Microsoft’s Zune selling like snotcakes

“Microsoft’s attack on the Apple iPod began with a whimper Tuesday as Zune players made a lackluster debut in US stores,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.

AFP reports, “Two boxed Zune players sat ignored on the top shelf of a Plexiglas showcase packed with iPod accessories in a Virgin Megastore near Union Square in San Francisco’s popular shopping district. ‘I didn’t even know they were there until a customer pointed them out,’ said sales clerk Jake Brooks. ‘I’m sure we have more in a closet in the back somewhere.'”

“By mid-afternoon the store had sold one Zune player and one other person had inquired about them,” AFP reports. “The scene was bleaker at a CompUSA store a block away, where the manager said that an oversight by Microsoft sales people had resulted in the store not getting Zunes for display. No apparent harm was done though, said the manager, because no shoppers came asking about Zunes.”

“Apple has sold nearly 70 million iPods since introducing them in 2001 and the devices command about 75 percent of the global MP3 player market,” AFP reports. “Apple’s online iTunes store sells digital music, podcasts, video, and films [with music library of over 3.5 million songs]. Microsoft’s online Zune Marketplace sells only music for the devices [with a library of about 2 million songs].”

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Reuters reports, “Donna Murphy is no fan of the ubiquitous iPod music player so on Tuesday she became one of the first to buy Microsoft’s new rival Zune device. ‘I just needed a new MP3 player to play my music and watch videos,’ said Murphy, who bought a Zune at Best Buy’s midtown Manhattan store. ‘I’m not an Apple fan, not an iPod fan. So I wanted to try something different.'”

“But initial shopper interest suggested the Zune media player—heavily promoted in gadget reviews and television talk shows—was in for a slow building process,” Reuters reports. “An employee at the Best Buy store said two shoppers entered the place as it opened and purchased Zune players, and that about 20 were sold within the first three hours.”

“At the Virgin Megastore in New York’s Times Square two circular displays sporting Zune players with earphones attached were unmanned that morning, save for store employees restocking supplies,” Reuters reports.

Full article here.

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91 Comments

  1. Donna Murphy is no fan of the ubiquitous iPod music player so on Tuesday she became one of the first to buy Microsoft’s new rival Zune device. ‘I just needed a new MP3 player to play my music and watch videos.

    Good for her. If only more people had the courage of their anti-Apple convictions.

    Will she still feel this way when she experiences the grainy video quality or has problems installing her Zune? Who knows? At least she’s made a stand. And she might find someone to network with in around a year.

  2. ‘I just needed a new MP3 player to play my music and watch videos,’ said Murphy, who bought a Zune at Best Buy’s midtown Manhattan store. ‘I’m not an Apple fan, not an iPod fan. So I wanted to try something different.'”

    I hope it wasn’t DRMed. If so, she is SOL.

    Hah.

  3. “Good for her. If only more people had the courage of their anti-Apple convictions.”

    Yeah… uh.. way to root against the good guys…Good job Donna.. Apple has gotten away with providing a stellar end-to-end experience long enough.

  4. “I just needed a new MP3 player to play my music and watch videos,’ said Murphy, who bought a Zune at Best Buy’s midtown Manhattan store.’I’m not an Apple fan, not an iPod fan. So I wanted to try something different.'” There are a lot of people like her out there intimidated by coolness but even that’s ok. But why not buy a Sony, Creative or even Toshiba who actually makes the turd Zune? M$ fans are a bunch of ignorant herd!

  5. You know, this whole I-can’t-like-it-cuz-it’s-popular things is so sad. I guess I went through that phase when I was in my early 20s as well, but it’s just so stupid. There are plenty of popular bands and products that are great, and there are PLENTY of unknown bands and products that are just awful.

    There is no such thing as “alternative” any more. Hasn’t been for at least 15 years.

  6. Hey mudflapper,

    The Zune does play videos. The Zune Marketplace isn’t selling videos yet, but there’s nothing to stop you putting your own videos on there. Same as you can do in iTunes – buy from the iTunes Store or import your existing video collection.

  7. I made a trip to the local CompUSA store last night so that I could bad-mouth Zune. They didn’t have any and the sales kid never heard of it. He knew all about ipods. I walked over to the Mac section and hung-out for a few until a family approached the iBooks. They were possible switchers and I sold the crap out of Apple by telling the truth: My wife and I have owned 11 PC’s and switched to Mac four years ago and started a new and better life. I left them with the feeling that they would be new Apple fans. Zune sucks.

  8. “Donna Murphy is no fan of the ubiquitous iPod…”

    There are not enough iPod “anti-fans” to make a difference. You know the product must suck if the primary reason for someone buying it is because she is “not an Apple fan, not an iPod fan. So I wanted to try something different.” She definitely got something “different”…

  9. She wants to try something different yet she uses windows? When will she get her mac (or even install Linux) so she has a computer different from most people? Sounds like a contradiction to me.

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