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Zune HD
Microsoft has confirmed that Zune players will no longer be produced, but the software is available for WP7

Microsoft has pronounced its Zune players dead, but its software shall live on in Windows Phone 7.

Earlier this year, Microsoft terminated its Zune originals devices. Yesterday, it removed the Zune HD from its website entirely, then later said it was an accident.

Now, it has been confirmed by Microsoft that the Zune HD has seen its last days as well, ending the Zune player lineup entirely.

"We recently announced that, going forward, Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy, and that we will no longer be producing Zune players," said Microsoft on its Zune support page. "So what does this mean for our current Zune users? Absolutely nothing. Your device will continue to work with Zune services just as it does today. And we will continue to honor the warranties of all devices for both current owners and those who buy our very last devices. Customer service has been, and will remain a top priority for us."

Microsoft is currently looking to port Zune HD applications to Windows Phone and promote WP7 as an all-in-one device rather than sell stand-alone MP3 players. Back in February 2011, the company also mentioned rebranding Zune into Windows Live services.

Microsoft's move to kill off Zune players is similar to Apple's recent decision to get rid of its iPod Classic. Apple is looking to kill its platter-based hard drive devices for gadgets with flash-based memory.

Sources:, Win Rumors

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By twhittet on 10/4/2011 10:40:16 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft's business model for Zune pass fails - because they lock it down to just their hardware. Their software/hardware/marketing hype was never good enough to compete with Apple using the same locked down business model. I want Zune pass - for my Android phone. If Microsoft truly cared about the Zune service, they would make this happen.

RE: Fail
By cjohnson2136 on 10/4/2011 10:55:20 AM , Rating: 2
Because it's such a different business model then itunes/ipod or iphone

RE: Fail
By lightfoot on 10/4/2011 11:58:35 AM , Rating: 2
That business model only works for Apple because they have a defacto monopoly on downloadable music.

They were first to market, and sold the music at or below cost in order to sell more iPods. This drove the competition out of business. By the time Microsoft entered the market the war had already been fought, and Apple had already won.

Now that people have heavily invested themselves in Apple (through iTunes,) they are forced to maintain that relationship.

Apple now uses its iTunes monopoly to sell iPhones and iPads.

Until people are willing to walk away from their media collection (yeah right) Apple will forever have these consumers locked in to their services and devices.

You could choose to PAY Apple for the "service" of using competing devices... But even that is a win for Apple.

RE: Fail
By Da W on 10/4/2011 11:42:12 AM , Rating: 1
Zune HD is where microsoft got their idea for Windows Phone and then metro a.k.a. windows 8 / new xbox interface / every new things coming out of Redmont. Which itself came from windows media center.

It's just practice, like Xbox was practice for Xbox 360.

RE: Fail
By curelom on 10/4/2011 12:17:23 PM , Rating: 2
Same goes for Apple. Companies learning from previous products? How evil of them. They should do like the government does and learn nothing.

RE: Fail
By kmmatney on 10/4/2011 12:32:27 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft didn't get the idea for Windows Phone from the Zune. They already had a mobile phone OS well before that, and the latest Phone OS is necessary to keep up with iOS and Android. iOS and Android had more to do with the development of new Windows Phone OS than did the Zune.

RE: Fail
By Da W on 10/4/2011 1:41:20 PM , Rating: 2
Talkin about interface. You know, tiles. You used them? You know what you talkin about? Cause for someone who used the products its kinda obvious.

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