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The Microsoft Zune Is Officially Dead – Long Live The Zunetanic!

October 3rd, 2011

Microsoft has announced that the Zune media player is officially dead: 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. So what does this mean for our current Zune users? Absolutely nothing. Your device will […]

Microsoft Finally Does Some Intelligent Marketing For The Zune

September 7th, 2010

The Zune has been the whipping boy of new media since the portable media player’s introduction, because Microsoft made the mistake of taking a iPod wannabee and throwing a bunch of marketing money at it. The Zune has improved a lot, since then, but it still hasn’t made an impression with buyers. This is largely […]

Microsoft’s ‘Back Against The Wall’ With New Zune Phone

July 19th, 2010

Several readers were incensed last week when we highlighted InfoWorld’s early negative impressions of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. InfoWorld’s take was scathing – suggesting that Microsoft should kill the project. Now Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky has offered his in-depth preview of Windows Phone 7, and he’s also skeptical about the viability of the platform: What we’ve […]

Is Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 The Next Zune?

July 16th, 2010

Will Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 smartphone be the next Zune? Could be – based on the latest Windows Phone 7, InfoWorld says Microsoft should just kill the project now: There’s no kind way to say it: Windows Phone 7 will be a failure. Windows Phone 7 is a waste of time and money. It’s […]

Will Apple Let Wireless iTunes Syncing On The iPhone, Or Will You Have To Buy A Zune To Get It?

April 26th, 2010

Back in 2007, Microsoft brought wireless syncing to the Zune. Something that Zune owners have been happy to point out for years. Now UK developer Greg Hughes has created an app that brings wireless iTunes syncing to the Apple iPhone, and he’s released the YouTube video, above, to raise interest in the app: Sneak preview […]

Here’s A Walkthrough Of The Awesomeness That Is The Zune HD 4.5 Firmware Update

April 5th, 2010

Matt Akers, host of the Zune Insider Podcast, talks with Nate Muller, a PM from the Zune team, about the awesomeness that is the Zune HD firmware update. Highlights include Smart DJ and using the Zune HD on a TV through a Zune HD dock. We haven’t tried this – because we’re still chafing from […]

Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 7, Aka The Zune Phone

February 15th, 2010

Today at Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveils the next generation of Windows Phones, Windows Phone 7 Series – a new multimedia mobile phone platform that promises to be the biggest introduction since the iPhone. Windows Phone 7 will bring together Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music and video experience […]

Windows Phone 7 To Get Zune HD Makeover?

February 7th, 2010

The rumormill is abuzz with talk about the Zune Phone, aka Windows Phone 7, which many expect to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress on Feb 15th. Microsoft is expected to announce: Full Zune Integration The User Interface is based upon codename “METRO”, and will be similar to the Zune HD User Interface. Windows […]

Interest In The Zune HD Is Lukewarm

October 16th, 2009

The Microsoft Zune HD is no iPod-killer, according to technology research firm, Compete. Some thought that Microsoft’s new touch-screen portable media player could give the iPod touch a run for its money, but Apple’s latest iPod announcements appear to be generating a lot more interest. According to Compete’s Conrad Beickler: The addition of a video […]

Interest In The Zune Skyrockets, But iPods Are What’s Selling

October 6th, 2009

There’s still hope for the Microsoft Zune, based on a new teen survey on portable media players. 13% of the teens surveyed that plan to buy a portable media player plan to buy a Zune in the next 12 months, up from 0% a year ago. 73% plan to buy an iPod, down from 100% […]