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Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will cease introducing new versions of the Zune music and video player because of tepid demand, letting the company shift its focus to other devices, according to a person familiar with the decision.

 

Tepid demand… The Zune HD was only available in the U.S. until very recently.  I wanted one but the major selling point, Zune Marketplace was again only available in the United States!  I owned a Zune 120G and loved it, the interface was intuitive better than the iPod.. I was very happy with my purchase..

The Zune software component on the PC was also very good, this they are keeping alive, both on the pc, phone and Xbox. At least for now, they are keeping parts of it alive.

Microsoft is being very closed mouth about this. “We have nothing to announce about another Zune device — but most recently have introduced Zune HD to Canada via the Zune Originals store and remain committed to supporting our devices in North America,” the company said in an e-mailed statement. “We are thrilled by the consumer excitement for Zune across many new platforms, including Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360. Our long-term strategy focuses on the strength of the entire Zune ecosystem across Microsoft platforms.”

 

Another Microsoft pulling away from the hardware arena item.

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