There’s been speculation if Windows Phone 7 would essentially eat Zune hardware. If Microsoft releases a new Zune then they are making hardware to compete with their phones and Microsoft has tried to avoid doing this in the past. Anyway, looks like a new iteration of Zune is in fact coming. Here’s the Mix website:
For the second year in a row, Joe Belfiore, who oversees Windows Phone Program Management, and is responsible for the design and software product definition of forthcoming generations of Windows phones and Zune devices will keynote MIX again.
Yes, he’s responsible for the ‘forthcoming generations of…Zune devices’. Long live Zune! Can’t wait to see the hardware cause Zune HD was pretty slick looking. That also ran a Tegra chip so maybe Microsoft will finally expand to chips other than just the Snapdragon.