Zune is dead? Then why these new apps From Microsoft?

Nine new apps land in the Zune Marketplace. And here we thought the Microsoft media player was dead.

Microsoft's Zune HD is supposed to be on its way out, but that's not stopping the portable media player from getting a small batch of new apps.

Zunited.net reports that nine apps have landed in the Zune Marketplace. The new additions include a calendar and eight simple-sounding games: Finger Paint, Trash Throw, Slider Puzzle, ColorSpill, Splatter Bug, Vine Climb, Decoder Ring, and Tug-O-War.

Four existing apps have also received updates: Email, Echoes, Zune Reader, and Penalty! Flick Soccer.

Microsoft has been wishy-washy about the future of Zune. In March, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft would stop releasing new versions of the Zune hardware, citing anonymous sources. The company wouldn't confirm the rumors, but in response only pointed to software on Windows Phones and the Xbox 360 as evidence that Zune was alive and well.

Also in response to Bloomberg's report, Dave McLauchlan, Senior Business Development Manager for Zune, said that Microsoft was "completely frank about this year's Zune hardware being the WP7 phones, and we continue to both sell and fully support the Zune HD line of products."

"And as I've promised--we continue to bring new apps and games to the platform. More of those are in the works, I promise you," McLauchlan added.

So here you go. It's admittedly a sad state of affairs when the big news about a product is that it has nine new apps and four updates. And with the Zune HD's total app count now at 62, the Zune platform obviously isn't going places. But least Zune HD adopters have a few new things to play with while Microsoft figures out whether it's still interested in the portable media player business.

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Jared Newman

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