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Microsoft ships its one millionth Zune ahead of schedule

Microsoft shipped its one millionth Zune MP3 player after nine months on the market according to Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division. The company had originally expected to top the one million mark in June, but the company achieved the feat a month early.

"We're very pleased with the progress. We've sold a little over a million Zunes. In the category we're in, the hard-disk-based category, we've got about 10 percent market share," said Bach. "It's a good start. It's not an overwhelming start. I'm not going to pretend it's some gigantic move."

Even though Microsoft shipped over a million Zunes, it's still well behind segment leader Apple which recently celebrated its 100 millionth iPod sold after nearly six years on the market. As of February 2007, the iPod commanded 73.7 percent of the MP3 player market. Microsoft's 2.4 percent share was good enough for fourth place behind SanDisk and Creative Labs.

Microsoft is expecting a rather large uptick in sales leading up to the 2007 holiday season. The company is building a new manufacturing plant in China which will produce a second-generation HDD-based Zune along with a flash-based Zune.

In the mean time, Microsoft is likely to add firmware updates to existing Zunes to further enhance their capabilities. New MP3 player entries on the market such as SanDisk's Sansa Connect offer wireless downloading functionality that many assumed the Zune would feature from the start.

"As to the Wi-Fi, we think the idea of these devices being connected where you want them connected is very important. That's why we shipped the original Zune with Wi-Fi built in, remarked Bach. "The cool thing about that is, the innovation can all be in software. Wi-Fi is an important area. We'll see how that SanDisk project does."

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RE: hmmmm
By GaryJohnson on 5/28/2007 2:47:31 PM , Rating: 1
There's ~6.5 billion people in the world. If 1 million Zunes have been sold, then that means only 1 out of every 6,500 people own a zune.

In contrast, 1 out of every 65 people own an iPod.

RE: hmmmm
By wien on 5/28/2007 2:53:29 PM , Rating: 4
In contrast, 1 out of every 65 people own an iPod.
Umm, no. I think a few of those iPods have been sold to people already owning one.

RE: hmmmm
By retrospooty on 5/28/2007 3:39:24 PM , Rating: 3
not to mention many of the ipods have been made to replace defective ones. My son is on his 5th ipod nano (5 died in one year, each replaced by Apple), now the 1 year warranty is up and when it dies, hell have no replacement. Maybe a zune, or creative labs model next time.

RE: hmmmm
By GaryJohnson on 5/28/2007 3:52:22 PM , Rating: 3
That is one of many unknown variables that I did not mention in my original comment for the sake of brevity.

I was simply attempting to illustrate how it is reasonably possible to not know someone who owns a Zune given the statistics involved in the original article.

RE: hmmmm
By FITCamaro on 5/29/2007 7:43:54 AM , Rating: 5
I am proudly one of those 64 in 65 that don't own an iPod. Nor will I ever.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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