Attack of the iClones: No ZunePhone but... ZunePod touch HD?
Personally, I still think Microsoft's only hope at this point is an XboxPhone, but what do I know, I don't run the largest, richest, most talent-laden software company in the world... that runs itself, and everything it produces, into the ground due to paralyzing politics and committee. So, excuse me if I'm nonplussed by the rumors of a new Zune HD, which while not an iPhone clone, or even an iPod classic or nano clone, looks to be positioned exactly opposite the iPod touch. A strategy which has proven so successful for Microsoft thus far...
Dear Steve Ballmer: Please, scorch the earth, start from scratch. Stop worrying so much about Apple and Google and start investing in Microsoft. Start making wonderful experiences for customers all your own. Build an integrated ecosystem from the ground up where Server, Windows, Xbox Windows Phone, and Zune all share a single unified brand and delightful cross-compatibility. Take a lesson from Palm. Spend your years in the desert if you have to, but at least walk in a single, considered direction.
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It does kind of look like the iPhone/iPod Touch but it's hard to create an original touch screen device that does NOT look something like the iPhone/iPod Touch line.
I wish them well with this design because it DOES look nice. My best friend is a " Zuner" and he buys a new Zune every 6 months because he keeps breaking his. I don't even know if Microsoft had a 1 year warranty.
Good to see Apple finally "copying" and "pasting" the idea of copy and paste, picture messaging, video, and their version of backgrounding "push applications".
This new Zune looks promising. And I hope it give Apple a run for their money. Their last iPod Touch update was insulting while the Zune platform seems to be advancing in significant ways. Apple seems to be finally adding radio to the iPod which is something Zune has had for some time. So who is copying who? Answer: both companies are.
NO ONE COULD BEAT APPLE
from the pictures, this looks pretty damn cool. it seems to offer speakers which the touch does not. also if it offers that there is a good chance it may have a microphone or camera. i like the zune, and if they come up with some reallllly cool features at a low cost (250 for a 120GB touch screen) than they may have a pretty good chance at taking some market share.
apples update sucked, and i dont think they're gonna have much of anything this year, so this is the oppurtunity microsoft needs to put its name out ther so that in a few years it will be able to release products that are better than apples.
I will buy a zune phone the second it is released, if it ever will be.