It has been some time in coming, and if I am going to be honest, they were relegated to the after thought pile a long time ago. I mean after all even Microsoft had kicked this to the curb years ago (March of 2011 to be exact). Â But for me, the Zune has just now officially died as all 3 of the Zune devices I had are Â dead. Â Batteries that have not been charged in way too long that have just given up any hope of functioning. Â I had given it a thought of resurrecting at least one of them for use while in the gym or running. Â But alas it was not to be.
I was a big fan of the Zune when it came out. Â But it was my well documented hatred for all things Apple that kept me from realizing the plight. Â I refused to accept that a device as fantastic as the Zune could not catch up with the crappy iPod devices of the time. Â Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t Zune Guy crazy, in my beliefs, but despite being late to the game, I really thought that Microsoft would be able to make up ground quickly and catch up. Â I couldn’t have been more wrong. Â The Zune would “one up” an iPod device, only to find that Apple had already moved a generation ahead. Â By the time Microsoft perfected the Zune version of the Nano with the “Squircle” Apple was already introducing the iPod Touch. Â And in the time it took for the Zune HD to hit the market, the iPod Touch, iPhone and Android devices already had app stores for their devices, leaving the Zune HD dead in the water, simply drifting rudderless for a couple of years before Microsoft finally mercifully put it out of commission.
The “Metro” interface and other features that were cutting edge and sleek when introduced in the Zune became an albatross of an idea that Microsoft was loathe to move from. Â First the Metro Interface was the basis of the tiles for refreshed (and also late to the game) Windows Phone 7 and 8, and the much maligned new start screen of Windows 8. Â Sadly, these missteps may put the Zune in a poor light historically. Â But it was the great little device that could… if only it had been given a fair shot. Â RIP (again) Zune.