Microsoft Zune 2.0 hitting stores before holiday season, Zune 1.0 hits 1 million mark

July 21, 2007

Microsoft Zune 2.0 hitting stores before Holiday Season, Zune 1.0 hits 1 million mark

With the Zune reaching it’s goal of 1 million units sold this week, Microsoft plans to take its digital audio player to the next step by introducing Zune 2.0 and other models.

Microsoft reports that the Zune has officially passed the 1 million unit landmark this week with 1.2 million Zunes officially sold. Not satisfied with leaving the player where its at, Microsoft has confirmed the existence and impending launch of the long rumored Zune 2.0 or 2nd generation Zune.

A Microsoft PR representative told Whizbyte that a Zune update was coming soon:

“We have seen the rumors floating around, but we haven’t announced specific dates or details for the next generation of the Zune devices or service. That said, Zune follows the cycle of the consumer electronics cycle so you can expect an update later this year prior to the holiday season.”

The PR rep continued into vague details about future Zune products: “There are three predictable paths along which we’ll expand Zune.”

It appears that Microsoft will expand the Zune family with new styles, sizes, and price points. Future Zune products will feature podcasting support and expanded video support. The Zune will also move into other geographic markets when Microsoft feels it has an appealing product to offer those demographics.

Perhaps most importantly of all, the representative mentioned that Microsoft will build on the wireless support. Maybe we’ll finally have the freedom of synching our digital audio players via wi-fi.

The rep didn’t mention anything specific about Microsoft’s rumored answer to the iPod Shuffle. But interesting rumors from sources considered “reliable” point to a very innovative product.

The product is essentially a music playing SD card that will plug into any SD slot. The second part of the player is what makes the SD card usable as a digital audio player. That part is a type of sleeve that’ll allow the user to control the music and plug in headphones for putting that music playing goodness to work. The player can’t be turned on or off as it is always in the same state.

Sounds like good things are coming to the anti-Apple DAP crowd (which includes me).

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21 Responses to “Microsoft Zune 2.0 hitting stores before holiday season, Zune 1.0 hits 1 million mark”

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  2. Jimi:

    I am really looking forward to the next versions of the Zune, and (I hope) a Zune launch in Canada.

  3. Van Daniel:

    Not a part of the Apple DAP crowd? that is fine, but that doesn’t change the fact the the Zune is a piece of shit.

    If you love music buy a player from a company focused on the experience you have with their DAP. Microsoft is solely focused on Apple. The exact same closed model as Apple’s. Only Apple’s player has over 100 million users and thousands of accessories made for it. Microsoft is selling a closed system with virtually no user base and a handful of accessories.

    Buy Archos or Creative or, hell, Sony… but Microsoft? Really?

  4. Danny Mendez:

    Here’s the deal, iPod’s have mediocre sound quality with terrible bass. Pretty much every other DAP out there has way better bass response. Microsoft’s player also doesn’t require a ton of accessories as it doesn’t scratch when someone touches it and I don’t need to buy an FM tuner accessory to listen to the radio.

    iPods are designed to NEED accessories, so that companies would jump on the bandwagon and design accesories. Sure it’s a closed model, but all you need is a library full of DRM-free MP3s and its open again.

  5. nighthawkz6:

    The Microsoft Zune is a piece of junk. Go iPod, instead.

    Apple is designed to listen to their consumers. Microsoft just focuses on heavy marketing.

    Fuck you, Microsoft.

  6. Triston McIntyre:

    I will say this; sound range is relative to the output device you choose, as well…Apple isn’t particularly known for having a wide sound range (see MacBooks, iPods, iPhones), but hook up a set of shure earbuds and you’re talking a whole new ball of wax…

  7. les:

    iPod’s what has mediocre sound quality? Are we really supposed to take it on authority from someone who can’t even properly pluralize words?

    The facts speak differently:
    http://members.chello.nl/~m.heijligers/ipod/index1.html
    http://www.stereophile.com/budgetcomponents/934/index.html

    Audio reproduction in iPods is in fact pretty damn good, particularly in comparison to cheaper competitors.

    Don’t like iPods? Fine. Don’t want to buy one? Neither do I. But making up nonsense about sound quality as an excuse (and saying that they’re designed to “need” accessories) are just blatant lies. The iPod is a digital audio player. The radio doesn’t fit; it’s not digital audio. It’s also pointless when you’ve got 10,000 songs in your hand. It’s a gimmick feature in a weak attempt to market “more features.”

  8. cory:

    Oh my shorts. Every article I read about the Zune is littered with apple junkies. Actually its not just Zune articles either. I am close to buying a player and I think I will go with the Zune. All of the reviews or comments that hold water give the Zune top notch scores. By the way, apple is more closed than the Zune. At least the Zune gets firmware updates. That is the main reason Im leaning in that direction. That and Im not a sheep.

  9. darkshade 4th:

    The Zune is a damn good product. It is a great piece of hardware and in that respect is flawless, especially considering it is a first generation microsoft product. Not saying the Ipod is a piece of junk but I would not get one cause it does not fit my style and I had to bear with three years of apple fucking up on the first ipods before they finally got it right. Hell I had more issues with the early gen ipods than I had potty training a 10 year old dog. They finally got it right kudos to them. The Zune is equally good but has different qualities for different users. So I think all those haters out there should get off of apples dick and quit hating on microsoft and vice versa. Hell I am a zune user cause it works for me better than an Ipod and I like having something I can customize with out breaking the bank. If you like spending cash and you love your Ipod equally good for you and I hope you are content. As for the new zune coming out, that will be real hot and a gift from God, at least to those who like zune.

