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Microsoft's Zune Launched – OSnews  OS News

Usually, we do not report on .mp3 players. However, sometimes we cannot go around them. Today is one of those times: Microsoft has launched its supposed ...

OS News
U. of San Francisco Prof Stephen Zunes Joins Code Pink 'Delegation' to Iran to 'Challenge' Trump's Policies  Middle East Forum

University of San Francisco Middle East studies professor and Tehran regime shill Stephen Zunes recently traveled to Iran with "anti-war" group Code Pink---and ...

Middle East Forum
Killing Spree: Popular Products And Services Axed By Microsoft  MySmartPrice

A week ago, Microsoft killed off its fitness band and related health services. The software giant halted the sales of the band hardware a couple of years ago.

Zune Forever: The Diehards Still Obsessed With Microsoft’s Colossal Failure  Motherboard

It's hard to forget the Zune. After all, Microsoft's mid-2000s bid to sink the iPod with an MP3 player of its own was notable for its immense thirst. The Zune, which ...

The last time Microsoft was more valuable than Apple, the Zune was still taking on the iPod  Business Insider

Microsoft briefly surpassed Apple as the most valuable US company on Monday. The last time Microsoft was worth more than Apple was in 2010.

Business Insider
The Zune Is Dead. Here's What to Do With Your Old One  WIRED

It's been an unnecessarily slow, cruel death for Zune. Microsoft's music *service*—which lets Zune hardware users stream and download tracks—was left to wither ...

Microsoft announces the Zune, intends to compete with Apple: First foray into MP3 market  Campus Times

In response to Apple's market domination, Microsoft announced the release of their new MP3 player, the Zune.

Campus Times
That's no Zune, it's a FiiO M7  PC Perspective

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2018 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom Tagged: audio, FiiO, m7, Exynos 7270, Sabre 9018Q2C, DAC. There are those for ...

PC Perspective
Zune HD made me wish I never bought an iPod  Windows Central

I, like the majority of people, bought an iPod. I actually bought several of them, starting when I was 18 with a 20GB fourth-generation model of what would ...

Windows Central
Microsoft’s Cortana speaker will go the way of the Zune  Computerworld

Remember the Zune? Probably not, or if you do, you don't remember it well. It was a portable digital music player launched by Microsoft in 2006 to compete with ...

Samsung's New Note and Galaxy Watch Won't Threaten Apple  Fortune

Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch but Apple will likely surpass the products with new iPhones and watches next month.

Remembering Microsoft's Zune: 4 Product-Planning Lessons for Entrepreneurs  Entrepreneur

Zune struggled to capture even one-eighth of the iPod's market share. Why did Zune, backed by the Microsoft tech juggernaut, fail to find its foothold? Simple: ...

What Is A Zune? 'Guardians 2' Pokes Fun At The Extinct Music Device  Bustle

All Marvel movies have a decent amount of comic relief in them. Whether it's Tony Stark cracking wise, Thor being a fish out of water, or Captain America being ...

Did You Buy Music from Zune Before 2012? Please Read This  Thurrott.com

I received an email from Microsoft this morning alerting me that music I had purchased from the Zune *service* before 2012 would need to be downloaded or it will ...

The Flop That Saved Microsoft  Slate Magazine

It wasn't very easy to get my hands on a Zune. After Microsoft's long-pitied music player won Slate's Reader Takeover poll—in which I'd promised to reassess an ...

Slate Magazine
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director explains importance of the Microsoft Zune  Polygon

Who could have predicted that a Microsoft Zune would be important again? [Warning: The following contains spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.].

Chris Pratt ponders the primitive Zune in Guardians of the Galaxy deleted scene  The Verge

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), trades in cassette tapes for another piece of bygone tech: Microsoft's Zune. The Zune ...

The Verge
Microsoft finally retires Zune sevices, which apparently still existed  Mashable

Zune has been all but dead for years, but Microsoft is finally — offically — putting its online *service* out to pasture. Even though Microsoft ended production of its ...

For some, the Zune is not gone and definitely not forgotten  The Seattle Times

The Microsoft music player, launched 10 years ago this week, may have been ill-fated, but it remains more than a memory for a dedicated group of fans on ...

The Seattle Times
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s best joke is a jab at Microsoft  Polygon

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 doesn't go easy on the frequency of jokes, but the best one takes a little jab at Microsoft after a pretty emotional moment.

Tales In Tech History: Microsoft Zune  Silicon UK

Another Microsoft hardware failure, the Zune media player was nevertheless once touted as a real challenger to the Apple iPod. Microsoft was in an enviable ...

