Windows Phone Thoughts - Daily News, Views, Rants and Raves

Check out the hottest Windows Mobile devices at our Expansys store!


Digital Home Thoughts

Loading feed...

Laptop Thoughts

Loading feed...

Android Thoughts

Loading feed...




Go Back   Thoughts Media Forums > WINDOWS PHONE THOUGHTS > Windows Phone Software

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 03-16-2011, 02:30 AM
Contributing Editor-in-Training
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 33
Send a message via MSN to Steven McPherson
Default Update: Zune is Alive and Well!

http://anythingbutipod.com/2011/03/...ne-is-not-dead/

 

Okay, clearly we've all jumped the gun and read far too much into the article our friends at Bloomberg posted yesterday. Zune is NOT dead and is clearly alive and well, according to Dave Mclauchlan, Senior Business Development Manager for Zune Hardware. "I've had tweets, emails, PMs and phone calls. People offering condolences, checking in on me, etc... etc... Stop, stop, stop!" stated Mr. McLauchlan in a post earlier today.  Sorry Zune, we didn't mean to communicate your time-of-death prior to your heart actually being stopped.  Really, we didn't.

That said, I have to believe that the Zune hardware has to evolve. Its latest hardware release, the Zune HD, is an older one (18 months old) and is in desperate need of new applications. While its probably the best sounding and overall portable music and video experience on the market, its content needs to evolve or it needs to die as a hardware platform.  

Microsoft is clear that the Zune hardware platform for this year is Windows Phone 7. That's the right message. The Windows Phone platform has content and thriving marketplace of over 10,000 applications and games, subscription music and video galore. If Microsoft is truly going to succeed in the portable media player market they need to evolve the Zune Media player platform to consume applications, games and content from the same marketplace. Music. Check. Video. Check. Applications. Not so much.

Hopefully over the next few months Microsoft will become more clear how the Zune hardware platform will evolve, but I'm glad to hear that I shouldn't be laying my lovely silver Zune to rest any time soon. 

 

 
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-16-2011, 02:38 AM
Pupil
jimmyfal's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 16
Default Phone is the platform?

How dumb is that. How about a mini zune, and a waterproof zune? Man I hope something comes along in the hardware department. And I still don't know ANY kids that even know what Zune is.
 
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-16-2011, 04:44 AM
Intellectual
txa1265's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 190

Quote:
Originally Posted by jimmyfal View Post
How dumb is that. How about a mini zune, and a waterproof zune? Man I hope something comes along in the hardware department. And I still don't know ANY kids that even know what Zune is.
Alive? perhaps, just like Linux as a mainstream consumer OS.

Well? Not so much .. .
 
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 03-16-2011, 07:41 AM
Philosopher
virain's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 554
Send a message via MSN to virain

Quote:
Originally Posted by jimmyfal View Post
How dumb is that. How about a mini zune, and a waterproof zune? Man I hope something comes along in the hardware department. And I still don't know ANY kids that even know what Zune is.
I am all for waterproof Zune!
__________________
You create your opportunities by asking for them
 
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 03-16-2011, 01:33 PM
Neophyte
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 2
Default Need more

These unofficial statements are great and all but Microsoft needs to make an official announcement on the future of Zune now. Every major news source has posted on the demise of Zune now thanks to the rumor from Bloomberg and very little if anything has came out of Microsoft through official channels to challenge the rumor. The only statements concerning the issue have been made through forums and social networking sites. They are kicking themselves in the but unless they get aggressive about this issue soon.
 
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 03-16-2011, 05:03 PM
Contributing Editor-in-Training
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 33
Send a message via MSN to Steven McPherson

A waterproof Zune it is!! What more does one need? The problem with the Zune isn't hardware and it isn't technology. We see this so much these days that companies are developing technology that has limited application or developer push behind it. Microsoft needs to learn from Apple on the consumer side of things. Please, please Microsoft make a Zune device that will consume all of applications and games that are delivered for Windows Phone 7. With a sister hardware device solely focused on media, Microsoft has a good chance. Imagine a smaller PSP-like device that you can play XBOX games on and have your media and applications too. What kid would want an iPod then?

I let you determine that for yourself.
 
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 03-17-2011, 12:06 AM
Intellectual
Alber1690's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 167
Send a message via MSN to Alber1690

What I don't understand is how the Sansa, Coby, Sony MP3 players continue to exist, with a myriad of models and many form factors, but it's so hard for Microsoft to maintain a few on the market, mainly just online? Can't they just accept the fact that Zune can/will remain a #2 and produce (on a smaller scale) a couple of models? Maybe make them really cheap and you've got a nice alternative?
 
