'No time Zune' for UK Microsoft player

Strike the Zune from your Christmas list and then strike it off again for next year. Microsoft has told industry mag New Media Age that it won't be sh

Strike the Zune from your Christmas list and then strike it off again for next year. Microsoft has told industry mag New Media Age that it won't be shipping its much-hyped player to the UK for at least another 12 months, and possibly not even until 2008.The newspaper quotes Microsoft media and entertainment alliance manager Dene Schonknecht as saying: ‘The earliest date it will be in the UK is towards the end of 2007. However, it could easily be 2008.’It's a shocking snub to us Brits, especially when the US launch date of 14th November appears to be holding firm. Apparently the delay is down to the lack of any partner being in place for a UK music store. Others point out the fact that no company has yet been appointed to handle a launch this side of the Atlantic. Whatever the reason we can't believe it's going to take a whole year to fix. Come on Microsoft, get your act together.

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Microsoft Zune Price: £TBA (US$250 in US) On sale: TBA (14th November in US)Contact: Microsoft   Related links: New Media Age story