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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Zune to Retire Every Player But Zune HD?

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Hardware" @ 10:00 PM

http://community.winsupersite.com/b...ng-forward.aspx

"Microsoft guru Paul Thurrott of SuperSite for Windows fame has read the writing on the wall. According to the reps he spoke with, production has ceased on all Zune models before the upcoming Zune HD. In other words, when supplies run out, Zune 4, 8, 16, 80, and 120 are as good as dead, with only this year's model left standing."

Alas, fair Zunes 4, 8, 16, 80, 120, we hardly knew thee. Jason mentioned a couple weeks ago that the flash models were on the outs, but I had no idea they'd be axing the larger capacity Zune 120 as well. This seems like an incredibly short-sighted move, as it leaves only the high-end luxury model as a compatible device with the Zune software. Apple has known for quite some time, and proven for even longer, that when users buy into a device / software ecosystem, it helps to have a variety of different players to choose from. I hope the Zune team delivers a pleasant surprise in the near future, but for now I'm not holding my breath.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Flash Zunes Gone From Zune Store: What Gives?

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Hardware" @ 12:15 PM

https://zunestore.net/us/catalog/Devices.aspx

"Looks like the rising tide of Zune HD news has taken some casualties along the way: Microsoft's official Zune store no longer lists any flash players at all, leaving just the Zune 80 and Zune 120 to hold things down while we wait for the next generation."

What's up with this? Amazon, Best Buy, et. al still appear to have them in stock, but the Zune Store (and consequently Zune Originals) show no love for the flash versions of the player. Could a refresh on the lower end Zune be in the cards? I certainly hope so. The Zune Store page is certainly looking lonely.

UPDATE: And... they're back? Apparently these little guys have some life in them yet. At least until September 15.

Tags: hardware, , flash zune

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Toshiba's Gigabeat T401: Is This the Next Zune?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 07:01 PM

http://www.electronista.com/articles/07/08/28/toshiba.gigabeat.t401/

"Toshiba this morning added a new mid-size flash player to its Gigabeat line. The T401 balances the differences between the small Gigabeat U and the company's hard disk players, sporting a 2.4-inch tall LCD and 4GB of flash storage that cuts the thickness to under 0.4 inches. Unlike most of Toshiba's players or even the Microsoft Zune, however, the T401 supports not just 802.11g Wi-Fi but also an Internet connection; listeners can download podcasts directly from websites without first synchronizing with a PC."


There's a lot of speculation about the T401 being the future Flash-based Zune we all know is coming. Because the first-generation Zune was an off-the-shelf Toshiba product that the Zune team just grabbed and slapped their logo on, most people seem to be speculating that the next Zune will be the same. I'm not so sure - it really depends on how quickly the Zune team has been able to get started working with the manufacturers in China to design their own product from scratch. Given the lack of new features coming via ROM updates, I sincerely hope that's the case and they'll have a unique product to bring to market this fall. If not, and we see this Toshiba Gigabeat T401 with a Zune logo on it, then I for one will be disappointed.


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