A range of softwares and hardware was published under the Zune brand. Zune was created by Microsoft and included media players for Smartphones and Tablet PCs, digital media players for desktop computers, a subscription service and a media player that was made available for the Xbox 360 gaming console.
Zune incorporates many platforms and includes a multitude of features. It was designed as an alternative to the popular Apple iTunes and covered just as many basis as that product did; from Zune MP3 players and Zune media centers on Windows Smartphones, to Zune devices and software on desktop PCs. Zune was first rolled out in November 2006 but in October of 2011 all Zune hardware devices were discontinued and just a year later Microsoft announced that the Zune software would also be discontinued.
Microsoft Zune works with the Windows Operating System across all Microsoft and Windows platforms. There were four generations of the Zune software and many updates and fixes were released throughout the life of the software. Zune works with a number of different formats across a range of media types.