In an attempt to get employees to give up Apple iPods in favour of its Zune MP3 player, Microsoft's Zune team has installed a bin at its HQ so employees can chuck out their iPods.

A photo of the "iPod Amnesty Bin", which has on it an image of a bitten green apple and the words "Bite me," has been posted on Flickr. From the looks of the photo, not many people have been willing to give up their iPods, though a few of the earlier versions of Apple's popular media players were lying at the bottom of the bin.

A user who calls himself "fimoculous" and identified himself in an email as employee Rex Sorgatz, posted the photo, and said he thought the bin was someone's idea of a joke, nothing more. is a joint media venture between Microsoft and MSNBC.

"My guess is someone at Zune thought it would be funny, that's all," he said. Sorgatz said he is an iPod user, but could be convinced to switch if he found a superior product.