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Old 01-23-2009, 11:40 PM
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Default Zune Revenue Plummets

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/23/microsoft-reports-100m-decline-in-zune-revenue/#comments' target='_blank'>http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/23/...venue/#comments</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>&ldquo;Microsoft's newly-announced layoffs and declining profits aren't the only bad news in Redmond -- according to the company's quarterly statements, Zune platform revenue decreased $100 million, or 54 percent compared to the same quarter last year, due to falling device sales. Mega-ouch. Not all is doom and gloom for the Entertainment and Devices Division, which continues to be profitable with a $151m haul: Xbox 360 and PC platform revenue increased six percent to $135 million. Meanwhile, Apple saw a three percent increase in iPod sales over the same period, so we're anxious to see what Microsoft has planned for reviving the social.&rdquo; (via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/23/microsoft-reports-100m-decline-in-zune-revenue/#comments" target="_blank">Engadget</a>)</em></p><p>Can anyone say &lsquo;ouch&rsquo;? Year over year decline in revenue of over half is terrible news. Now I realize we&rsquo;re the midst of a recession but that still doesn&rsquo;t soften a blow like that to a division that needs to show some progress. I&rsquo;m fairly confident the Zune won&rsquo;t be going anywhere anytime soon at least. I believe its too important to Microsoft&rsquo;s entertainment strategy in the long term. It does need to be relevant, however. It may be time that Microsoft looks at its Zune strategy and decide if it&rsquo;s time to change anything.</p><p>I think that if Microsoft could get some very tight integration with Zune and its Windows Mobile 7 platform they could have a real winner. But it has to be great. Windows Mobile is in so many hands right now that tying the Zune to that platform would be a powerful selling point for both WinMo and Zune. I&rsquo;ve recently moved to Android but if WinMo 7 were to be Zune-capable then they could very well get me back.</p>
 
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:41 AM
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Not sure if tying the Zune with Windows Mobile is the answer here. With RIM, Apple, & Palm all making significant strides I think Windows Mobile is the big loser. All 3 of those phone makers have introduced devices that have had large WOW factors while WM hasn't really released a "gotta have it, right now" type of device.
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:30 AM
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Man, I'm not liking all this negative Zune news recently. Coupled with the rumours of big layoffs at the Entertainment division (Cesar's departure could be a part of that, I'd guess), I don't like how things are going. I don't think Zune is going to be killed off, but I'm concerned about it's future nonetheless.
 
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:44 AM
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MS has deep pockets and has demonstrated in the past (Pocket PC's) they will absorb losses to get a platform going. But in the case of PPC's you could see the gradual momentum . . . I don't see any momentum with Zunes. How long will they be willing to lose money on them ? Jason indicated awhile back he was going to share his thoughts on the topic. Either he hasn't done it yet or I've missed it.
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:58 AM
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I think that if Microsoft could get some very tight integration with Zune and its Windows Mobile 7 platform they could have a real winner.

I agree with this but they don't have time waiting for WM 7. They need to release this along with WM 6.5 later this year.
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Old 01-24-2009, 04:41 AM
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What Cesar is gone?!!! OMG
After all this should I be selling my Zune120?! Seriously, they need to do something about promoting the Zune. I'm wondering if the recent limited updates to the hardware was a sign.
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:16 AM
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I think that if Microsoft could get some very tight integration with Zune and its Windows Mobile 7 platform they could have a real winner. But it has to be great. Windows Mobile is in so many hands right now that tying the Zune to that platform would be a powerful selling point for both WinMo and Zune.
Integration with the Xbox is also worth pursuing. There's so much that the Zune and the Xbox 360/Live platforms have in common that it'd be a shame if they were kept separate for years to come. And, of course, they need to start selling the Zune worldwide - but I've said that so many times that I'm probably just beating a dead horse now.
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:20 PM
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I agree, Microsoft needs to sell their hardware globally. I'm still wondering why they didn't upgrade the hardware, it's a sign I believe. They knew they were losing money and couldn't afford to upgrade the hardware last year. I feel this year will not be good for the Zune. I think they will keep trying to move their zune os into windows mobile devices but they should look into other gadgets too. I don't know anyone who is happy with their win mobile devices.
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:46 PM
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Integration with the Xbox is also worth pursuing.
Good point. They really need to find ways to make Zune an essential companion to XBox. Here are a few ideas...

- Expand Zune Pass to include XBox Gold access.
and/or
- Expand Zune Pass to include a number of TV show downloads per month (perhaps 10/mo).
- Merge XBox and Zune marketplaces and allow XBox to stream music from marketplace.
- Create a hyper social environment combining both XBox and Zune worlds.

I think every XBox Gold subscriber would find value in bumping up to Zune Pass.
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Old 01-25-2009, 12:26 AM
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I think opening up the device for drag n' drop function would help. I've read many people don't like the zune software due to performance issues. It's beautiful software but I need to use it with graphical features turned off.
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