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Photo leaks confirm new Zune, near-term launch

updated 11:45 am EDT, Tue October 2, 2007

Zune 2 Photo Leak

New photos have all but confirmed the imminent arrival of new Zune models within the month, says an unnamed employee from a major American retailer. The worker notes that his store has received "cardboard cutouts" that are exact matches for the photos leaked last month and already reveal key features. A smaller, flash-based model is now certain and will have video playback as a cornerstone. The circular directional pad has also been replaced with a less misleading beveled, square pad, the photos show. Microsoft is now known to be producing pink and red colors on launch rather than withholding them for special editions, as with the original version.

Although a specific release date was not provided with the leak, the mockups are part of a display set intended for unveiling on October 7th, suggesting an announcement before then and a ship date on or shortly after that period. Previous reports have suggested that devices might be available by October 16th, though one had a release as late as November.

No specification sheets have accompanied the leak, though again previous reports have suggested 4GB and 8GB flash players at $150 and $200 with an 80GB model selling at the $250 price occupied by the original 30GB player before a price cut meant to clear out stock of old models.

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  1. dliup

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    still a buggy product

    Regarding the Zune, reviewed by engadget: "We came away underwhelmed and not at all surprised -- and why? The expectations were for Microsoft to deliver a "Microsoft" player and system; maybe not too shabby looking, but not very usable, and definitely bug-ridden."

  1. mgpalma

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    Joined: Sep 2000


    Wow, they look so

    boring. Well that will probably add another million to their sales.


  1. fishtech

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    Thank goodness... looks like the brown is still available.

  1. aspooner

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    Packaging idea?

    I understand the packages will sport a day-glo orange "NOW 30% LESS MISLEADING" label. :-)

  1. thinkman

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    It never fails to amaze me at how unattractive most products from Microsoft continue to be! You'd think that with a workforce as big as theirs, they'd have at least one person with a real sense of esthetics.

  1. robttwo

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    Joined: Nov 2005


    MS marketing genius

    Yep - they got the "Im a doofus" market all sewn up!

    Again, as I have said many times before - people buy stuff because it looks cool and works. MS has yet to comprehend this.


  1. UnCal

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    Joined: Sep 2007


    This is terribly similar

    to previous iPod generations. Even the feature sets are similar, but doubtless they're half as well-implemented.

  1. Mr. Strat

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    Joined: Jan 2002



    You can't polish a t***.

  1. Monde

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    Joined: Jan 2004


    Totally Crack-a-lacken

    The new zunes look like they were designed by 70s era Solviets. How is it they expect to make inroads into this market with inferior products. I suppose they'll ship another million of these bricks to retailers and sell less than 50,000 like the previous iteration of this still-born player.

    robttwo is spot on-only a doofus would even consider stepping down to a zune.

  1. howiethemacguy

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    Joined: Sep 2007


    They look like a**...

    Just like everything that M$ makes. M$ has no class or original thinking at all. What's with the dog c*** brown????

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