So, when Microsoft's Zune was launched, the company was attempting to compete with Apple head-on with nicely-designed products and a complete set of online music download tools that would attempt to re-create and complete Apple iPod experience -- but from Microsoft. Its Zune music and media player had a few features the iPod lacked -- like WiFi wireless networking -- but limited the usability of some of those advanced features as to make them useless to experienced digital music player fans.
Well, in the six months since the Zune was released, Microsoft has reportedly sold one million of the players, which is a pretty decent start on competing with the formidable iPod -- but it has a long, long way to go. Just as with the gaming division (xbox 360), Microsoft (most likely) is in this game for the long haul and probably intends on competing with Apple for several years in the digital music player space before even making a small dent in the iPod's marketshare. Redmond has plenty of patience and money to do this, so the Zune -- contrary to beliefs that it will die a quick death -- will be here for a while. One million units is decently impressive at this point, but there are more millions to go most likely.
[Disclosure: I own MSFT shares as of 5-28-07]