Ventura to replace Zune?

Zune on the way out?

Mary Jo Foley has been tipped of to a new Microsoft service in the offing. Ventura is a set of services being developed by Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices (E&D) unit which are focused on music and video discovery and consumption and is also described as a scalable services to enable interactive entertainment.

The service is expected to include recommendations, ratings and comments that according to a Microsoft job posting will involve Microsoft’s Azure cloud and the famous 3 screens, which would of course include Windows Phone 7.

The job post reads as below:

The Ventura Media Services team is looking for a highly motivated Software Development Engineer to help drive some great new service innovation.

Who are we? We are Ventura Media Services – an agile team working on the beginning of some very large scale projects. We incubate, innovate and iterate. We are all about building services the right way. The team is a tight group of music and video lovers that create services and experiences revolving around music\video discovery and consumption. We are not afraid to try new things in the name of pushing the bleeding edge of technology.

As a member of the team, you will work closely with all of our partners to release features on a rapidly iterative development cycle. You will get the chance to work with other IEB product teams to help deliver epic end-to-end scenarios across all 3 screens.

In this position you will have the chance to help choose direction and drive innovation on some of the most cutting edge media services. Think large scale. Think Azure. Being a web and services group, our goal is to release early and often while maintaining high quality. If you are a proven developer that likes to drive innovation, then this is the place for you!

Microsoft is not commenting, but a few scenarios present themselves.  One is replacing Zune with a web client with emphasis on streaming and the other is integrating with Bing search results in some way.

Does Microsoft has something interesting up their sleeve? Let us know your ideas below.

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