Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Too Many Zune Rumors Starting to Annoy Me

So within the past two years, I've heard tons of different rumors about what Microsoft is planning on doing with the Zune franchise. They started it up a while ago, as an MP3 player and Zune Marketplace. It's not amazingly famous, nor is it beating Apple's iPod in competition, but Zunes are high-quality devices and are getting a little popular.

And then the rumors started. Zune 2. Zune Phone. Zune Smartphone. Zune LOTS OF PHONES. Zune Project "Pink". Zune Touch. Zune HD. ZuneX. And most recently "xYz".

There are obviously many more, but here's a picture summary of the basic rumors:

Listen. I love my Zune. I've had it for almost a year now. It's terrific. It's never failed me once. When "Z2K" happened, my Zune was fine. I've never been happier with an MP3 player before.

But seriously, the rumors are starting to get out of hand.

Let me emphesize this. There will NEVER, EVER, EVER, be a "Zune Phone". Microsoft AREADY HAS A MOBILE PHONE BRAND. They wouldn't be so stupid as to force two brands to compete with each other over phones.

The Zune / Xbox hybrid "xYz" is a bit more plausible. There has yet to be a Microsoft handheld device to compete with Sony's PSP or the Nintendo DS, and Zune devices can stream to the Xbox already.

However, I'd like to say one important thing: Microsoft, can you PLEASE tell us what you're planning on doing? I'm sick of hearing the same rumors countless times without them actually leading to anything solid.

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I highly doubt that the xYz will come into existence. The Zune phone, maybe. It could be a way to convince more people to switch to Windows Mobile.

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