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Zune 2 Photo Leaks – Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Worse

Zune 2 Photo Leaks – Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Worse

Apparently it can, and Microsoft knows just how. There appears to be 3 new models, the two smaller ones are the 4 and 8 Gigabyte sizes and the full sized one is, as best I can read the out of focus print, carrying an 80GB hard drive.

Just up front, I want to state that SlashGear has no deal with Microsoft to keep the embargo of these photos, and they weren’t sent directly to us, they are from Zune-Online.com, but the embargo was until midnight of the 3rd, or tonight for those of you who stay up late. Now on to business, its nice to see that MS is finally giving the 2nd gen Nano a run for its money, too bad they are a full generation too late. Also, the 80GB Zune, once again, a day late and a dollar short, Apple now has 160GB iPod classics.

Zune 2 rumored to launch Tuesday

Zune 2 rumored to launch Tuesday

If the rumour weasels are to be believed, Microsoft are ahead of their planned October 16th launch of the next-gen Zune range and are intending to drop the feisty little fella tomorrow.  According to BetaNews, Microsoft are planning a launch event to be held at Redmond, with Bill Gates and Design & Development Chief J. Allard announcing the new hard-drive and flash based tiered range before fighting over who gets first dance with the blushing débutante.

 

Zune 2 image confirmed; Microsoft aiming for October 16th launch

Zune 2 image confirmed; Microsoft aiming for October 16th launch

Oh Zune, how I wish I could summon up a little enthusiasm for you and your potential offspring.  Further information regarding the Zune 2 leaks disappointingly from Microsoft, and while they're obviously gunning for a holiday frenzy with a planned October 16th launch, the confirmed specs - and the photo everyone said "meh" about - don't look to offer up too much of a challenge to the refreshed iPod range.

 

Microsoft to release blue Zune?

Microsoft to release blue Zune?

Is Microsoft about to launch the Zune in a new color? If a tree falls in the woods and kills a mime, does anyone care? A recent Target ad will shed light one one of these burning questions.

Zune price-cut spurs Amazon sales

Zune price-cut spurs Amazon sales

Update: As ever, our intrepid SlashGear commentors come to the rescue.  It looks like Amazon incorrectly tagged several iPod models, causing them to be left off the hard-drive based sales list.  As of update, they've still not corrected the issue; however in the full portable audio chart the iPod Touch pre-order is sitting happily at the top (complete with prescient user reviews).

Cynical we techies may be about Microsoft's Zune and its appeal as a PMP, but the general public once again demonstrates that at the end of the day price plays one of the biggest factors.  Since the cost of the white 1st-gen 30GB player dropped to a mere $169.99 on Amazon US - thirty bucks more than the $50 reduction Microsoft announced - it's hit the number one spot on the retailer's hard-drive based PMP sales list.

 

Zune Price Drops $50, People Continue Listening To iPods

Zune Price Drops $50, People Continue Listening To iPods

So Microsoft has officially lowered the price of the Zune, their 30GB media player, by $50. That makes it $199 each, or $50 cheaper than the current gen iPod of the same capacity.

However, I would be willing to wager that even though the Zune has more features, and now has a cheaper price than the iPod, even if Apple weren’t releasing new ones tomorrow, they iPod would still outsell the Zune.

Microsoft Zune 2 and Flash-based Zune break cover

Microsoft Zune 2 and Flash-based Zune break cover

Here's something you're unlikely to see at IFA 2007 - the first photos of Microsoft's next-gen PMP models, the Zune 2 and Zune Flash.  The former is indicated as having an 80GB hard-drive (a leap from the original Zune's 30GB) while the latter - the first PMP from Microsoft to use solid-state memory - is shown in 4GB and 8GB flavours.

 

Humor: Microsoft Zune Phone Mockup, It Could Be Worse

Humor: Microsoft Zune Phone Mockup, It Could Be Worse

No, it couldn’t, who am I kidding. So some people went to the trouble of making an entire video of what they thought the Zune Phone (zPhone?) would look like and some of its features if it were to be made.

Those features include a rotary phone dialing interface, Polaroid camera (the film type, not the camera brand), and a blinking LED digital alarm clock. Oh yeah, and the fully charged battery was dead by the end of the short video.

Microsoft Zune for $149.99 at Woot.com

Microsoft Zune for $149.99 at Woot.com

Yeah, I know its kind of late, but I assume they will go fast. Woot has the 30GB White Zune for sale for $149.99, that’s a savings of $100.

It’s a good portable media player with such features as built in WiFi and an FM radio. Other than that it has a leg up on the iPod on screen size too.

So get’em while their hot. I have a feeling they will go pretty quickly.

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