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Old 11-15-2007, 04:00 AM
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Default Rumour: Zune Coming to Canada in Spring 2008?

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=6mUCpTlvKJU#GU5U2spHI_4' target='_blank'>http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=6mUCpTlvKJU#GU5U2spHI_4</a><br /><br /></div>When I first started looking at the new Zune devices, when I noticed French as a supported language, my first thought was &quot;Hmm. Canada next?&quot;. <a href="http://www.zunethoughts.com/news/show/23515/is-canada-the-next-launch-area-for-the-zune.html" target="_blank">I said as much in this post</a>. Something interesting happened over on YouTube: a user by the name of <a href="http://ca.youtube.com/user/PETECARELS" target="_blank">Pete Carels</a> posted a comment <a href="http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=6mUCpTlvKJU" target="_blank">attached to one of my videos</a> saying that the Zune &quot;will be coming to Canada, most likely in the spring&quot;. That seemed quite matter-of-fact, so I asked him what his source was. He claimed he worked for Microsoft and he had &quot;close knowledge that this will be the plan for [the] Zune in the new year.&quot;. A screen shot of the YouTube comment thread is below.<br /><br /><img border="1" src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//zt/auto/1195093598.usr1.png" alt="" /><br /><br />Ok, you might be saying, so some guy named Pete Carels claims he works for Microsoft has has the inside scoop. People say things online all the time right? Well, I called the Microsoft switchboard in Redmond, Washington, and it happens to have a very sophisticated voice-recognition program (it can handle my linguistic slaughtering of the last name&nbsp; &quot;Kumaramangalam&quot; for instance) where you just need to say the name of any Microsoft employee and it will connect you to them - after it has confirmed that there is a matching employee name. Guess what? There's one, and only one, employee named Pete Carels working at Microsoft.<br /><br />Coincidence? Perhaps. But unless this is an elaborate hoax, I think there really is a guy named Pete Carels working for Microsoft, and I think the Zune coming to Canada in the spring of next year makes a lot of sense given the evidence I've seen so far. Now why Pete would decide to release this information in a public YouTube thread under his own name is another mystery entirely...<br /><br />If 2008 is the year the Zune starts to go international, I suspect we'll see a release in the UK next. Then...the world! Well, eventually. ;-)
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:06 AM
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It may not be a mainstream store, but TigerDirect has been quietly selling Zunes for some time now - at least the Zune 30. Not one hundred percent sure about the new models.
 
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:08 AM
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http://www.expansys.ca has the new Zunes on pre-order.
 
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:11 AM
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It may not be a mainstream store, but TigerDirect has been quietly selling Zunes for some time now - at least the Zune 30. Not one hundred percent sure about the new models.
Yes, I've been also checking eCost.com - but the issue is not buying the hardware, the issues is being able to easily buy Zune Marketplace songs, and more importantly, the Zune Pass. That's really the issue here: true support of the full Zune experience.
 
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:17 AM
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My main issue is about warranty and firmware updates. I'll *try* to resist the urge to buy one until the canadian launch >.<
 
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:21 AM
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My main issue is about warranty and firmware updates. I'll *try* to resist the urge to buy one until the canadian launch >.<
Indeed, I had my first two Zune 30 devices develop problems, and getting warranty support was a nightmare: I had to ship them to a friend in NYC, he'd ship them to the Zune warranty place, they'd ship it back to him, he'd ship it to me. Took forever!
 
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:48 AM
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The only reason I'm holding back from buying it right now is so that once it's released in Canada I want to get my hands on a Zune 80 with a laser engraving (Kenzo Minami) from Zune Originals. This is assuming Microsoft will allow Canadian visitors to access www.zuneoriginals.net by then. I tried to view the site but to no avail since it only allows visitors from the US.

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Old 11-15-2007, 12:00 PM
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A simple Google search revealed this:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/3/97A/498
 
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:37 PM
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I was thinking about this as well. Since we all noticed the french language option. Another thing that I've noticed is that the warranty booklet in the Zune 2 box has information on Canadian patents, warranty, and specs. Which would indicate that is planning on crossing the border.
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:24 PM
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A simple Google search revealed this...
Ah, well isn't that interesting! And what's even more amusing is that he went to the University of Calgary...which is the city in which I live, and a school I went to or a year (before switching to a more appropriate school for my interests - Mount Royal College).
 
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