Microsoft Discontinues Zune Players -- Or Does It?

Microsoft Discontinues Zune Players -- Or Does It?
Apple appears to be one step closer to complete domination of the portable music industry, as Microsoft will reportedly no longer be manufacturing its Zune music players. This news comes after five years of Microsoft attempting to carve out a niche in a market dominated by the iPod and its many spin-off products.

The death of the Zune is quickly becoming every bit as questionable as its life. As PC World points out, on Tuesday (October 5), the product's website was updated to say, "Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy, and that we will no longer be producing Zune players."

That website has since been taken down (but you can see the cached version here), and @ZuneSupport tweeted, "We are still supporting the Zune HD hardware. No official info has been released stating hardware is being discontinued."

So what exactly is the status of the Zune player right now? Well, we're not entirely sure, but there appears to be some wires crossed over at Microsoft right now. And while the company appears to be withholding some information, one thing is certain: it's not likely to put an end to iPod's monopoly with promotional blunders like this.