Microsoft’s standalone media-player dream has just died (or become even more dead), with the company confirming earlier rumours that no more Zune players will be made. It’s Windows Phone or bust from now on.
In a post on the Zune Support Forums, a Microsoft employee confirmed the end of the physical form of Zune, saying “Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy, and that we will no longer be producing Zune players”. So the only error about yesterdays “publishing error” was that it should’ve been published today.
If you already own an imported physical Zune or use the software shops and services in the UK those will continue to work, as the servers and Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace will be staying online.