Microsoft says Zune Executive to leave the Company

Bryan Lee, a senior Microsoft Corp. executive who oversaw the launch of its Zune digital music player, plans to leave the company. The corporate vice president at Microsoft's entertainment and devices division also played a key role in shaping the Xbox game console business and the introduction of its Internet Protocol television software. According to Microsoft, Lee plans to leave the company in the next several weeks to pursue personal interests. J Allard, a rising star within Microsoft and one of the early Xbox leaders, will now take full responsibility for the Zune business.

News source: Reuters

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A little birdie in Redmond (previous co-worker) told me that Bryan was pretty much asked to leave due to the total lackluster Zune launch. Currently the best place that any of the Zune's models can come up with on the Amazon best selling list is 21st. It's behind products from Apple (of course), Creative, and SanDisk.

I thought the ipod was a great device. But yea... I hope the zune gain some grounds soon. Hmm.... anyone remember the Dell DJ mp3 player ?

with the exception of having a store, and the seriously crippled wifi system, the creative zen vision w is a far better device.

Well I think that just proves the point that the Zune is a failure.

Bryan Lee staked his job on its success and now his leaving just proves it hasn't worked.

http://today.reuters.com/business/newsArti...10-51_N31219554

Microsoft faces a major challenge in grabbing market share from Apple Inc.'s

Yeah well you get that when you release a crappy product!


I hope Allard can put some rabbits out of the hat. Lets dump the "brown" colour, lets dump "the social", lets dump the "DRM" 3 times or 3 day crap, lets allow the wifi to connect to normal wifi, lets halve the price, lets make it smaller, you get the idea.

Peter McGrath said,
Well I think that just proves the point that the Zune is a failure.

Bryan Lee staked his job on its success and now his leaving just proves it hasn't worked.

I hope Allard can put some rabbits out of the hat. Lets dump the "brown" colour, lets dump "the social", lets dump the "DRM" 3 times or 3 day crap, lets allow the wifi to connect to normal wifi, lets halve the price, lets make it smaller, you get the idea.

DRM = RIAA not microsoft

Size isnt that bad and nor is the price.

I agree Microsoft has to have the DRM in there. (they should strip it from purchased music)

I also own a black and a brown and I have to say they both look really good mainly because of the double shot effect, the size is right (don't expect to go running with it)

However they have the worst campaign of all time. They need to rethink 3 days/plays. And I want to be able to purchase songs over Wi-Fi.

Peter McGrath said,
Well I think that just proves the point that the Zune is a failure.

Proves it??

The wording in that headline managed to sway your opinion that easily, huh? Of course it was worded that way for that very reason. I guess there are sheep who are easily manipulated by the media.

C'mon. He also previously quit his position in the Xbox division, does that mean that was also a failure?

Jim Allchin just left Microsoft right after shipping Vista. Are you also going to suggest that Vista is a failure too?

Bill Gates himself is leaving in mid-2008; is Microsoft therefore a failure?

People come and go; you can't measure the success of a product by who's in charge this week.

I pity those whose opinions are so easily influenced by some sensationalist headline.

The arguments about "brown" are completely defeated by the fact that brown is outselling white on Amazon.com. It's certainly an interesting color that sparks opinions, but maybe it was meant to. Sales-wise, you'd criticize white.