If you’ve been aching to get a Zune, then you’re going to have to ache a bit longer, and probably a bit harder too. In the USA and Canada, the only countries where Microsoft’s MP3 player is available, it looks like 16GB and 120GB versions are nearing release.
The plastic’s glossier, and the capacity is greater than previous models, but of most interest is a comment by Matt Rosoff at cnet. He says “I can’t say much, but I’ve seen what Microsoft’s planning, and befitting its status as a software plus services company, the real advances aren’t going to be in the Zune hardware, but in the Zune software and associated services”.
Zune already offers a great subscription system, and a social network that ties into it. Better than great in fact – I wish it was available in the UK so I could use it on my imported Zune that I use as my main media player. A little bit of faster pace is needed in rolling out the Zune outside of North America, but at least they’re not giving up fighting Apple quite yet – they’re the best competitor I’ve seen.