Microsoft Zune Posts

Microsoft Is Shutting Down Zune HD Apps Today

Microsoft Zune Pass users are being notified that the Mixview playback and channel playlist features will be discontinued today.  The music video streaming service on the Zune desktop software is also being shut down.  It appears that Microsoft is consolidating all of their streaming media services under the Xbox brand with the launch of Xbox Music.  Users will no longer be able to send or receive messages through Zune Pass and Zune HD apps will be discontinued.


Microsoft Confirms Zune Brand Is Going Away

You may have noticed that amidst all of the Microsoft E3 news, there was no mention of what is happening to the Zune. However Microsoft did announce that they were launching a new music service called Xbox music, which would run on the Xbox 360, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. Microsoft spokeswoman Melissa Stewart has confirmed that the Zune brand will be winding down so that the better-known Xbox brand will be used for entertainment services. Zune Music customers who created playlists using the old service will still be able to access them through the Xbox Music service.

Microsoft Windows Live and Zune Seem To Be Winding Down With Intro Of Windows 8

Microsoft appears to be winding down the Windows Live and Zune brands as Windows 8 is being introduced. Windows Live applications are being rolled into preinstalled apps that work as the core of “Windows Communications” applications for Windows 8. Windows Live ID will be replaced by Microsoft Account. And the Zune will be replaced with Store, Music, and Video applications. But Zune Pass functionality will still exist.
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Microsoft Announces Discontinuation Of Zune To Focus On Windows Phone

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has officially announced the end of the Zune. According to a support article on the Microsoft page:
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Microsoft To Stop Producing New Versions Of The Zune

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is going to stop introducing new versions of the Zune according to a source with Bloomberg. Microsoft is focusing on putting Zune software on mobile phones instead. The Zune music player launched in 2006 in an effort to compete with the Apple iPod. “We have nothing to announce about another Zune device — but most recently have introduced Zune HD to Canada via the Zune Originals store and remain committed to supporting our devices in North America,” said Microsoft in a statement. “We are thrilled by the consumer excitement for Zune across many new platforms, including Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360. Our long-term strategy focuses on the strength of the entire Zune ecosystem across Microsoft platforms.” [Bloomberg]

United Airlines Switching Sirius XM Radio To Microsoft Zune Channels

United Airlines (NASDAQ:UAUA) is replacing Sirius XM Radio with Microsoft Zune channels. The contract with Sirius XM ended May 30 and United Airlines decided not to renew. About 21 Zune channels will be available on every in-flight entertainment equipped United aircraft across various genres. []

Microsoft Launching 64GB Zune HD On April 12th For $350

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has announced that they are releasing a 64GB version of Zune HD on April 12th. Zune fans can buy the device through the Zune online store on the launch date. Retail partners will receive the device later on. The MSRP of the device is $349.99. As a result of the new device’s introduction, the 16GB and 32GB Zune HD will see a $20 price cut on the MSRP to $200 and $270, respectively. The full press release is below [Engadget]:
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Microsoft Cutting Off The Original Zune

Microsoft Corporation will be cutting off the original Zune when the Zune HD is released on September 15.  The Zune HD will cost $220 for the 16GB and $290 for the 32GB.  If you want one of the older Zunes, then it is highly recommended that you buy one now.