Feeds

MS: Zune 2.0 to arrive in time for Xmas

Jingle bells

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Microsoft has confirmed it will detail its second-generation Zune media players in time for the Christmas sales season. Speculation as to what the software giant will announce currently centres on a higher capacity hard drive model and a cheaper, Flash-based Zune.

According to blog Whizbyte, an MS representative emailed it to say: "Zune follows the cycle of the consumer electronics cycle so you can expect an update later this year prior to the holiday season."

The US holiday season covers not only Christmas but also November's Thanksgiving break, a key point for consumer electronics purchases.

Microsoft Zune MP3 player group shot
MS' Zune 1.0: not now coming to Europe?

The MS spokesperson provided no other details about the anticipated announcement, but did suggest that's it's not hard to guess where the company is heading: "new sizes, styles and price points" for the Zune line; more features to bring the player "towards parity with iPod... at the same time build on key differentiators such as the wireless feature, the FM tuner, etc"; and expansion of the "international footprint of Zune... when we can ensure an offering which is tailored to that market."

Zune - reviewed here - is not expected to appear in Europe until 2008, based on pronouncements Microsoft has made a number of times in the past. And with new models coming later this year, it looks like we're not going to get the original model after all.

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?