iPod -> iPhone
Zune -> Kin, Windows Phone 7
Distancing themselves from the brand probably wouldn't hurt them at all. I've never seen anyone with a Zune, and never seen them referenced on TV except as part of jokes:
Family Guy: (Carter asks Bill Gates) "Mr. Gates, can you help me re program my Zune? Oh yeah, That's right. I have an iPod like the rest of the world."
Chuck: Do we carry any Rush CD's?
Morgan: No, but not to worry buddy! I have every Rush track on my Zune.
Chuck: Wait, you have a Zune!?
Morgan: Pfft! No, I'll go get my iPod.
I know there was a joke about it on Big Bang Theory too.. but I can't remember how the line went enough to Google for it at the moment.
It might have been more successful if they had called it "WinPlayer" or anything like that which implied it had something in common with they're desktop OS (Like they're doing with Windows Phone 7) so as to trick people into thinking they need that specific player for compatibility.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
LOL 3vi1.... If anyone wants a free zune 80 silicon case... let me know, i'll send it to you regular mail... pro-bono.
Dont even ask how i have it, i just do. Black and while init? silicon cases. And they're right... its not that zunes a bad device... its just bland, and the zune software sucks... theres not a single feature i want in one of those devices, or anything that stands out.
Such a shame, the Zune had potential but I guess Microsoft squandered it so much that it never saw the light of day.
Honestly, I never owned a Zune. Sure they looked cool and different but I guess I just wasn't attracted to them. Also this is the first time I've seen a "Zune" in a news article since last year, I guess that's how important the brand really is.
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I feel pretty angry at microsoft for basically stopping all development on my Zune. I bought a iphone to spite them.
Never bought an iPod or Zune. Got a 2nd gen iRiver Clix instead and love it. Sleek, good sound, cool interface, and a awesome screen for it's size. Check it out.
Good luck finding one now though, too bad.
I actually would have bought a Zune over an iPod... had Microsoft not put the artificial intellectual property rights of the consortiums over the basic rights of the user. Microsoft has the worst track record of all on DRM.
If I'm a good guy and pay for something, but can't use it wherever and however I want, of what use is it to me?
Totally agree with you. These media companies are entitled to make money, but if I have paid for it, then leave me alone.
And Microsoft is out of control, especially when it comes to business licenses. Not only do you have to buy the OS for each client computer and the server OS, but you then have to buy licenses to connect clients to the server! What's up with that? I though the whole point of having a server was to serve clients. Shouldn't a server be able to do that without the need for extra licenses?
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