Silicon UK
'Guardians Vol. 2' Proves That It's Never Too Late to Drag Zune  Inverse

Music is a big part of 'Guardians of the Galaxy', so it's fitting that the sequel takes the time to make a joke about one of the industry's biggest flops.

Bitter Zune fan hilariously rants about how the device was way ahead of its time  BGR

Back when dedicated digital music players were still a thing, the big battle was between Apple's iPod and Microsoft's Zune. The iPod won this battle handily, over ...

Zune hardware was a mistake, admits former Microsoft exec Robbie Bach  The Verge

Microsoft's first Zune hardware launched in late 2006, around five years after the initial Apple iPod hit the market and less than a year before the iPhone changed ...

The Verge
R.I.P. Microsoft Zune: the Media Player We All Loved, but Never Used  Gizmodo

The Zune was a really good media player that should have been a success. Except it was always late to the party. A party full of white earbud wearers who left ...

Who is the real Joe Biden: Middle-road "moderate" or corporate tool with a dubious record?  Salon

Democrats' likely frontrunner aims to be a bridge-builder, but his record seems mismatched with the energy of 2020.

This week in tech history: Zune 2.0 and Droid Incredible leaks, Palm rumors, and Apple conspiracy  The Verge

It was 10 years ago this week that the first details of the second-generation Zune leaked, turning out to be right on the mark in hindsight. The Microsoft follow-up ...

The Verge
Zune Guy Considers a New Tattoo  Wired News

If Microsoft's new Zune HD can win this guy's heart back, it might have a chance after all. Steven Smith got known as the “Zune Tattoo Guy” for getting the logo of ...

Wired News
RIP Zune - The New York Times  New York Times

Microsoft is phasing out Zune, a name that once symbolized grand plans to curb Apple's entertainment ambitions. The Zune music *service* will be renamed Xbox ...

New York Times
R.I.P. The Microsoft Zune is officially dead  Consequence of Sound

The Zune is dead. Long live the Zune. Microsoft ended production on its attempt at an iPod-esque MP3 player back in 2011. As of this week, however, the Zune ...

Consequence of Sound
Signed Guardians 2 Zune Up for Charity Auction | ScreenRant  Screen Rant

James Gunn and the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have signed a Zune like the one featured in the blockbuster film and are auctioning it off to raise ...

Screen Rant
How Apple HomePod Avoided Making the Mistakes of Microsoft Zune  TechSpective

If I were to coin one word for this decade it would be “ironic”. The most recent example is the Apple HomePod. Because it seems to approach Amazon's.

Facebook Just Shoplifted Snapchat’s Best Idea  The New York Times

The messaging platform figured out the value of privacy a long time ago.

The New York Times
Microsoft phasing out Zune Marketplace rentals and purchases, but Zune Pass lives on  The Verge

Xbox Music and Xbox Video are the future of Microsoft's digital media ecosystem. But putting a greater focus on the Xbox brand means saying goodbye to some ...

The Verge
Microsoft ‘objected to the Zune joke in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’  NME.com

Microsoft reacted badly to the Zune joke in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, the film's director has revealed. At the end of the Marvel sequel, Sean Gunn's Kraglin ...

The 4 Greatest #TechFails—And the Lessons They (Hopefully) Taught Us  Observer

If you're late to the last party, you'd better figure out how to be early to the next one.

How Microsoft failed with Windows 10 Mobile  Computerworld

This week Microsoft announced the end of Windows 10 Mobile, which prompted me to look back at its short life and reflect on both why it failed and how it could ...

Zune.net is dead, redirects to Xbox Music’s website  The Next Web

Change the guard, the era is over. Brown Zune, your reign is at an end. Today it became known that Microsoft has set up a domain redirect from Zune.net, to the ...

The Next Web
Ask Paul: Replacing a Zune HD  Thurrott.com

For some, there is Zune HD and then there is nothing else. But what do you do when a Zune HD gives up the ghost? Is there an acceptable modern alternative?

Zune HD specs reveal battery life estimates, format support  Ars Technica

Microsoft has finally released the technical specifications for the Zune HD. …

Ars Technica
iPod didn't kill Zune, Microsoft did  BetaNews

Earlier today, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft has unofficially killed the Zune music player. The company isn't officially saying yes or no, but based on a ...

What old tech are you hanging on to?  Liliputing

Microsoft's Zune music player never caught on the way Apple's iPod devices did. But the company actually made some pretty compelling portable media players, ...

Microsoft Didn't Want The Zune In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2  Comicbook.com

In the third act, Ego The Living Planet makes two fatal mistakes. The first is that he tells his son, Peter Quill, that he deliberately killed his mother, giving her a ...

