It was 微软’s answer to the iPod and its thriving iTunes ecosystem, but never gained traction and was ultimately marginalized by the 苹果手机. Now, eight years after its splashy launch, the Zune is quietly being buried. Effective November 15th, Zune’s will no longer be manufactured, and all Zune 音乐 services shuttered. That includes DRM-protected content, which, according to 微软, ‘may not play’ in the future.
The Zune actually had some promise, though by 2007, 苹果 was already starting the wheels on a new revolution. Just one year later, the world experienced the 苹果手机, and bundled iPod functionality. In that brand new arena, 微软’s Windows-powered mobile devices were marginalized even further, and so were its Zune-powered 音乐 ambitions.
微软 is now porting any remaining Zune Music Pass subscriptions to its Groove Music Pass, which works on Xbox and other 微软-powered devices.