Zune

Zune was a line of digital media products and services marketed by Microsoft from November 2006 until its discontinuation in June 2012. Zune consisted of a line of portable media players, digital media player software for Windows PCs, a music subscription service known as a "Zune Music Pass", music and video streaming services for the Xbox 360 game console via the Zune Software, music, TV and movie sales, and desktop sync software for Windows Phone. Zune was also the provider of music streaming for United Airlines in-flight, after a partnership in 2010.

Zune
ManufacturerMicrosoft
TypeDigital media, Portable media player
Release dateNovember 14, 2006 (Zune 30)[1]

November 13, 2007 (Zune 4, 8, 80)[2]
June 13, 2008 (Zune 4, 8, 80) September 16, 2008 (Zune 16, 120)[3][4]
September 15, 2009 (Zune HD 16, 32)[5]

April 12, 2010 (Zune HD 64)[5]
DiscontinuedJune 2012
Operating systemWindows Embedded CE 6.0
CPUFreescale i.MX31L processor ARM Core
Nvidia Tegra APX 2600 (Zune HD)
Storage4, 8, 16, 32, and 64 GB flash drive
30, 80, and 120 GB hard drive
Display1.8in glass LCD screen, resolution 240×320 (Zune 4, 8, 16)
3in QVGA LCD screen, resolution 240×320 (Zune 30)
3.2in glass LCD screen, resolution 240×320 at 4:3 aspect ratio (Zune 80, 120)
3.3in glass OLED touchscreen, resolution 480×272 at 16:9 aspect ratio (Zune HD)
TouchpadCircular directional pad (non-touch)
(30 GB release)
Touch-sensitive Zune Pad
(4, 8, 16, 80, 120 GB releases)
Capacitive touchscreen
(HD release)
ConnectivityWi-Fi (Zune-Zune, Sync-PC, Microsoft Surface)
USB
Online servicesZune Marketplace
PredecessorPortable Media Center
SuccessorGroove Music and Microsoft Movies & TV, Windows Phone 8

The Zune hardware players were discontinued in October 2011. In June 2012, Microsoft announced plans to discontinue all "Zune" products, and instead, Microsoft would distribute its digital media content and services under the Xbox Music and Xbox Video names, available on their line of products, including Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Xbox 360 game console, and Windows Phone smart phones. The www.zune.net domain now redirects to Xbox's website, but the software retained the Zune name. The Windows Phone App succeeded Zune Software as the desktop sync service for Windows Phone 8, as part of Microsoft's discontinuation of the Zune brand. However, Zune Software must still be used for Windows Phone 7 desktop sync, and is still available to download from the Windows Phone website for all Windows Phone 7 devices. In November 2015, Microsoft retired the Zune music download and streaming service. Remaining Zune subscribers were switched over to Microsoft's Groove Music platform,[6] whose subscription services closed on December 31, 2017.[7]


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