MS: Zune 2.0 to arrive in time for Xmas
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.
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.
Killer or filler?
There's always one 'killer' device that sets the bar high up.
Then there's the 'filler' devices that all try to capture the 1% marketshare that is left from 'killer' device.
Guess what the Zune will ALWAYS be? (Hint: It starts with f. :)
Twice as Ugly
I am sure that the 2.0 stands for twice as ugly as their first model. No matter how hard Microsoft tries to be "cool" it always comes off as "faux cool". They never seem to understand that a product has to actually "be cool" in the first place to earn its reputation as "cool".
I wonder if the version 2 will look any better? I'd be embarrased to take a Zune out of my pocket. It's about as generic and bland as you can get.
Wot no Zoon?
We're not going to get the Zune v1.0? Fantastic news!!!
Oh, they're going to bring out a smaller, bigger-capacity one and a flash-based one? In the UK? Oh, the pain... the pain...
Uses for a Zune
http://hideapod.com/ - hilarious.