European Zune delayed until 2008?

Ahh man this rules out me having one shortly after my birthday (Nov. 9th) gifts welcome Anyway my mate Patrick of OSNN picked up on this article over at Reg Hardware..

I am not a patient person and will generally do what I can to ensure I can get something as soon as I can, so it gets me all hyped up when I read something like this on the Register:

Microsoft's Zune music player and online content store combo is "way off launch" in Europe and the UK, the company has admitted. The "earliest date" it might appear here? The end of 2007, or possibly even 2008, a Microsoft executive has revealed.

"The earliest date it will be in the UK is towards the end of 2007. However, it could easily be 2008," Microsoft media and entertainment alliance manager Dene Schonknecht said, according to UK trade paper New Media Age.

So the USA get this thing in two weeks and we in the UK might well be waiting yet another 13 months?

Although it won't support connecting to my wireless home network out of the box (or at least not initially) I really like the look of these players, so the only other question I need to ask... If I bought one in the USA will it charge over USB?

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I guess this is due to the store-player integration they want, and having to negotiate the European distribution rights to music?

lol, I was just thinking that! poor guys and since the Australian market usually get the leftovers from the European market, does that mean us Aussies don't get Zune till 2009??

Its not exactly a big loss to be honest!

But yeah - we do tend to get dumped on with regards release dates, new products etc.. thats why we're so shocked when a company manages a worldwide release date and we get it at the same time as everyone else.

Doesn't happen often tho!

Quote - Xerxes said @ #3.1
lol, I was just thinking that! poor guys and since the Australian market usually get the leftovers from the European market, does that mean us Aussies don't get Zune till 2009??

I was thinking the same thing... surely Microsoft would do a world-wide launch. If they could do it with the X360, why not do it with th Zune?
Maybe that crazy man was quoted out of context? We can hope so...

Zune will tank.

When apple releases something, they make it worldwide available since day one. And microsoft takes a year? yeah, right.

You sure this isn't a blog post?

Delays like this is perhaps why Apple keeps quiet on launch dates, any something Microsoft should learn.

Or you could actually read the damn story and get the quote directly from Microsoft media and entertainment alliance manager Dene Schonknecht:

"They will be working on rolling out the Zune in the UK and Europe with its compatible Zune Market place,” said Schonknecht. “We haven’t yet selected a music store provider to build marketplace in the UK, which means we’re way off launch.”

They have no store, have no intention of building a store, just rebranding one, and they don't have a partner yet. Ha, ha, ha!!! This is Microsoft's way of committing to a marketplace: get someone else to do it... Something they've already failed at two or three times here in the U.S. (MSN Music was essentially MusicNet or some other player that I can't recall at the moment, they pitched Napster for a while, and now Urge... And now people are wondering if the Zune marketplace is simply a rebranded frontend to Urge.

Thats ok I have my Black Video Ipod, it's awesome. The DRM is just right to, I have heard of some bad DRM techniques on the Zune. What was it, share your music and videos for 3 days or something? Whats the point of this wi-fi?

Thats ok I have my Black Video Ipod, it's awesome. The DRM is just right to, I have heard of some bad DRM techniques on the Zune. What was it, share your music and videos for 3 days or something? Whats the point of this wi-fi?

THe point is marketing of course..to fool the people that are aware of thechnology the "wonders" of wifi and lock them in.
Oh look!You can share music you your friends!The poor guy buys the devices and oooops...only three times or three plays..and damn...the battery...

Well I guess the EU will be looking at the 2nd or 3rd release by that time. Shame. I wonder what happens to other countries. If their reason is not having a markey place setup yet to buy tracks I'd be suprised if they had that going in smaller regions like Australia.

This could be solved if they would just allows protected WMA's from the outset instead of requiring the files be purchased from the new store. The fact WMA's are available is one of the strengths in the MS format (despite what some would say baout its technical merits). It does give you a bit more choice which is something iPod users somewhat lack in terms of buying songs online.

I do think the Zune is a really missed oppotunity. Hopefully a release or two down the road we will see something and hopefully it just doesnt die down and disapear. I mean to be honest I've hardly heard a peep from the UMPC guys (origami) since that was the big thing 6 months ago.

Actually, this could be good for us, like Smigit says, we might get it with the 2nd/3rd generation Zune, and get to see if Zune is really worth it. I'm a bit dodgy when new products come out, especially MP3 players which are ment to be Ipod killers. I would wait a year anyways, so either way, I'm not bothered.

I think a delay between US release and Europe is a good thing for us in europe, any major problems can hopefully be fixed by the time it reaches us. But a year or so wait? I think thats far to long, i would say 6 months max.

Why dopn't they just hurry up and get URGE available here in Europe and then use thatwith the zune.

Europe gets everything last because where the majority of tech companies are located? That's right, US and Japan. Whatever Europe had to offer has been bought already and the decision-making has moved over the pond, and the only mainstream company we are left with is Philips (to be fair, I think they should've just kept making light bulbs).

Having said that, Europe is rich with small manufacturing companies that offer very good and solid tech (acoustics, Hi-Fi, for example), but the majority of that isn't the mainstream market because of price.

The old world should just get it's $hit together and get something going without selling out. Aussies can hope on board too, they're cool and have been deprived of latest tech as well.

You seem to have your facts confused. Phillips makes very high quality products, its just a common misconception in North America since it is not a "local" company. For example, RCA sells some pretty crappy DVD players which are pretty much rebadged units, but lots of people think RCA is high quality (it was before, now its crap).
Phillips also invented most of the component in all the TVs out there, and some of their inventions (like the i2c bus) in is virtually every computer in the world.
I am surprised they still make the old style lightbulbs, they should focus more on technology (granted they have some very nice florescent bulbs).
Besides Phillips, Nokia, Siemens, and a bunch of other technology producers are still located in Europe.

Not really fair at all, looks as though I will be getting the video iPod after all if this is true because i was waiting for the zune. This is just like what happened with the PSP and probabaly the PS3 too.

Do yourself a favour and opt for an iPod.

Apple: 6 generations to perfect it.
Microsoft: Preliminary Zune reviews are pretty bad.

If you're still not convinced, check out the iPod's marketshare versus all Windows Media compatible combined. The final cherry on the top of course, is that not only does the iPod look much prettier, it works with iTunes, which I'll admit I didn't like much at first, but once I got the hang of it, now I love it.

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