As announced weeks back, the Zune 2 has finally hit stores today in the US – well, will be today, what with the time difference and everything, and there’s an onslaught of announcements and info flooding the interweb about the launch.
– The flagship model in their new range is the top-end 80GB Zune, shown on the left here, which features a 3.2″ screen, and available only in black, for $249.99 in the US. A touch-sensitive navigation button, revamped…
It might’ve been the most poorly-kept secret in the consumer tech industry, but that didn’t stop Microsoft from giving its new Zune models the big reveal last night, as well as introducing new features for its Zune Marketplace store and debuting a new online community called Zune Social.
Phew, at last some hard fact rather than mere rumour. Microsoft has unveiled various new Zune models and related services / accessories, so I’m going to deal with them one by one. Starting with the new 4GB and 8GB Flash-based Zunes.
They’re available in pink, green, black and red flavours, and will sell for $199.99 in the US. Think of them as a direct rival for the iPod Nano, complete with a whizzy Zune Pad touch-sensitive navigation button.
So, there are deafening rumours that Microsoft will hold some kind of event today to announce its second-generation Zune (despite the fact that us Europeans haven’t even got the first one yet). Silicon Valley Insider has some new details.
Apparently Microsoft plans to use DRM-free music as a big selling point for the new Zunes. As the blog points out, this doesn’t exactly fit well with the existing Zune sharing system, which by definition requires DRM to ensure people pay for the tunes they’ve shared.
And here in Europe we’re still waiting for the rubbish old brown one. Still, the redesigned Zune looks like a vast improvement, coming in more contemporary colours and featuring what experts are calling a HUGE BUTTON.
The redesign also reveals some updated specs…