Microsoft Quietly Pulls the Plug on Zune Players
After a relatively short life span for a media player, Microsoft has quietly decided to put an end to its line of Zune media players. After its release in 2006 the player reached moderate success, with many users calling it an iPod killer. Unfortunately, the first generation was plagued by a series of glitches, and sales were never able to match Apple's device. The Zune's death comes by the way of a message on the Zune support site, stating that production of the device will cease. The statement went on to say that all valid warranties will continue to be honored, and the Zune's software and music pass service will remain. Microsoft is canning the device so the company can focus on Windows Phone, and the accompanying media services.