The Zune Is Finally Dead

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After years of mediocrity and weak sales, Microsoft is finally killing off its Zune media player, Bloomberg reports.This is the right move. Microsoft should be focusing all of its portable-gadget efforts on Windows Phone 7, to try and compete with Apple and Google there.

And anyway, the Zune’s software is what has actually been semi-well-regarded over the years, and the best parts of that can be shoehorned into WP7 and the Xbox.

(The Zune’s hardware, meanwhile, has always felt like a bad knockoff of last year’s iPod.)

Microsoft will continue to sell existing versions of the Zune, Bloomberg reports, but will not introduce new ones.

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