Microsoft kills Zune hardware, again, presumably for the last time

By on October 11, 2011 at 1:15 AM.

Microsoft kills Zune hardware, again, presumably for the last time

Microsoft’s Zune player is no more. Again. Last week, Microsoft put up a support page announcing that it would no longer build or sell Zune hardware, choosing to instead focus on Zune software for Windows Phone and other platforms. “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,” the company said in a statement on the Zune website. Shortly after the page went live, Microsoft said it was a mistake and pulled the note. Now, the page is live again and Zune devices are dead again — presumably for the last time. Zune player, we hardly knew ye. More →

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Microsoft pulls plug on Zune hardware

By on October 4, 2011 at 9:10 AM.

Microsoft pulls plug on Zune hardware

Following a premature 21-gun salute on Monday afternoon when Microsoft accidentally erased the Zune player from its Zune webpage a bit early, the Redmond-based company has now confirmed that the Zune player has been laid to rest. First released just ahead of the holidays in 2006, Microsoft’s Zune player was a clear attempt to divert dollars from Apple’s iPod line and in that respect, it failed somewhat epically. The Zune player is survived by Zune software, however — a multimedia experience that will live on in Windows Phones, on the Xbox 360 and on personal computers around the world. Rest in peace, little buddy. Microsoft’s statement follows below. More →

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