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The Zune is Dead, Long Live the Zune

I almost jumped on the story about the demise of the Zune for Wednesday's Redmond Report, but had more pressing IT matters to cover.

The reports had Microsoft killing off the Zune, an iPod clone with a few Microsoft twists (like letting one Zune talk to another). Since I've bought a bunch of iPods that later died and proved to be unfixable, I welcomed the Zune to the digital music party.

Like Truman laughing at the Dewey headline, Microsoft begs to differ about the death of the Zune.

Microsoft did not deny that no new Zunes would be forthcoming, but focused more on the future of the software that drives the Zune. After all, little MP3 players are pretty much a commodity now, generating as much excitement as a Hanson reunion tour.

The Zune may actually live on through PCs and Windows phones, and may compete more with iTunes than with the iPod.

How do you store and listen to your music? I have LPs, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs and two iPods. Lay your story on us at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 03/18/2011 at 1:18 PM


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