Microsoft removes hardware products from Zune website [update]

Microsoft updated the official Zune website today to reflect the new Zune Music Pass, which was announced late last week. The Zune Music Pass will now be $10 a month and include music videos but has dropped the 10 MP3s to keep. The Pass will also find its way to Canada.

But with the update to the website came another drop: any mention of any Zune hardware. Under the “products” menu, the site only lists the Zune software, the new Zune Music Pass, and Zune being available on both Windows Phone and Xbox LIVE. It has removed entries for hard drive-based Zunes and the Zune HD.

Recently, the Zune HD Apps Beta Test program shut down, announced via an email forwarded to all users who were in the program. There has yet to be an official announcement about the seemingly discontinuation of hardware products from the Zune lineup, but this is certainly a bold statement.

UPDATE: The Zune HD has been brought back to the Zune website, but as Rob in the comments writes, on a Zune support page, Microsoft says the Windows Phone will be the focus going forward.

We recently announced that, going forward, Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy, and that we will no longer be producing Zune players. So what does this mean for our current Zune users? Absolutely nothing. Your device will continue to work with Zune services just as it does today. And we will continue to honor the warranties of all devices for both current owners and those who buy our very last devices.

via Marques Lyons