Microsoft warns customers about Zune

Microsoft has strongly advised Australians to avoid buying its Zune music player from local retailers.

The software giant is yet to announce plans to distribute the device in Australia, but that did not stop one Australian retailer from obtaining stock., an online store based in Sydney, sells the Zune for $389. It appears to be the first and only retailer in Australia to stock the player, although some second-hand units have been sold through eBay.

An Mwave spokesman said “about 100 units” had been sold since it began stocking the Zune in late December last year.

But a Microsoft spokeswoman urged: “We highly recommend that Australians do not purchase a Zune from this retailer at this time.

“It’s very flattering that Australian retailers are showing this level of interest in the Zune range. However … any Zune product purchased in Australia right now wouldn’t be supported technically, which includes a local online music store, accessory support and integration with local artists.”

The Mwave spokesman said the retailer had yet to receive a formal complaint from Microsoft, so its Zune sales would continue unabated.

Source: SMH

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