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Zune services and hardware heading to Europe

Though not necessarily at the same time

Zune services and hardware heading to Europe
Microsoft’s iPod killer has struggled to make much of an impact in the US – the only territory it’s currently available – though general manager of global marketing Chris Stephenson has reiterated the company’s plans for an international release.

Reasons for the long delay in bringing the Zune out of America were rather vague, though Steve Ballmer’s recent announcements about separating the Zune services from the Zune hardware could help to bring some aspect of Microsoft’s games and media platform to new territories.

Leaked photos of the delayed Windows Mobile 7 showed evidence of integrated Zune services within the operating system, so there’s every chance the rest of the world will see the Zune Marketplace arrive before the dedicated Zune hardware.

Yes. Spanner's his real name. And, yes, he's heard that joke before.

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