Microsoft Zune launches in Europa by end of 2007, early 2008

Posted on Tuesday, October 31 2006 @ 0:41 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
DailyTech has bad news for European Microsoft Zune lovers. The U.S. release will take place on November 14 and probably you've already guessed it by now, the European release will be a lot later than the U.S. release. Not just a few months but maybe even more than a year, it looks like the earliest release date for the U.K. and the rest of Europe is late 2007 or early 2008.
One reason for the delay is that Microsoft doesn't yet have a European product czar for the Zune to coordinate a launch. And the recently appointed figurehead for Zune International is just now working to build up relationships in region. Even more telling is that fact that Microsoft's doesn't yet have an infrastructure in place in Europe to provide music online. "We haven’t yet selected a music store provider to build marketplace in the UK, which means we’re way off launch," said Dene Schonknecht, media and entertainment alliance manager for Microsoft.

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