Microsoft’s Zune HD appears to be out of stock in the United States.
The company killed and revived its struggling media player several times this week. Microsoft originally removed all references to its Zune players from the company’s site on Monday. Microsoft Zune team member Michael Yaeger then revealed that the Zune player removals were a mistake and that the device had returned to Microsoft’s support pages. A new support article published on Tuesday made it clear that the company had killed off its Zune players. Microsoft’s Zune support team then claimed that the support page was added in error. “We are still supporting the Zune HD hardware. No official info has been released stating hardware is being discontinued,”said a tweet from the company’s official Zune support team. The original support article returned over the weekend, making it clear that the company is focusing on Windows Phone:
“We recently announced that, going forward, Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy, and that we will no longer be producing Zune players. So what does this mean for our current Zune users? Absolutely nothing. Your device will continue to work with Zune services just as it does today. And we will continue to honor the warranties of all devices for both current owners and those who buy our very last devices. Customer service has been, and will remain a top priority for us.”
Microsoft’s Zune HD player appears to be out of stock at the places that the software giant recommends users to purchase it from. Walmart lists the Zune HD as unavailable and Microsoft’s own Microsoft Store claims the device is out of stock. The lack of Zune HD devices on sale could signal the final nail in the Zune HD’s death. Microsoft also recently announced that its Zune and Xbox account preferences have merged. Zune software is part of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 software and the company recently confirmed that it is also working to port existing Zune HD applications to Windows Phone.