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

“Microsoft Corp. will cease introducing new versions of the Zune music and video-player amid tepid demand, helping the company shift its focus to mobile phones, according to a person familiar with the decision,” Dina Bass reports for Bloomberg.

“The company will concentrate on putting Zune software onto mobile phones such as those running Microsoft’s Windows operating system, said the person, who declined to be identified because the decision hasn’t been announced,” Bass reports. “Zune software lets customers buy songs and movies, as well as pay a monthly fee to stream unlimited music.”

Bass reports, “Microsoft will continue to sell existing versions of the Zune, the person familiar with the matter said.”

MacDailyNews Take: Puleeze. To whom are Microsoft going to sell dead-end pretend iPods with no future development? The eleven existing Zune owners (a mix of IT doofuses and Ballmers)? Just grow a pair for once and issue the press release: Zune players are dead.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: By SteveJack: Told ya so. 😉

Next on the chopping block: Microsoft Retail Stores.

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114 Comments

  1. Will Thurrott, Enderle, Dvorak, Bill & Melinda Gates & their two kids have to carry vinyl records under their armpits with them now whenever they want to listen to portable music in the absence of a Zune?

    1. I almost feel sorry for the those MS children. Can you imagine what it must feel like when everyone else has iPods or iPhones and they have to walk around with Zunes. Well, I guess they really understand what Bill went through as a kid.

      1. I have a friend who got a “zune hd” for christmas, I felt sorry for him 🙁

        he told me that the “app store” for it has “20 games”…. all made by Microsoft (now /that/ sounds 1984 ish)

        he has an old ipod but I think what he was looking for was more of a handheld computer (like an ipod touch).

        He is a bit of a fan of Microsoft though…

    2. Thurrott has been talking about the demise of the Zune brand for at least 3 weeks, but his kids all have iPod Touches, so he won’t be missing any tunes.

      1. i may the only one, but i always thought zune t. was a girl…my gf thought the same..she said zt’s comments are the way a girl talks about technology…….then when i question her on something she says about computer stuff, she says i just don’t understand women ; > ( >

          1. not sure if you have a gf or have had a gf but sometimes they just go online on their own, and yes *gasp* some go to mdn…and some sit and talk (think that’s what she’s doing) while i cruise around peering at the screen time to time….she’s worth every minute of it, tho…. ; > )))

    1. Yep, shows how shit all their other stuff is!

      Gota thank Microsoft for all the worthless crap tech that no one wants.

      Next time do abit of consumer research before splashing your billions on shit that no one wants.

      Who knows, you might actually sell something.

  2. “Microsoft Corp. will cease introducing new versions of the Zune … amid tepid demand

    – ‘Demand.’
    – ‘You keep using that word. I do not think it means, what you think it means.’

  3. Nooooooooooooooooooooo!

    The one Zune owner I know will be very disappointed when this goes public. I always enjoy watching him endlessly sideways-scrolling in attempts to find something, never finding it, and plugging in for a recharge.

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