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The Wrath of Zune – MS Flogging a dead horse?

Captain Kirk has a problem, its newyears eve and the Enterprise has relied on a 30gig Zune to entertain its crew....lets just say, the crew have abandoned ship and joined Khan on his, since Khan is lucky enough to have an Ipod instead.

Captain Kirk has a problem, its new years eve and the Enterprise has relied on a 30gig Zune to entertain its crew....lets just say, the crew have abandoned ship and joined Khan on his, since Khan is lucky enough to have an Ipod instead.

Whats Zune?  I hear some of my collegues at work say.  Thats not really a surprise because its an example of another product which Microsoft has (IMO) seen the sucess of others and tried to emulate it, unfortunately (IMO) not succeding and from the people Ive spoken with seen as the “poormans” Ipod, which is largely irellevant since it sales have been blown out of the water by Apples offering.

For the record I dont (and wouldnt) personally own an Ipod either, but its worth mentioning that there is a rumour on the Net that Microsoft is going to expand Zunes deployment to other countries.  Will it take off?  Well looking at some of Microsofts other schemes and the popularity and brandname the Ipod has, I personally would doubt it but at the end of the day it will be the consumer who decides.

Lets remind ourselves of some of the posts that have been placed on the Net in regards to the Zune:




Heres what Electric Pig have to say about a possible UK Zune: http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2009/01/26/will-zune-survive-long-enough-to-hit-uk/

and heres the rumor in regards to Zune being deployed on a wider scale: http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/04/evidence-mounting-zune-platform-update-to-be-international.ars?utm_source=microblogging&utm_medium=arstch&utm_term=One%20Microsoft%20Way&utm_campaign=microblo

Which comes courtesy of a Twitter account which I believe is something which Steve Ballmer would dream about: OneMicrosoftWay

So lets hear from anyone reading this.  Do you have a Zune?  Are you happy with it?

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com

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8 thoughts on “The Wrath of Zune – MS Flogging a dead horse?

  1. Microsoft’s time on this planet is limited.

    Posted by On the Money | April 10, 2009, 12:37 am
  2. and as if Microsoft cant get enough of Zune problems, it was hardly a coincidence then that shortly after that article was type Zune had a few other issues as documented on Twitter here:

    LOL You really couldnt make this stuff up could you?


    Posted by openbytes | April 10, 2009, 7:30 am
  3. I ended this article with the question:

    Do you have a Zune? Are you happy with it?

    I can only assume from the silence that nobody does or if anyone does own a Zune they are not happy with it.

    Or am I wrong?

    Posted by openbytes | April 12, 2009, 9:19 am
  4. Guessing that MS must have boatloads of the newer ZuneHD to unload to the unsuspecting public before MS gives up on it. So while most likely the ZuneHD is the last model ever, it is doubtful we will see MS just come out an say Zune is dead.

    Neither is it likely that MS will just cut the Zune project completely either, for the same reason. But a big cut in the Zune project will mean the same thing as killing it. MS needs to trick buyers into thinking that this product is alive and still being developed, its all PR/lies.

    But then there’s Ballmer, who should at this point have some sort of clue, that the Zune is a brick that cannot be sold. What does Ballmer need, a sign on the Zune departments door, that says “cut here first?” Zune is the ideal canidate for the next cuts (layoffs) at MS. A small start to stop the bleeding of MS money. Only a small start, as Zune never really sold much.

    Xbox360 is a much bigger problem for MS. Why, because XBox360 does make money on game sales and networking. Although the console sales itself are not money makers, and having to replace them up to 10 times is losing MS lots of money. And they still have a high failure rate after all this time. For this reason, and this reason only (there are many other reason as well) Ballmer and Bach should be shown the door.

    Posted by Chips B Malroy | February 3, 2010, 8:53 pm


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