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How bad was a fictional product launch on HBO’s Silicon Valley?

Zune bad.

In Sunday’s episode, as Business Insider noted, the writers worked in some not-so-subtle jabs at failed Microsoft and Apple products.

In the scene, the show’s Big Fake Tech Behemoth Hooli is testing out an updated phone with a focus group. And the focus group is not happy.

“It’s just stupid,” one tester says. “It’s slow, the apps keep quitting on me. I tried to watch a movie and it kept freezing up. And when I’m typing, there’s a delay, then letters all pop up at once. You took a good phone and made it shitty…It pissed me off.”

Hooli CEO Gavin Belson turns to his staff and asks them: “Is this Windows Vista bad? It’s not iPhone 4 bad, is it? Fuck, don’t tell me this is Zune bad?”

“I’m sorry, Gavin. It’s Apple Maps bad,” says his assistant.

HBO has already signed on Silicon Valley for a third season, and as Business Insider reports today, is recruiting some pretty badass writers to join the fray, who have had stints at shows like Arrested Development, David Letterman, The Simpsons and Parks and Recreation.

If you’re not watching it already, you probably should. And the long holiday weekend might be just the op you need for a binge session. It’s streaming on HBO now.

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