Zune may be closer to expanding internationally than we thought. A few new job postings at Microsoft point to the possibility of seeing a 10-foot-interface for Zune designed for TVs – perhaps via the XBox – as well as a call for more music reviewers.
>Job Title: Software Development Engineer We’re Zune Services and today we’re selling over five million music tracks, music videos and television episodes to customers across the United States. Moreover, we provide rich reviews on more than twelve million music tracks and biographies on almost a million artists. And we do it all with a small team of very passionate people. However, we need to grow. We have big plans that extend around the world. We have fierce competition. Are you up to the challenge? Is music a part of your life? Does the thought of taking on an industry leader excite you? Do you know better ways to introduce music to your friends; how about to the world? Are you ready to write systems that can scale to the millions and beyond? Are you ready to see your ideas come to market in months versus years?
Job Title: Software Development Engineer Primary responsibilities include development of innovative user interfaces for delivering a rich, deep interactive media consumption experience in a living room environment. Experience with online services API development is a must, product will provide a rich online media experience delivering music and video from the cloud. A passion for UX and digital media is a must.
Most of us iPod nerds are looking for Zune to fail but if they can turn the Zune into a service concept rather than a lumpen music player, they may have a chance.