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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Microsoft doesn't sell 1 million Zunes

I'm not sure what's funnier:

1. The San Francisco Chronicle apparently misquoted Robbie Bach on Sunday to make it seem like Microsoft had already sold 1 million Zunes when, in fact, the company still expects to hit that mark by the end of June.


2. Someone actually listened to the Chronicle podcast with Bach and discovered that discrepancy. I mean, seriously. Has anyone ever listened to this guy talk?


3. A couple of guys email me asking/demanding me to "retract" my original post about this event. You know, as if I had made it up or not done due diligence for a blog posting. Sigh.

Anyway. In the original Chronicle article, Bach is quoted quite clearly as saying, "We've sold a little over a million Zunes." Thus this post. But on the podcast, he says, "When we finish our fiscal year in June we'll have sold a little over a million Zunes, so we feel very good about that." I wonder if he said both, separately. Or if the podcast is the only conversation they had. If it's the latter, the Chronicle needs some help. If it's the former, Bach needs some help. Actually, based on the performance of the Microsoft division he oversees, Bach does indeed need some help.

Overall, this isn't a huge issue, as the end of June is just a month away. But the original report made it seem like Microsoft had accomplished its goal ahead of schedule. Apparently, that's not the case.

BTW: Apple only sold about 500,000 iPods in its first six months. Granted, it's a different era now. But there's this notion that the iPod has always sold well, and that wasn't the case at all in its first year or so on the market.

Related: Microsoft On Track to Sell 1 Million Zunes

Update: Apparently, Business 2.0 broke this story earlier today.

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