will continue to creep into Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 devices.

This isn’t the first time that trouble has followed Microsoft’s Zune, however. Back in 2008, GameStop stopped stocking Zune players in its stores due to a lack of sales. “We have decided to exit the Zune category because it just did not have the appeal we had anticipated,” said a GameStop spokesman in May 2008. “It (also) did not fit with our product mix.” 

With Microsoft’s share of the smartphone market down just a few months after the launch of its innovative Windows Phone 7 operating system, the boys from Redmond need to be focusing their energies on this highly lucrative segment of the market instead of its failed efforts in the dedicated PMP market. 

Apple’s range of iPod players command 77 percent of the market according to NPD.



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RE: Kind of sad.
By vision33r on 3/15/2011 10:35:11 AM , Rating: 2
Lol, if you think AAC is an Apple proprietary format your entire post is irrelevant.

AAC VBR 256mb/s > 320mb/s MP3

Faster decoding and less space than MP3.

That's what gets me about people who don't like or understand Apple, they don't have their facts right.

The Zune is a good product no doubt but Microsoft is just terrible these days under Ballmer. No clear vision.


RE: Kind of sad.
By Samus on 3/15/2011 11:24:47 AM , Rating: 2
What I was talking about specifically is the crap you download from iTunes, usually 96k-128k protected AAC.

That is completely unacceptable for 99 cents. But you can always pay more for 192k. lol


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