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Join Date: Aug 2007
Zune gone for good - left out of Windows 8 Preview
We have had the Zune name around since late 2006, and until last year it was alive and well, until of course Microsoft pulled the life support. But we held our heads high with the Zune Software and Zune continuing on through Windows Phone 7. It's been and almighty roller coaster ride, but it seems, the ride is being shut down for good.
Microsoft is changing its branding identity rapidly, exchanging the ever-loved flag for a bland window frame, and has done the same to the loved service of Windows Live and Zune. Don't worry, they will still live on as services, but their name will vanish from Windows 8. Windows Live services such as Windows Live Mail, WL Calendar, WL Contacts, WL Gallery, will all be stripped. They will become Mail, Calendar, People, and Pictures, respectively. Why is this? Microsoft are trying to streamline their user content and the amount of names they use in their services. It's all about keeping the user close and understanding what he is using without stupid monikers like Windows Live and, sadly, Zune too. Zune will become Music and Videos, separate apps. And following suit, it seems Zune Pass will become a Spotify-like subscription service.
The Windows 8 Preview will be released in a couple days, and if this is all well and true, it's a sad day for me. At the moment Windows Phone 7 still holds true, but again with Windows 8 ever looming and the total domination the OS will have over all three main groups (PC, Tablet, Phone) it will soon disappear. It's all understandable, I don't think they want a failed brand lingering around on anyones desktop any longer than it needs to, but it'll be sad to see it go.
We have a total of 6-Zunes in the house (1-30BG / 1-120GB / 2-16HD / 2 - 32HD), and I believe them to be a much better media player than any other out on the market. We also have two iPods in the house - but they are better for playing than podcasts or music.
In addition, I love how the software handles media and podcasts. Apple cannot even come close.
I woill try to keep them alive as long as possible as I am not sure what I would replace them with.
FYI: We also have a couple of Samsung Galaxy players (5"), and they are very nice. But, Zune sill handles media better.
I tried the music app. Nothing happened when I plugged my Zune or Lumia 800 into my computer, so at least as of now, it is not a replacement for a Zune syncing software. It's also just a preview so things could change.