Opinion: More blood on Apple iPod’s Click Wheel: Microsoft pulls plug on Zune

By SteveJack

Hey, why bother waiting around for the official statement?

While I’m at it, here’s an alternate headline that works for the other half of the thing: “More blood on Apple iTunes Music Store’s play button: Zune is dead.”

You read it here first.

The title of this article is my opinion and I know I’m right. So there.

SteveJack is a long-time Macintosh user, web designer, multimedia producer and a regular contributor to the MacDailyNews Opinion section.

[UPDATE: 7/26, 8:50am: Added “Opinion:” to headline to further denote that this is an opinion article.]

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27 Comments

  1. While I’m sure this will turn out to become true in the foreseeable future – guys, let’s not invent news. I went to read this because I thought it was real news, not made up.

    Do we really need to make up stuff to make M$ look bad?

  2. Suuuuure…

    People said this about PocketPC
    People said this about XBOX
    People will say this about Zune

    They’ll all be wrong. Microsoft can afford to stay in the market indefinitely, even if it doesn’t ‘win’.

    BUT…

    They will only win if the opposition kills themselves. Like Netscape. Like Palm. NOT from Microsoft doing a good job.

    Lucky for us, Apple isn’t Netscape or Palm.

    Microsoft aint so tough when they don’t have their monopoly to leverage.

  3. Not only is this just a bit of fun, SteveJack is also right.

    I think they’ll go for 2 years before quietly forgetting about it.

    If they can clean the dreck out of the market, they may stick it out for awhile longer, but I don’t see MS bothering with it long term.

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