Microsoft's "iPod killer" or, at least, competitor finally has a name ... Zune. Details are sketchy still, but reports from the BBC and New York Times suggest that the product will probably include both portable devices and a related music sales service to compete with the Apple Music Store.
Showing signs that they listened to Scoble while he was on board, the proto-marketing and hype-building for Zune is already emerging the the world of social software, with the first voice of Zune coming in the form of the Zune Insider Blog described as "Music, culture, and the inside scoop from Cesar Menendez, a Microsoft employee working on Zune - Microsoft's new music project" in a format decidely unMicrosoft-like (and, thankfully, not using the clunky MSN Spaces Microsoft blog platform).
Scoble, however, thinks the ComingZune marketing website is rather Web1.0: "Getting people to subscribe to an email newsletter is sssooo 1990s."
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