Earlier we reported that Zune players had been removed from the Zune.net sales channels. We then were informed by Michael Yeager, a Zune Team member, that such removal was a mistake due to a publishing mishap and that the Zune HD was still listed on Zune.net.
While the Zune HD is still listed and available for purchase (albeit through Walmart.com and out of stock), the Zune support page tells a different story. It clearly states that Microsoft will no longer be producing Zune players and Windows Phone will be the focus of Microsoft's mobile music and video strategy.
Microsoft isn't leaving current Zune owners hanging in the wind. Existing warranties will be honored, devices will continue to work with Zune services, and support sites will stay operational. Which makes sense seeing that the Zune software is still going strong on the Windows Phone and Xbox Live consoles.
While Walmart is out of stock, we did find Zune HD units at Amazon.com but BestBuy is only offering refurbs. So if you want to get your hands on a Zune HD, you better hurry as the device has started it's journey into the sunset.
As we mentioned earlier, the Zune Player was good for what it was but it's time we move on to bigger and better things.
Thanks goes out to Theo and Cori for tipping us on this!