Microsoft's Zune HD Dead Again, Maybe for Good

Looks like Microsoft's Zune HD media player may be dead after all. The latest mention of the gadget's demise arrives via Windows Phone Radio session #45. Just past the 12 minute mark, the team confirms that "we're not going to be making the Zune HD any more, which is a bummer." The topic then turns to Zune services within Windows Phone and how this will be the company's new focus.

Currently the device is listed as "out of stock" on Microsoft’s online store, but the company previously stated that it will support the PMP hardware as well as "honor the warranties of all devices for both current owners and those who buy our very last devices."

News of Zune's demise began to circulate last Monday after its product page was removed from the official Zune website. But then Microsoft Zune team member Michael Yaeger said that it was a mistake, that the Zune HD page wasn't supposed to be removed, and then quickly powered up the product listing once again.

Then on Tuesday, Microsoft indicated that yes, the Zune HD was dead by way of a support page that said the company plans to focus on Zune services via Windows Phone, but the page was quickly removed. Later Microsoft's official Zune support team neither confirmed nor denied the device's death, saying via Twitter that "no official info has been released stating hardware is being discontinued."

But there's no denying it now: the Windows Phone team spilled the beans in a radio session. The support page has even returned, saying that "we recently announced that, going forward, Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy, and that we will no longer be producing Zune players."

Sounds like the Zune HD is done... for today, at least. What will tomorrow bring?

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  • I guess it's never a R.I.P. for the Zune.
  • Let it be, Microsoft, let it be.
  • Yeah, media players are going to die. Phones will take over their responsibilities. The only media players that'll survive, are iPod-nano sized devices, just because their lighter and convenient for working out. ok and maybe something you can hook up to a camera for those professional types but ultimately phones will take over most of those types of responsibilities. Tri-quarters for the win.