Microsoft: Zune HD is dead

The Zune is dead, long live ... ummm ... Windows Phone?

Microsoft confirms something that most of us have known for a while ... that the Zune HD is dead.

Microsoft confirms the news over on the Zune support portal [emphasis added]:

We recently announced that, going forward, Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy, and that we will no longer be producing Zune players. So what does this mean for our current Zune users? Absolutely nothing. Your device will continue to work with Zune services just as it does today. And we will continue to honor the warranties of all devices for both current owners and those who buy our very last devices. Customer service has been, and will remain a top priority for us.

I suppose it was inevitable really. I do find it odd that Microsoft didn't make a better job of rolling Zune into Windows Phone. That said, Zune wasn't really that strong a brand in the first place.

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