Well, that was fun while it lasted. The Microsoft Zune has always lagged a step or two behind that other offering coming out of Cupertino, so Microsoft has finally decided to put the poor Zune out of its misery.
When asked, Microsoft didn't really provide a specific response. They just said that they have "nothing to announce about another Zune device." Moving forward, there will be no more hardware, but they're still working on the software for integrating into the Xbox 360 and the newer Windows Phone 7. After all, that "Metro UI" was first launched on a Zune product.
It only managed to last five years, but at least the Zune was able to far outperform the Kin. That was just a terrible idea.