Leap-year glitch freezes Zune MP3 players  CNN

A leap-year related glitch caused thousands of Zune MP3 players to simultaneously stop working late Tuesday and early Wednesday, Microsoft said on the ...

Microsoft ends support for Zune  Business Insider

Microsoft Alas, poor Zune: Microsoft's long-doomed answer to the iPod has finally given up the ghost, according to a quiet and brief eulogy posted on Microsoft's ...

Business Insider
The Zune that never was, developed by members of the former Microsoft Courier team  ZDNet

Here's a nice find by patent sleuth Manan Kakkar. A group of Softies filed a patent application in 2009 for a media player that Microsoft never ended up ...

Former Microsoft Zune Boss Explains Why It Flopped  Business Insider

Robbie Bach, the former leader of Microsoft's home entertainment and mobile business, gave an interesting post-mortem on the Zune, Microsoft's failed attempt ...

Business Insider
Pushing Zune: Is Microsoft Fighting an Uphill Battle?  Knowledge@Wharton (subscription)

In what was billed as "a significant step forward," Microsoft on September 15 launched its next-generation Zune HD media player, touting the device's ability to ...

Knowledge@Wharton (subscription)
Zune-era music visualizer set to return to Groove Music for Windows 10?  Windows Central

A classic feature from the Zune PC software may be coming back to Groove Music for Windows 10. Here why we're excited about visualizer!

Windows Central
Grab and backup your Zune HD apps today, Microsoft changing services  ZDNet

I am a huge fan of the Zune HD and think it should have seen success at Microsoft. Unfortunately, Zune HD apps is going away today, 31 August.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Deleted Scene Shows Star-Lord Learning Zune  CBR

In a new deleted scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Chris Pratt's Peter 'Star-Lord' Quill explores the wonders of the Zune.

The Zune Home Screen  Lifehacker

Let's be honest. While it was a bit late to the multimedia party, the Zune product family was doing the minimalist, authentically digital thing before it was cool.

Microsoft to pull forum support for Windows 7 and 8.1 from next month  IT PRO

Microsoft is pulling forum support for Windows 7, 8.1, 8.1 RT along with a range of other products from next month. A message shared with the Microsoft ...

Leaked Zune Images Point to 3rd-and Possibly Fake-Device in Microsoft's Lineup  Fast Company

Microsoft may have another new audio player up its sleeve: The Zune "3rd," as it's being dubbed. The tip came in the form of a supposed advertising image, ...

Fast Company
When Apple introduced the iPhone on Jan 9, 2007, it was the ultimate 'computer for the rest of us'  AppleInsider

On January 9, 2007, in the shadow of the CES, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone. You know that it was an extraordinary and flawless demo from the outside, but ...

Microsoft may be replacing Zune with a 'Spotify-like' Xbox Live music service  The Verge

HTC apparently isn't the only company interested in starting up a new music *service*. We have heard that Microsoft is planning on significantly revamping its ...

The Verge
Microsoft Taps Indie Cool With Zune Arts Videos  Wired News

Microsoft isn't known for hip marketing, but a surprisingly creative ad campaign that uses animation and indie tunes to promote the Zune is generating a buzz ...

Wired News
Music Player From Microsoft Offers Wireless Song-Sharing  New York Times

Microsoft said its Zune music player will include wireless technology that will allow owners to share songs and playlists easily.

New York Times
Microsoft Discontinues All Current Zunes  Wired Blogs

We know already that the Zune HD, Microsoft's rather nice-looking iPod Touch competitor, is due in stores September 15th. We also know that it will cost $220 for ...

Wired Blogs
Hands-On With the Zune HD  Wired News

The upcoming Zune HD was the talk of the GDGT launch event in San Francisco last night, and we got a look at the device. First impressions: It's compact, ...

Wired News
Zune vs. iPod specification smackdown  engadget

The new Zunes are official so let's get to it: a spec-by-spec scrap between Redmond's new Zunes and Cupertino's formidable iPod foe. Unfortunately, Microsoft...

'Avengers: Infinity War' Deleted Scene Joins the Fans in Blaming Star-Lord [Comic-Con 2018]  /FILM

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, a Marvel experience showed off a never-before-seen Avengers: Infinity War deleted scene, and we have all the details here.

'More AIPAC Than J Street': Kamala Harris Runs to the Right on Foreign Policy  Foreign Policy In Focus

The California senator's hardline positions on Israel-Palestine point to a dangerous disregard for international law.

