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Submission + - MS: Zune not dead, just pining for the fjords (slashgear.com) 1

UnknowingFool writes: After changing their story and admitting that the Zune was dead, MS has changed the story again and says that Zune isn't dead saying that there was “no official info has been released stating hardware is being discontinued.” Other than the notice on the Zune website (which has been pulled), they mean. At this point it is either comical or sad.

Submission + - Zune dead then not dead then officially dead (zune.net)

UnknowingFool writes: On Monday MS updated webpages to announce a price drop for the Zune pass subscription, it removed all references to the Zune hardware. This prompted many to suspect the Zune was dead. A MS spokesman then tweeted that the updates were in error and the Zune was not dead. Then MS later admitted that they will no longer produce hardware but would honor any existing orders. It appears MS has trouble with managing their PR.

Submission + - Zune free games: Ad viewing required (pcworld.com)

UnknowingFool writes: In releasing the Zune HD, Microsoft decided not to open up software development on the new Zune to 3rd parties yet. Today Microsoft released a handful of free games for the Zune HD: Texas hold 'em, Sudoku, Space Battle 3, Shell Game, ...Of the Future, Hexic, Goo Splat, and Chess as well as calculator and weather apps. Users, however, are required to view an ad (up to 30 seconds) while the game starts up. While ad-supported free games are also on other platforms like the iPhone, the difference here is that those iPhone games are from 3rd parties and not from Apple.

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