¹ Robert X. Cringely Weighs in on Zune - Thoughts Media Forums Zune Thoughts

Zune Thoughts.com

Thanks for visiting Zune Thoughts - be sure to register in our forums!


Laptop Thoughts

Loading feed...

Windows Phone Thoughts

Loading feed...

Digital Home Thoughts

Loading feed...




Go Back   Thoughts Media Forums > ZUNE THOUGHTS > Zune Talk

 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
  #1  
Old 09-29-2006, 06:24 PM
Jason Dunn
Executive Editor
Jason Dunn's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 29,160
Default Robert X. Cringely Weighs in on Zune

http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20060928.html

"Finally, some people would say that Microsoft's decision to launch its Zune music player against Apple's iPod is dumb too, but I am not among that group of people. On the face of it, smart people are asking why Microsoft would sell a product that isn't likely to EVER be profitable? Microsoft can't afford not to do it. Zune goes on sale November 14 for $249, the same price as a 30 gig iPod. But Zune has WiFi and a larger screen than the iPod, so it has to be costing more to make and delivering less (if any) profit to Redmond. As I wrote two weeks ago, Apple does iTunes to sell iPods, so Microsoft is going to have a hard time turning that model on its head and making its profit from selling music. Ain't gonna happen."

Robert X. Cringely always has an interesting way of looking at the tech world, and even if his often wild predictions don't come true, I enjoy reading them. The latter third of his September 28th column deals with the Zune, and he speculates that the Zune is a deep, long-term play - and I agree with him. Zune is about the platform, not the 30 GB media player being sold in November. Platforms are long term, very deep plays that take years to develop fully - and Microsoft has shown that they can fail with applications (remember that Java-based Flash competitor in the late '90s?), they can fail with devices (their cordless phone), but when it comes to platforms, Microsoft has a very strong track record of success. The people that look at the first Zune player as being the end-all and be-all of the Zune platform aren't seeing the big picture.
__________________
Want to contact me personally? Use this. Want to read my personal blog? Check it out. Want to follow me on Twitter? Here you go.
 
Reply With Quote
 


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 Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
An International Zune User's Guide (Updated) Jason Dunn Zune Talk 37 01-15-2011 03:33 PM
The Zune Review, Part 1: The Out of Box Experience Jason Dunn Zune Hardware 10 11-24-2006 06:06 AM
The Zune Review, Part 2: Software Install & Initial Setup Jason Dunn Zune Hardware 22 11-16-2006 03:37 PM
Griffin Technology Launching 10 Accessories for the Zune Jason Dunn Zune Accessories 0 11-01-2006 09:30 PM
Microsoft PressPass: Microsoft’s Zune Delivers Connected Music and Entertainment Experience Jason Dunn Zune Talk 7 09-23-2006 01:40 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 04:49 PM.