  10. truth:

    Wow. Half of you are apple fanboys and half are cashing checks from Redmond. This is ridiculous, if you want to go tech, yes, the ipod has shortcomings. Fortunately, for most people out there, they can’t tell the different of a few dozen hertz in the bassline. Hopefully apple will continue to embrace open source standards and will thusly improve. Microsoft will never follow suit. The zune is a brick, with horrible product design (sorry J. Allard) ((snazzy name though… almost half as cool as Jon Ives)) The unit sucks, its software lags, Microsoft stabbed all their third party vendors in the back by dropping the old licensed standard because they wanted to implement a new, Zune-only format to ‘Enjoy the same level of player-software exclusivity’. Great. If you want to go get a zune… walk down to the store and play with one for a while. Then go try an ipod video, or Sansa, or anything. If you can still tell me the zune is the best, you’d probably also expect me to believe they’ve actually sold 1.2 million of them.

  11. truth:

    Wow. Half of you are apple fanboys and half are cashing checks from Redmond. This is ridiculous, if you want to go tech, yes, the ipod has shortcomings. Fortunately, for most people out there, they can’t tell the different of a few dozen hertz in the bassline. Hopefully apple will continue to embrace open source standards and will thusly improve. Microsoft will never follow suit. The zune is a brick, with horrible product design (sorry J. Allard) ((snazzy name though… almost half as cool as Jonathan Ive)) The unit sucks, its software lags, Microsoft stabbed all their third party vendors in the back by dropping the old licensed standard because they wanted to implement a new, Zune-only format to ‘Enjoy the same level of player-software exclusivity’. Great. If you want to go get a zune… walk down to the store and play with one for a while. Then go try an ipod video, or Sansa, or anything. If you can still tell me the zune is the best, you’d probably also expect me to believe they’ve actually sold 1.2 million of them.

  12. iPod battery died:

    I didn’t use my iPod mini for a few months and put it back in the box. One day, I try to turn it on and it wont turn on even after being on the charger all night. Looks like the battery died completely and I have only used it a few times. I tried every troubleshooting and resetting option and no luck. And my only option is to break the seal to replace the battery or it is a piece of junk. No removable battery means apple design sucks. No iPhone for me. Apple products suck.

  13. Danny Mendez:

    The following came from the links provided by Les (the guy who attacked my credibility because of a typo I made in the comments section):
    “Listening and comparison reveals that the iPod 3G though detailed, sounds a bit harsh or canned, and lacks some bass.”
    “Surprisingly, upping the bit rate to 160kbps did not result in major improvements for either format. Bass impact remained MIA in MP3, and the upper frequencies sounded strident, with that unmistakable “too much compression” punchiness. AAC again sounded marginally better, although Bley’s big band still seemed flattened and lacking in dynamic variation.”
    Hey Les, I guess it would’ve helped to read your sources before using them. I just suggest that the next time you talk about something, make sure you know what you’re talking about.

  14. TS:

    “Sounds like good things are coming to the anti-Apple DAP crowd (which includes me).”

    I took your comment seriously until that point. Oh well, punting for Microsoft makes you look as stupid as punting for Apple. If you dislike the iPods because of Apple’s DRM then you must be one seriously deluded fucker if you think that Microsoft will be any more liberal with their product.

  15. jamesbodden:

    First Danny hate to burst your bubble but you just qouted a guy alking about a 3rd generation ipod. I am pretty sure Apple is up to its 5th generation now so your facts are outdated and thus not credible. I already have an ipod because at the time of purchase (about 2 years ago) there was no other significant player in the HD based mp3 player arena that I liked. Sure the Zune has some nice features though pretty ugly but none of those features make me want to jump out and buy a new mp3 player. Unless they fully unlock wifi. Plus last time I checked the Zune and Ipod were of similar prices so drop the Apple is a cash hog thing cause so is Microsoft.

  16. Danny Mendez:

    Just because I’m anti iPod (not anti-Apple, and i’m anti-iPod for many reason not including DRM issues) doesn’t mean I’m pro Microsoft, I’m just interested in any possible innovation in the non-apple DAP industry.

  17. Don Hale:

    Zune is another junk product from MS buggy ..needs rebooting to make the player work.. freezes up just doesnt catch on fire like xbox360 another junk from MS. MS should just stick to making msoffice rest they should sell off. The real music player is IPOD or IPHONE ..IPHONE IS SWEET.

  18. JoeF:

    I own a Shuffle, iPhone and Zune. Typical apple folks posting comments here… my Zune is a fantastic DAP and performs the basics just as well as an iPod. Now, if they do open up the wireless capabilities it will be in a league of its own – that is until the next iPod comes out.

  19. David:

    I’m using an ipod nano because it is cheap and I can go jogging with it.

    If the next Zune has something comprable, then I might get it, but otherwise, I’m sticking with the ipod and will probably get a new one when they next increase the storage (assuming it remains as small).

    By the way, I am cashing checks from Redmond…

  20. Matt:

    iPod fanboys are as rabid as ever around here. Scary…

  21. julius:

    zune player is better than i pod. i can put all my cds and have the best music.and the radio too, for the price is a good deal. timetraveler.

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