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Monday, January 22, 2007

European Zune in Q4 2007?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 09:45 PM

http://www.portableplanet.co.uk/2007/01/21/zune-probably-will-hit-europe-by-holiday-time/

"Zune may not be living up to its hyped iPod killer status as of yet, but Microsoft is still determined to launch the media player in Europe, perhaps by year’s end. "The industry moves in this sort of Christmas to Christmas cycle. So you can expect that there will be more devices, more features in the market at that point," Microsoft’s marketing director Jason Reindorp told Reuters. "Our next round of introductions will probably be in time for the holiday of this year.""

A Q4 introduction of Zune into Europe (as late as it may be) is definitely a step in the right direction. If Microsoft wants the Zune to achieve greater market penetration, it needs to be more globally accessible. That's simply one area the iPod currently has an edge in.


Monday, December 11, 2006

Zune Enters Jamaican Market; Question Marks Abound

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20061210/business/business2.html

"Popular electronics store, Watts New, has added the 30-GB Zune player to its line over the last week, selling them for $29,5000 (plus GCT), compared to the 30-GB iPod for $33,500 (plus GCT)."



Out in left field, Jamaica Gleaner News has reported that the Zune has entered the Jamaican market with a hefty price tag of $295,000 JMD ($4,810 USD) each, or the more acceptable (typo-less) price tag of $29,500 JMD ($481 USD) each. You decide. ;-)

All that said, we're skeptical. There's been hardly a whisper out of Redmond about an official Jamaican launch, and we think this is more a case of a Jamaican store importing Zune devices from the USA and reselling them. Any new Jamaican-based Zune users here care to let us know if this is the real deal? How's that Jamaican Zune Marketplace, or is it non-existent?


Monday, November 13, 2006

Microsoft Makes It Official: Welcome to the Social

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Events" @ 07:10 PM

"Celebrating the U.S. launch of the new Zune™ digital media player and music service, Microsoft Corp. has worked with a number of cutting-edge artists to stage free concerts in public parks and plazas in urban centers across the country. Today at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle at the first of these Zune concerts, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates took the stage to share his excitement for this next step Microsoft is taking in music and entertainment. Gates outlined the Zune vision to create new ways for people to connect, discover and share music and entertainment experiences. He was joined onstage by John Richards, morning show host of popular community radio station KEXP, to showcase the new Zune-to-Zune wireless sharing feature. Richards wirelessly sent the inaugural song to Gates, who then surprised the crowd by giving away his Zune device to a member of the audience. Building on the “Hello from Seattle” greeting printed on the back of every Zune device, Richards created a playlist to celebrate Seattle music in honor of the Zune launch. The complete KEXP “Hello from Seattle” playlist will be available on Zune Marketplace for consumers to download."

The official Zune launch is just a couple of hours away, and well, you know how it goes. Things don't feel official without some official PRs from the company itself. If you're interested in checking them out, hit PressPass for one about the launch and one about the "social". The second PR is very focused on the concept of "future-proofing". Microsoft wants you to know that despite some current limitations, the Zune will be upgradeable. We've seen this happen over the past year with the Xbox 360, and with the same team working on the Zune, I do believe that it'll be given the same sort of treatment.

So, folks, the Zune will be available from 30,000 US retailers. Tell us if you'll be picking up one (or two or three) tomorrow.


Monday, October 30, 2006

No UK Zune Until 2008?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 10:15 AM

http://www.mcvuk.com/newsitem.php?id=24636

"Although the device is on track for release in the US on November 17th, it will miss the lucrative Christmas market in the UK and Europe this year and possibly next, according to a report in New Media Age. One reason for the delay is reported to be that Microsoft has had no one to head up a UK and European launch – however the recently appointed head of Zune International will be building relationships in those areas."

There's word on the streets that Microsoft hasn't found a suitable Zune Marketplace provider in the UK, which sets the UK release date well into the future. One can only hope that by then, they will be marketing next-generation Zune devices. Having the first-generation Zune on store shelves in 2008 is a no-go zone as far as market penetration is concerned.


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