i've got an old zune fatty and love it to death, the software is pretty wicked too, and the "Zone total pass" package was awesome while i was subscribed, i discovered so much new music. sad to see a nice product go, my girlfriend has gone through 2 ipods in the span of my zune.
Realistically, we imagine the company simply released the guillotine prematurely for one reason or another. Perhaps it wants to flush its existing supplies before "officially" axing the Zune HD sometime in the near future. That much seems inevitable.
I think it's neither. I think Microsoft did it on purpose as way to know how the market would react if Zune were indeed discontinued.
I mean, one could also argue it was an accident, but updating the website saying they would still support the hardware even though they would stop production? To update such thing you have to go though a lot of hoops. I doubt somebody just hit an edit button accidentally, edited it accidentally, and also happened to hit a submit button accidentally. I mean seriously, updating a website's content is not the same as updating a forum post. They either think we're stupid, or maybe this is all poor management and coordination.
I say all of this is just a marketing play. Then again these are nothing but conjectures...