The Microsoft manager in charge of the Zune leaves the company

Bryan Lee, the vice president of Microsoft’s entertainment business unit, stated that he “has decided to leave Microsoft to pursue personal interests.” Lee reported to Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division, who hired him in 2000. Bach stated that Lee worked on the development and launch of the Xbox console, Windows XP Media Center, and television initiatives. IP.

“I want to express my thanks to Bryan on behalf of the company and myself for all his contributions to Microsoft,” said Bach.

The Zune MP3 player was introduced in November 2006 and was announced as the most important competitor to Apple’s iPod, in an area where the latter player is the leader. Zune allows its users to download music and videos from Microsoft’s site and offers a 30GB capacity. Unlike the iPod, the Zune has Wi-Fi connectivity.

Lee will remain with Microsoft for a few more weeks to help with the transition, according to Microsoft. J. Allard, the corporate vice president of design and development, will take full responsibility for the Zune.