All eyes are now focused on the release of the Microsoft Phone 7 devices, which has already been released in Europe and will be available in the US early next month. There’s obvious comparisons between the Zune HD and Phone 7, as their operating systems seem to have the same origins. In fact, the Zune Software is going to be used as the main conduit for syncing, purchasing, and loading material onto the Phone 7 devices (much like how Apple uses iTunes for similar functionality with their iPod/iPhone/iPad devices). So what’s up with the Zune media devices?
That’s a really good question, as there has been very little talk of new Zunes appearing for the holiday season. Currently, the only offering is the Zune HD and I’ve seen very little of those devices at my local stores. I so see lots and lots of iPods and iPads at stores like Best Buy and Target lately.
Will the Zune HD fade into extinction? Or will Microsoft take a wait-and-see approach to how well Phone 7 works out, and then build upon that technology and platform for a next-generation Zune? Similar to what Apple has with their iPhone and iPod Touch?