The Zune Design That Never Was?
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://techie-buzz.com/microsoft/images-microsoft-nano-zune.html' target='_blank'>http://techie-buzz.com/microsoft/im...-nano-zune.html</a><br /><br /></div><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//zt/auto/1306899230.usr1.png" /></p><p>Pictured above is the Zune That Never Was. It was a design, created by people at Microsoft, for a product that looked like it would compete with the iPod Nano. Worth noting is that <a href="http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=D638,819.PN.&OS=PN/D638,819&RS=PN/D638,819" target="_blank">the patent application</a> has one name on it that jumped out at me: Albert Shum. He happens to be <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2010/feb10/02-16shum.mspx" target="_blank">Mr. Windows Phone Design</a>. This looks like it would have filled the role of a small media player perfect for jogging, working out, etc. - basically any scenario where the primary purpose was strictly to listen to music or podcasts. The Zune HD hardware is fantastic; I'd have loved to have seen how this little one would have turned out...</p>