backtop


Print 31 comment(s) - last by bbcdude.. on Oct 4 at 8:25 PM


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: Zune.net, Win Rumors



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

Apple's iTouch
By curelom on 10/4/2011 12:19:37 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft should come out with a phoneless version of their phone, similar to Apple's iTouch.




RE: Apple's iTouch
By kmmatney on 10/4/2011 12:28:28 PM , Rating: 2
That would so fail. That's what the Zune HD already is - a new OS isn't going to make it that much better. That market is already shrinking, and a device like that has no chance against the iPod touch.


RE: Apple's iTouch
By curelom on 10/4/2011 12:48:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
That market is already shrinking, and a device like that has no chance against the iPod touch.

I don't know where the market is on those products, but a Zune HD is not an iTouch and it's chances of sucess would be a derivative of how sucessful the Win 7 phone ever becomes, if it ever does. I would agree that it wouldn't have a chance if Win 7 never takes off.


"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay














botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki