Microsoft finally killed the Zune.
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Microsoft finally killed the Zune.
Not overly surprising. It's also rumoured that Apple are going to ditch the iPod, with people more and more opting to use their phone rather than carry a separate device. Personally I still like my Zune 80 though.
The rumor is that Apple is getting rid of the iPod Classic, not all iPods (certainly not the iPod Touch, lol).
If you ever want an example of where Microsoft invents a fantastic product but completely fails in the execution to the market, then the Zune is it.
I have owned zunes since the first one came out and still own and use a Zune HD. It's a great product, better features in my opinion than iPods and other competitors, but woefully too little too late and that's the great shame.
My question now is why on earth are they not producing a WP7 equivalent to the iPod touch?? It's great that the zune stuff is integrated into my phone, but I don't want to waste my phone battery to play music. When I'm at home, I don't want my phone to be plugged into speakers to play music only to be interrupted when I get phone calls.
Really, they either produce their own WP7 phone without a phone device or even better, let their OEM's produce music players with the WP7 OS on it... Just like the phones, they could control the minimum hardware specs, but allow the OEM's to compete by offering better features. (how about a GPS in one of these things for example, for the runners/drivers who don't have or want an actual WP7). The marketplace would be integrated, just like most iPhone apps work on the iPod Touch. Third party devs get another reason to develop for that platform..
I just don't understand Microsoft sometimes – they've got a fantastic OS with WP7, great App with the Zune software, and could open up a bigger market by introducing WP7 OS for non phone devices, but of course, this is Microsoft – they're going to screw up the execution.....
Turns out the iPod line has been refreshed, including a white iPod Touch (for some reason).
I think it would be a great idea to let OEMs create music players using the WP7 (or Win8) OS (in some form) and the Zune software. However, I can't say Microsoft is being stupid with dropping the Zune. It's never sold well, no matter how great a device it was. Sales could only have been further harmed by integration of music players in mobile phones of all sorts. Yes, some people will prefer seperate devices (which is why Apple is not giving up on the iPod, even though sales are falling), but more will prefer to have one device. So, focusing on WP7, especially when that means letting OEMs handle the hardware, just makes sense.
Zune was great. So was the start menu in windows Hopefully I can get a Mango phone here this month that has some Zune features.
Did it really sell that bad? It always had high ranks on Amazon. I think this move was stupid, because now Microsoft has their pants down with no competitor to the wildly popular iPod Touch. WP7 phone is not a real alternative to a PMP.
RIP, Zune Hardware. I don't feel bad though, my Zune Phone is awesome anyway.
Oddly enough I just got an email introducing the Zune Pass...pay money to listen to music, a la Spotify. Doesn't give me great consumer confidence showing me one Zune product with one hand and destroying the actual Zune with the other.
I adore my Zune HD and it has received much use - Until I got the early versions of Mango on my phone. Now that my phone does everything the Zune HD does, and more, the HD is just collecting dust.
Totally undeserved! ZuneHD got such high functionallity and quality standards, that I think it still can beat any other portable media player to death, and spit in its carcass, just by putting them side by side. It was the pionneer of the metro style UI after all.
Saddly it never got the cool factor among common users, perhaps the old "too late" thing has something to do there.
@Jim Young: It is not always suitable to replace an ZuneHD with a mango phone, just because the battery life, or you plan to hace 2 phones?
Too bad. The HD was definitely cool looking (and I still want MSFT to stick a full WP into that case ) but it wasn't working for my purpose (in car). For that my Zune 80 with hardware buttons is a bit better.
On the other hand, my grandfathered unlimited data plan is great to stream Zune stuff to my phone... I don't even have any music on it
Here's a problem: pretty much everything I have/use now (living room AV receiver, car stereo, even the machines at the gym) all have iPod dock connectors. What's a man with a Windows Phone (or Android) gonna do?