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Microsoft mistakenly pulls Zune HD references, sparks worry

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Mon October 3, 2011

Zune HD references temporarily disappear

Microsoft sparked a brief moment of panic after dropping all references to the Zune HD on its Zune Pass page. The absence, which only left PCs, Windows Phone, and Zune, led some to believe that Microsoft had quietly dropped the MP3 player. Michael Yaeger from the company's team posted a clarification noting that the product pages were still up and it was a "publishing mishap."

The move won't necessarily assuage concerns that Microsoft is phasing out its dedicated Zune players. It recently dropped Zune HD Originals and now turns customers only to retail to buy the stock players. Work is already underway to port Zune apps to Windows Phone.

Zune should eventually take on the Windows Live name and effectively diminish the role of the name it once hoped would challenge Apple's in 2006.

Most of Microsoft's effort in the past year has been on supporting Windows Phone, where much of the Zune HD's experience has been ported and redesigned to work on the longer-lasting platform. The shift has brought music streaming to the Xbox 360 as well. The lack of significant device updates for two full years and frequent price cuts have suggested the company has no near-term plans and that it may have conceded the MP3 player market to the iPod now that the industry is in decline.

By Electronista Staff


  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010


    Zune was D.O.A.

    No, Zune didn't just die. It was never alive in the first place.

  1. aristotles

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Jul 2004


    Its death was reported...

    too Zune.

  1. Herod

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2007


    "hey guys we need to divert the iphone event!"

    "kill the zune HD!"

  1. LenE

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2004


    Someone noticed!

    Who was paying attention? Perhaps this was some wacky scheme dreamed up in Redmond to get "buzz".

  1. nat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Mar 2002


    ya gotta

    feel sorry for those two people that began to worry.

  1. slapppy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2008


    Huge number

    I think more than a dozen started to worry about it. That's huge for a Zune news! lol

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