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Old 12-15-2006, 05:00 PM
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"The key to Microsoft's decision to make the Zune, I was told, is that although Apple controls 75 to 80 percent of the overall MP3 player market, Apple almost completely controls the only parts of the market that make money (large-capacity MP3 players). For all its work creating the underlying technologies for the PlaysForSure initiative, Microsoft watched as its numerous hardware partners managed to collectively steal only tiny amounts of share in the low-end flash memory player market. This business model clearly isn't sustainable, given the amazingly low numbers that even all $200-plus PSF devices combined sold over the last holiday season. "There is still a future for PlaysForSure," Caulton said. "But we can't just wait for the iPod to blow over." Eventually, Caulton says, the portable MP3 player market will settle down into a less rapidly evolving, less innovative space. This will allow consumer electronics companies to commoditize things, as happened with the personal computer industry. But the personal computer market was vertical for at least 25 years, before the IBM PC and its compatible clones took hold."

If you have a few minutes to spare, and most importantly, if you want some insight into Microsoft's marketing decisions and what the company has in store for the current-generation and future-generation Zune devices, check out Paul Thurrott's Zunestory. It's a great read.
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Old 12-15-2006, 06:24 PM
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The "missing features" bit is very interesting. The lack of USB storage, video downloads, podcast support, video codecs, and the lack of a use for the WiFi really didn't count in my purchase decision. I'm an aging gadget fan and have learned (verrry sloowwly) that features are mostly marketing - and they work even on me. I want all those features but I will not use them. 99% of the time I want to listen to my music (ripped form my CDs) or listen to the radio on my Zune. Of course many people will use the missing features as they are implemented and I do have a few home videos of the kids on my Zune. But practically speaking, MS (very uncharacteristically) did a great job on the Zune - it's an easy, fun and great sounding music player.
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