Originally Posted by addabox
The Zune is failing because MS didn't so much build a product as try to figure out an angle on the market.
I believe it's because they got greedy. I think they wanted (want) to do the same money making "trap" strategy as Windows, i.e. Marketshare. With the zune squirt feature (if it were dominate) you would buy a Zune because everyone else owns zunes because the only way to get in on the sharing is to own a Zune too. I can easily picture some Microsoft employee pitching the idea to the top-brass: "just think, we can extend our marketshare of windows, with the windows built-in music store, give the Zunes away for free and then capture the consumer with the sharing ecosystem and make huge profits off of our new domination of the future online music boom." Bill says: "Brilliant! Realistically speaking though, we can only afford to bankroll the losses for 4 years. Nah, maybe for 20."
Hopefully, Zunes will only be sucessful enough to spur continued excellence in Apple and no more.