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The New Zune Phone?
The New Zune Phone?

Wired is reporting that a Zune phone might be in the works, and that possibly it will be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 7, 2009.

Yes, I am one of the few Zune owners in the world, and I absolutely love it.  A while back I wrote a post about the math behind owning a Zune, asking the question to iPod owners: are you stubborn or just bad at math? So yes, I love my Zune and I love the Marketplace that is the focus of my passion.  If a Zune phone does truly come out, I will get it.  It’s just that simple.  Right now I still carry two electronic devices, my iPhone and my Zune 80 and I would love to combine the two into one, but so far each offers me something the other cannot.  

My biggest wish in this story is that Microsoft would work a little harder on the Zune brand before launching a second product.  Honestly, the biggest thing I hear from iPod users after we discuss the ins an outs of Zune ownership is, “I would switch, but I have too much invested in my music.  If only there was an easy way to convert my library”.  Of course there are several ways to convert files, but here is some free advice for Zune: you have a really, really good thing with your music subscription service, so you need to find a way to let people try it without them feeling like they lose.  Build a branded AAC to WMA file converter, offer it for free, and advertise the hell out of it.  I think that would help a lot.

Ischus on Zune

Ischus on Zune

If you are one of the handful of Zune owners around the world, add me as a friend, my tag is “Ischus”.  I would love to share music with you, and of course we can compare notes on the Zune phone if/when it is released.

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By Matt Singley

Personal: husband to Alison, father to four amazing kids. I used to live a fast but enjoyable life in Los Angeles, now I have chickens on acreage in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just a bit different. I'm an advocate for cycling as much as you can and eating as cleanly as you can afford. Professional: I'm the CEO of Singley + Mackie, a creative digital agency that serves well-known lifestyle and entertainment companies around the world. Clients include Microsoft, Samsung, Hulu, YP and others. If you want to find the more-professional me, go to http://singleymackie.com