Microsoft Zune Players Are Officially Dead
October 4, 2011 9:31 AM
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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
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.
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I loved my Zune, but mp3 players are no longer necessary.
10/4/2011 1:35:42 PM
I bought an original 30 GB Zune way back when to store both mp3s and video.
At the time I was still in the Navy and there was no iPad. I also didn't (and still don't) care much for Apple because of their cult following's attitude and the fact that, I feel, they want to sell me a lifestyle instead of a product, so I wasn't going to get an iPod.
The screen on my Zune was, sadly, destroyed a few years back, and I've since found that I don't really need an mp3 player.
I use my Samsung Galaxy S as my telephone and my mp3 player. I almost never use a case for it since it has a Gorilla Glass screen, but I have since found that it fits nicely into my old Zune case that was strapped to an armband (very handy for 5 mile runs at 5:30 in the morning).
So now I go to the gym and lift and run with my Galaxy S strapped to my arm, and the additional benefit is that I can answer calls, if necessary, while I get my workout in.
I imagine Apple will probably cut back on mp3 players soon as well. The convergence of devices is accelerating at a tremendously rapid pace.
I used to use a standalone GPS unit, but I don't really need that either, since the Galaxy S integrates nicely with Google Maps and has GPS.
This was probably a smart move for Microsoft, simply due to the fact these devices are no longer necessary.
"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
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