Windows Central readers are no stranger to passionate displays on abandoned devices. From Windows Phone to the Kinect, we’ve seen our share of dead devices receiving love letters. Now, Zune enthusiasts have a new project to discover. A software engineer named Peter Bull has created “Zunepedia”, an unofficial digital book that traces the journey of Zune. You can read about the book and download a PDF from the Zunepedia website.
The book traces the history of Zune devices, hardware, and services. It also highlights a community of Zune enthusiasts that is still active in 2021. Zunepedia is over 40 pages of nostalgia covering the familiar but most importantly forgotten music player.
Zune was first launched in 2006. It gained a passionate audience which still has vestiges active today. Ultimately, the Zune hardware was discontinued in 2011. It briefly lived as a service on Windows phones and Xbox consoles, but in 2012 Microsoft switched to a different branding strategy.
If you know where to look, you can still find Zune Leftovers in Microsoft Services today. Bull points out that the Segoe font serves as a legacy for the music player. There is also a group of people who collect Zune material. Our editor sometimes uses a Zune with its Surface Earbuds. There are also several Special Edition devices, including the Halo 3 and Gears of War 2 versions, which are popular among collectors.
The most recent major mention of Zune in pop culture is its appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Perhaps Zune will make a comeback in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3., although by then Starlord may have upgraded to a Lumia 1020.