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Microsoft Kills Zune for Good (Probably)

The audio player quietly slinks away, but some of its features remain in Windows, Xbox, and Microsoft phones.

After a week of confusion, Microsoft's Zune HD is officially no more.

Brian Seitz, senior marketing manager for Microsoft, confirmed the news during last Friday's Windows Phone podcast. "Since you I both were Zune brethren," Seitz said to co-host Matt Akers, "there was finally the announcement that we're not going to be making the Zune HD anymore, which was a bummer."

Seitz's word is as official as it gets, but there wasn't really an announcement. Microsoft first dropped a hint of the a handful of new apps.)

On the Microsoft Store Website, the Zune HD is out of stock.

Microsoft's reluctance to formally announce a commercial flop is understandable. But during the podcast, Seitz made a point that Microsoft might've done well to publicize: Zune players were the first Microsoft products to use the "Metro" interface that's being woven into Windows Phones, Windows 8, and the Xbox 360. Although the hardware was a failure, the software is helping to redefine Microsoft. That's nothing to be ashamed of.

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