Foreign Policy In Focus
How Microsoft is killing off the Zune and Windows Live brands in Windows 8  The Verge

Microsoft appears to be killing off two of its key user-facing brands with the upcoming Consumer Preview release of Windows 8. Windows Live applications have ...

The Verge
Arnold Schwarzenegger crushes a Zune with a tank, but doesn't know what a Zune is  Geek

Regular visitors of YouTube will be well aware of the video series “Will it Blend?” where newly released devices, such as smartphones, media players, and ...

Zune Hackers Create Toolkit to Make Apps, Games  Wired News

A team of three developers has created a toolkit that can bypass Microsoft's limitations on developing programs for the Zune. The kit allows independent ...

Wired News
How to sync the Zune HD with a Mac  The Next Web

Do you own a Zune but use a Mac? Must be rough. While there is no Zune media player software suite for Mac, Microsoft did write a quick and dirty program ...

The Next Web
Zach Galifianakis to President Obama: Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to make your Web site?  GeekWire

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama from President Barack Obama This is pretty hilarious stuff. President Barack Obama goes ...

'Infinity War': What Song Were the Guardians of the Galaxy Listening To  Inverse

'Infinity War' certainly wasn't 'Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3,' but that bunch of A-holes was a big part of the movie, and they brought a taste of their soundtrack to ...

Microsoft’s 15 Biggest Flops of All Time  Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Microsoft is one of the greatest technology companies of all time, but for every Windows or Office, there have been epic fails such as the Zune and Clippy.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Microsoft may have its groove back but it's binned 'Groove'  The Register

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's new book says the company has its groove back, yet the company has also decided to kill off the Zune-zombie by sending music ...

The Register
30GB Zunes Killing Themselves In Droves  Wired News

The internet is awash with reports that the 30GB Zune is committing suicide across the planet. Not just one of them, either. It seems that some weird bug is ...

Wired News
The iPod changed the world. The world moved on, but we still remember our first MP3 players  CNET

From iPods to SanDisk Sansas, we reminisce about our first MP3 players -- and all the music we packed in our pockets.

Zune HD post mortem and fond memories from inside Microsoft  GeekWire

Microsoft has been sending mixed messages about the future of its standalone Zune music hardware over the past several months, to say the least. Back in ...

Review: Microsoft Zune HD 16GB (one week in)  Geek.com

The Zune HD has landed. That seemed like an odd thing to get excited about, but in the months leading up to its release the device managed to build up a lot of ...

Microsoft cancels Zune HD leaving one last portable HD radio on the market  Radio Survivor

This week Bloomberg reported that Microsoft will introduce no new versions of its Zune HD portable music device. Conceived as a competitor to Apple's ...

Radio Survivor
Microsoft Zune Review  IGN

Microsoft Zune Review. Our extensive review of Microsoft's iPod-killer. Will the Zune indeed feast on Apple flesh? Read on!

Microsoft delves further into manufacturing with Zune plant  MarketWatch

This update corrects a typographical error in the fifth paragraph. Microsoft's Jason Reindorp mentioned cost efficiencies, not deficiencies. SAN FRANCISCO ...

Zune HD: The best portable media player you may never buy  BetaNews

On Friday, I bought a Zune HD 32, so that you wouldn't have to. On Monday, I may return it. The Zune HD is perhaps the best portable media player released by ...

Disappointment (and a Little Hope) in First Foreign Policy Test of the New Congress  Progressive.org

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bill—now headed to the House—which supports the continued presence of U.S. military forces in war zones in the greater ...

Own a Microsoft Zune signed by the "Guardians of the Galaxy" cast from director James Gunn and the Rainforest Trust  Inside the Magic

“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn is nothing if not a thoughtful, fan-friendly filmmaker. That's why when he decided to incorporate an outdated ...

Inside the Magic
Microsoft's Zune crashes as iPod sales grow  Apple Insider

Microsoft's Zune hit the ground even harder in its third holiday quarter. After two years of annual sales that barely reached the million unit mark, the company ...

Apple Insider
Barack Obama Uses a Zune  Gizmodo

After all of the misinformation and dirty lies spread about Obama over the course of the presidential campaign, this is the most shocking I've heard about him: He ...

Microsoft's Zune: Can It "Turn Up The Music" Over iPod?  CNBC

Microsoft's new family of Zunes is generating quite the buzz this week: new colors, new capabilities, and for the first time since Zune's original release, talk that ...

First-Gen Zune Getting All The New Features: This is How You Treat Your Customers  Gizmodo.com

Click to viewThe first generation 30GB Zune—which 1.2 million of you already purchased—is getting all the new Zune's features. All. Sure, the new Zune is more ...

