updated 04:35 pm EST, Mon November 19, 2007
Zune trumps iPod on Amazon
Microsoft's Zune portable media player is currently Amazon.com's top-selling digital music device, usurping Apple's iPod for the highest rank in the "Electronics" category. The 30GB Zune -- which Microsoft has heavily discounted to a purchase price of $134 -- dethroned Apple's 4GB iPod nano this morning in Amazon.com's list of top-selling MP3 players. Apple's 4GB iPod nano took second place, while the Cupertino-based company's 80GB iPod classic holds the no. 3 spot.
Microsoft's recently-introduced 80GB Zune player is labeled as temporarily out of stock with no future shipping date on Amazon.com, which coincides with the Redmond-based company's own statement that the 80GB Zune will be unavailable until early December.
Earlier this month Microsoft announced plans to improve on the basic formula of the iPod's customization for its new Zune players. The devices, dubbed Zune Originals, will optionally ship with four engraved lines of text as well as one of 27 various full-size drawings from well-known artists.