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 03-17-2011, 06:56 PM
Intellectual
txa1265's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 190

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alber1690 View Post
What I don't understand is how the Sansa, Coby, Sony MP3 players continue to exist, with a myriad of models and many form factors, but it's so hard for Microsoft to maintain a few on the market, mainly just online? Can't they just accept the fact that Zune can/will remain a #2 and produce (on a smaller scale) a couple of models? Maybe make them really cheap and you've got a nice alternative?
On the one hand I agree, but on the other it is pretty clear that the 'dedicated MP3 player' has run its course, and is now fast becoming a niche market.
 
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 03-17-2011, 11:01 PM
Editorial Contributor
Sven Johannsen's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 5,411

Yea, the dedicated PMP market is dead. I personally would much prefer using my phone for music when exercising, doing yard work, riding a bike. That way when the device breaks I can pay the full price, $500-$600, to get a new phone, considering I have to pay for the service monthly whether I have a device or not. I would much rather get my kids an expensive, battery sucking, memory poor, smartphone that comes with a monthly data plan, complete with exhorbitant overage charges, to enjoy media and games. That way when they loose or break it, I can continue to pay the phone plan.
__________________
Sometimes you are the anteater, sometimes you are the ant.
 
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 03-18-2011, 12:25 AM
Intellectual
txa1265's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 190

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sven View Post
Yea, the dedicated PMP market is dead. I personally would much prefer using my phone for music when exercising, doing yard work, riding a bike. That way when the device breaks I can pay the full price, $500-$600, to get a new phone, considering I have to pay for the service monthly whether I have a device or not. I would much rather get my kids an expensive, battery sucking, memory poor, smartphone that comes with a monthly data plan, complete with exhorbitant overage charges, to enjoy media and games. That way when they loose or break it, I can continue to pay the phone plan.
Haha ... I love it! And so true!

Being 'dead' doesn't mean non-existent. I listen to music in my car, and personally think the iPod Touch (and by extension the iPhone) is the worst iPod Apple has ever made due to lack of no-look capabilities. Same goes for my Android phone. So I have a nice little 4GB 1st gen iPod Nano that handles those capabilities ...
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


LinkBacks (?)
LinkBack to this Thread: http://forums.thoughtsmedia.com/f398/update-zune-alive-well-105730.html
Posted By For Type Date
Apple: The world's most important Windows software developer? | ZDNet This thread Refback 11-11-2011 03:01 PM
Aol Comcast Hotmail Gmail Yahoo | ai-soft.com This thread Refback 04-27-2011 12:01 PM
Apple: The world's most important Windows software developer? | ZDNet This thread Refback 04-15-2011 02:52 PM
Apple: The world's most important Windows software developer? | ZDNet This thread Refback 03-17-2011 09:55 PM
Windows Phone Thoughts - Daily News, Views, Rants and Raves This thread Refback 03-17-2011 08:57 PM
Apple: The world's most important Windows software developer? | ZDNet This thread Refback 03-17-2011 03:03 AM
Apple: The world's most important Windows software developer? | ZDNet This thread Refback 03-16-2011 04:49 PM
Apple: The world's most important Windows software developer? | ZDNet This thread Refback 03-16-2011 03:37 PM
Apple: The world's most important Windows software developer? | ZDNet This thread Refback 03-16-2011 03:32 PM
Apple: The world's most important Windows software developer? | ZDNet This thread Refback 03-16-2011 02:16 PM
Apple: The worlds most important Windows software developer? | ai-soft.com This thread Pingback 03-16-2011 11:44 AM
Windows Phone Thoughts: Update: Zune is Alive and Well! This thread Refback 03-16-2011 08:27 AM
Apple: The world's most important Windows software developer? | ZDNet This thread Refback 03-16-2011 07:15 AM
Apple: The world's most important Windows software developer? | ZDNet This thread Refback 03-16-2011 06:45 AM
Windows Phone Thoughts: Update: Zune is Alive and Well! This thread Refback 03-16-2011 06:00 AM
Apple: The world's most important Windows software developer? | ZDNet This thread Refback 03-16-2011 05:40 AM
Apple: The world's most important Windows software developer? | ZDNet This thread Refback 03-16-2011 05:14 AM
Windows Phone Thoughts: Update: Zune is Alive and Well! This thread Refback 03-16-2011 03:59 AM
Windows Phone Thoughts - Daily News, Views, Rants and Raves This thread Refback 03-16-2011 02:36 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:29 PM.



Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2