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San Francisco (CA) – GameStop made waves today, stating that it will no longer carry the Zune MP3 player lineup. The company already removed stocked players from its stores, but will continue selling the devices through its website until supplies are exhausted. GameStop said that there much is much less demand for the player than the company initially had anticipated.

GameStop is not considered a key retailer for the Zune media player and is certainly not playing on the same level as Wal-Mart, Best-Buy or Target. However, GameStops decision to simply pull the player from its product from its stores is likely to attract attention. A GameStop spokesperson was quoted saying that the company has “decided to exit the Zune category because it just did not have the appeal we had anticipated.†Claiming that the player was also not a great fit for its product mix, the decision to drop the device was apparently made about a month ago.

The news comes about a week after Microsoft revealed that about 2 million Zune players have been sold since the player’s launch in 2006. That number indicates that Zune sales have slowed considerably over the past year: Microsoft had sold one million Zunes within six months after launch. To reach the second million, Microsoft needed a full year. In comparison, Apple sold 10.6 million iPods during the first three months of this year and 22.1 million units during the Christmas quarter.

A general revenue chart provided by Google checkout reveals that Zune sales have traditionally been behind iPod sales and were able to dent Apple sales only between October 2007 and January 2008 – when the smaller 4 GB, 8 GB and the larger 80 GB models were unveiled. A look on Amazon’s bestseller lists also reveals a sales advantage of iPods over the Zune. Apple’s white 4 GB iPod nano is currently ranked as the best selling MP3 player, while the black 8GB Microsoft Zune follows in #2. However, the following 22 spots are dominated by Apple (with the exception of seven players from Creative and Sandisk). The black 80 GB Zune is ranked 24th, the black 30 GB Zune 28th, the red 80 GB Zune 30th and the red 30 GB Zune 41st.

According to analysts, Zune is estimated to hold a 4% share of the MP3 player market at this time.
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post #2 of 24
I've got me a white zune30 and a silver ipod classic 80... I bought my first zune a brownie from Game Stop lol


i did think though.. it was a weird fit for an mp3 player at the store
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post #3 of 24
I love my zune, just something about owning the music I put on it, instead of apple if I were to have an ipod.

Kind of funny that they created extra entries based on color, should only be based on model.
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post #4 of 24
That's a shame since the Zune 2 80GB is godly.
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post #5 of 24
Wow that's sad. I've got 4 Zune's personally. A 30GB white one, A 30GB black one, and 2 of the 2nd gen ones in Pink and Brown....they were the only 2 in stock.

I use them for my movie players. The LCD screen is perfect for this while the iPod isn't. The Zune also has better music quality IMO. I got my iPod though because I can replace the HDD to get more space and still get it covered under warranty as long as I keep the original HDD . Zune isn't as easy and is pretty much better left at stock.
Edited by KamuiRSX - 5/23/08 at 4:22pm
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post #6 of 24
It's really a shame that the iPod has so much hype. I own a 30gb iPod and a 30gb Zune, and the Zune is a superior product in almost every way (I LOVE wireless sync). I can see why GameStop would stop selling it though: I can't imagine many people go to a video game store to buy an MP3 player. I would guess that most of those purchases are made online.

Meanwhile, I'll patiently await the eventual release of a ZunePhone.
post #7 of 24
sadly, zune does not support asian characters
and some of my songs are in chinese or japanese
so i am having a hard time to look for the songs
btw i own a 30gb brown zune
    
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post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by MKLAW View Post
sadly, zune does not support asian characters
and some of my songs are in chinese or japanese
so i am having a hard time to look for the songs
btw i own a 30gb brown zune
Yeah I know...you've actually gotta look them up by their file name when you Sync'd them. But I usually change the characters to English or Romaji before Sync.
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post #9 of 24
The new Zune 80GB PWNS! However, why would GameStop even be selling these to begin with? People don't go there to buy Zunes! XD
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post #10 of 24
I bought a 30GB Zune (black) when they first came out. I was at a local retail store and they had a 30GB iPod and a 30GB Zune both were $249.99

I went with the Zune because of the screen size but now that i've had to deal with trying to put video on an iPod I'm really glad I didn't get the iPod just to "fit in"
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