] is dead
"Microsoft will concentrate on putting Zune software onto mobile phones
For some reason, this news is not (yet) mentioned on Microsoft's "Zune Insider"
Nov 15, 2006:
on the new Zune: "... and it's five years too late".
December 12, 2006:
"I guess "squirting" (a la Zune) didn't turn out to be so fashionable."
Dec 25, 2006:
"Talk about a lump of coal, who got a brown Zune
for Christmas? Really, who's parents wouldn't spring the extra $10 for the real deal?"
Jan 30, 2007:
"The entire distinguishing factor of the Microsoft Zune - as touted over and over by Microsoft - is supposed to be its ability to "squirt" songs wirelessly to other Zunes
Microsoft went so far as to create a mock Apple "switch" demonstration for a recent conference in which the Apple user fumbles around with iTunes trying to find content, and the Zune user coolly and casually gets squirted on (hey, it's their terminology, not mine).
When the whole squirting thing was first announced, I thought it was a FANTASTIC idea. I really thought Microsoft had a home run, making an MP3 player wireless capable, brilliant. Then as details emerged my impression changed. The rub came when it turned out that you could only interact wirelessly with other Zunes, and then only to send songs that would last for three days and then squirt away. Frankly that sucks, that pretty much kills it."
Jan 26, 2009:
"Late Friday, when the company filed its 10-Q, the "why" was a lot clearer: "Zune platform revenue decreased $100 million or 54 percent reflecting a decrease in device sales." Either would have been enough to wind up the "ding, dong, the Zune is dead"
crowd; together, you'd think it's time to buy some landfill space."
Sept 25, 2009:
"Surprisingly, CNET says that Microsoft has killed the ability to "squirt"
DRM-crippled music directly between Zune users. Not that it will be missed."