updated 07:10 pm EDT, Thu April 2, 2009
MS hints at future of Zune
The first hints of Microsoft making good on its promise of bringing the Zune platform to other devices than the current portable media players have come in the form of two job postings discovered today. The first is seeking a software development engineer for the Zune team to help deliver digital entertainment into the living room, while the other is hinting at the Zune service and Zune Marketplace extending globally.
The living room offering may include new hardware or perhaps existing platforms such as Xbox 360 or a new third-party hardware interface similar to the Apple TV and would deliver on-demand video and audio.
Microsoft has increasingly shied away from focusing on the Zune players themselves as the center of its strategy. While arguing that it ultimately needs to spread the interface, marketplace and other traits of the devices, the company has seen its year-over-year Zune revenue plummet without significant hardware revisions or expansion to other countries. [via ArsTechnica]