Noozy Picks Up the Zune’s Music Player and Drops It On Android  Lifehacker

Android: When we asked what your favorite non-iPod music players were, the Zune was second only to your smartphones—specifically your Android phones.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's top 9 flops, from Tablet PC to Xbox One  Los Angeles Times

Microsoft's tumultuous fall on the stock market during the last 13 years has largely been fueled by missteps in the consumer products market. Though Bill Gates ...

Los Angeles Times
I’m in love with Astell&Kern’s crooked, beautiful, ridiculously expensive MP3 player  TechCrunch

It may be old-fashioned, but I find dedicated MP3 players wonderful little devices. I've used tons over the years (the Zune HD is still the best) and I'm glad to see ...

Microsoft cutting Zune Pass cost by 33% with no more free songs to keep  ZDNet

Microsoft is reducing the Zune Pass monthly fee from $14.99 to $9.99, but is also no longer going to offer the 10 free songs per month option.

Third time's a charm: Ars reviews the Zune HD  Ars Technica

When Microsoft first launched the Zune, the player was something of a kludge. The hardware design had been licensed wholesale from Toshiba, and the fact ...

Ars Technica
Let's Predict the Soundtrack for 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3'  GQ Magazine

My favorite moment in the original Guardians of the Galaxy came at the very end, when Star-Lord finally opened the last gift he ever received from his mother ...

GQ Magazine
Microsoft Gets Zune Strategy Right, Tablet Strategy Wrong  PC World

Sometimes Microsoft seems to finally get it, and sometimes it just seems to drop the ball. The contrast between Microsoft Zune and tablet strategies is a prime ...

PC World
Up Close and Personal With Zune, Microsoft's 'iPod Killer'  ABC News

What looks like an iPod, acts like an iPod, plays music, videos and photos like an iPod but isn't an iPod? If Microsoft has anything to say about it, the answer is ...

ABC News
Zune: A rant in 5 parts  CNET News

CNET's Senior Editor Donald Bell describes five features that surprised him about the Microsoft Zune 4, 8, and 80.

Actually, Barack Obama Doesn't Use a Zune  Gizmodo

After A Philadelphia City Paper blogger lit the Internet on fire with a hot scoop on our president elect's shockingly unorthodox choice of digital music player, the ...

Zune HD: Still Not an iPod Killer  Seeking Alpha

Hopes were high when Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) introduced the Zune in 2006. As the first MP3 player to feature WiFi and an FM radio, the Zune stood out by ...

Seeking Alpha
Rescinding a Human Rights Award to Angela Davis Was Cowardly and Unfair  Progressive.org

This past October, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute announced that activist, author, and scholar Angela Davis would be presented with the Fred ...

Zune surprises in first sales week - Nov. 29, 2006  CNNMoney.com

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Reports of lackluster sales of Microsoft's Zune that surfaced earlier this week might be a bit premature. Microsoft's newest MP3 ...

Microsoft surpasses 2 million Zunes sold. Apple sells 3.53 million iPods a month  VentureBeat

It has been known for a while that Microsoft's Zune is the number two or number three digital music player (depending on the market) in the United States.

5 Epic Product Fails and the Lessons They Can Teach Your Small Business  Entrepreneur

No matter how diligently you prepare when you launch a new product, you can never guarantee success. In my own area of product design, for instance, I've ...


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Zune is a discontinued brand of digital media products and services marketed by Microsoft. Zune included a line of portable media players, digital media player software for Windows PCs, a music subscription service known as a "Zune Music Pass", music and video streaming services for the Xbox 360 game console via the Zune Software, music, TV and movie sales, and desktop sync software for Windows Phone. Zune also provided music streaming for United Airlines inflight after a partnership in 2010.The Zune hardware players were discontinued in October 2011. In June 2012, Microsoft announced plans to discontinue all "Zune" services; instead Microsoft would distribute its digital media content and services under the Xbox Music and Xbox Video brands available on its line of products including Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Xbox 360 game console, and Windows Phone smart phones. The www.zune.net domain now redirects to Xbox's website, but the software retains the Zune name. The Windows Phone App succeeded Zune Software as the desktop sync service for Windows Phone 8, as part of Microsoft's discontinuation of the Zune brand. However, Zune Software must still be used for Windows Phone 7 desktop sync, and is still available to download from the Windows Phone website for all Windows Phone 7 devices. In November 2015 Microsoft retired the Zune music download and streaming service. Remaining Zune subscribers were switched over to Microsoft's Groove Music platform.