Zune Media Players Taking Flight With United Airlines
But that's not to say the Zune HD is dead. United Airlines has just given the media player a new lease on life thanks to a partnership that will place Zune HDs into the hands of patrons. Reportedly, United will host around 500 Zune players on extra-long flights between the U.S. and Australia and Hong Kong. The deal will provide those Zune players with pre-loaded content that can't be found anywhere else (think pre-release movies), but details beyond that have yet to be made public.
Honestly, this sounds like a pretty great deal for United customers. You don't have to bother bringing your own device to stay occupied in-flight, and you'll be treated to exclusive material all the while. Not to mention, having a Zune to hold is far easier on the neck than leaning over to get the viewing angle correct on one of those seat-back LCDs. Is the Zune's second wind? Hard to say, but there's no better place to start than the friendly skies.