updated 03:15 pm EDT, Thu May 31, 2007
Zune 1.4 Update
Microsoft today launched the Zune 1.4 update, a new fix for the Washington-based company's first media player. The firmware patch is said to bring more random music lists when the shuffle option is chosen more than once, fixing a problem where the list became increasingly predictable the more often it was used. The host software remains the same, Microsoft says.
Although considered an important upgrade, the isolation of the change has already triggered a string of complaints from existing owners, many of whom are increasingly seeing the lack of feature upgrades or more widespread fixes as a sign that the current Zune will be abandoned when its sequels arrive this fall.
"This Christmas I will have to purchase an iPod," says one user. "I do not have the money to invest in a substandard/featureless 'Beta' product that will be forgotten about when the next version is released," he said.
Although released later than competing offerings from Apple, Creative, and other rivals, the current 30GB Zune has been acknowledged by its creator as focusing only on core features in its existing version, which omits support for gapless playback, podcast management, and support for the company's own protected Windows Media format.