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Jason Dunn
04-11-2007, 06:51 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.zunescene.com/zune-2.0-details/' target='_blank'>http://www.zunescene.com/zune-2.0-details/</a><br /><br /></div><em>&quot;The chances of a Zune Scene editor running into a Microsoft Zune employee in the wild are pretty slim, but recently the stars were aligned and I got the inside scoop on the Zune 2.0 and also the flash based Zune coming out in 2007. I will attempt to preserve the identity of the Microsoft employee, he had no idea I write for Zune Scene, no idea at all. The whole conversation occurred on a business trip, you see, we Zune Scene editors have day jobs and are hard to spot in the wild also. When I asked the guy where he worked he said Microsoft. That got my attention so I asked what he did, the answer was: &quot;Zune&quot;. He gave his name and title which I will withhold. So I gave him a barrage of questions and here's what I found out...&quot;</em><br /><br />I have to get this out of the way up front: I think it's quite dishonest to not disclose that you write for a Web site covering a product the person is telling you about, but by the same token this Microsoft employee should know that we live in an era of citizen journalism where almost nothing is off the record, and anything you say can end up on some blog somewhere. It's sad that you can't have a conversation about a piece of technology with someone without worrying it will end up online, but that's the world we live in for better or worse.<br /><br />Moralizing aside, what you really care about is what's coming next for the Zune right? A few key pieces of information were gleaned from this conversation (along with my speculation):<br /><ul> <li>The second generation Zune product, along with a flash memory-based Zune, will be sold later this year</li> <li>The 2nd gen Zune will look similar to the first generation Zune, but it will be thinner (if you recall reading our <a target="_blank" href="http://www.zunethoughts.com/news/show/382/diving-deep-on-the-zune-an-inside-look-at-the-hardware.html">Zune Deep Dive article</a>, there's not much space to be had - so they must have gone to integrated components or else switched to smaller versions of the current components)</li> <li>The flash-based Zune will be 3&quot; tall by 1.25&quot; wide and 0.25&quot; thick (only the dimensions were given, not the orientation, so that's my speculation that it will be a tall, narrow, thin Nano-like device)<br /> </li> <li>The flash-based Zune will be video-capable and the screen will cover 75% of the front. I'm not sure what kind of video you'd be able to view on a screen that would be 2.25 inches tall and perhaps 1 inch wide (figure a loss of 0.125 inches on either side). That's an aspect ratio of 2.25:1, which is screwy. Some detail here, or my interpretation, is wrong.</li> <li>The flash-based Zune will have WiFi and have a double-shot colour in the moulding like the current Zune does</li> <li>The flash-based Zune will &quot;beat the competition&quot; which to mean means 12 GB or 16 GB worth of storage</li> <li>In the 2007 holiday season, 2.4 million next-generation Zunes will be fabricated, with about 66% of them being flash-based units (1.59 million units)</li> <li>A new building in Dao Min, China, is being built for Zune assembly, right next to the Xbox 360 building</li></ul>And there you have it - reactions? Are you excited or underwhelmed by what you've read?

04-11-2007, 09:50 PM
wow thats a lot of info, I hope hes wrong about the screen ratio, and I wish he asked more about the 2nd generation Zune :(

04-12-2007, 06:22 AM
I guess I am excited about this, if its true.
Zune really does need to have a flash player out there, so that part does is good. Ipods nano is all over the place, so it would be cool to see a similar Zune product out there.
However I am a bit confused why a second gen Zune is coming out so soon after the first one.
But the more people that get to use this product the better, right?
I have been more than pleased with my Zune and any new one would really have to WOW me to get me to give it up.
Must add, that I sure hope the "1st Gen Zune" doesnt just go by the wayside as far as MS is concerned.

04-12-2007, 01:54 PM
A couple of thoughts...

"2nd generation" may not mean "radical redesign that obsoletes the 1st generation" -- it could mean "slight redesign with different capacity but the same OS & connectors so both generations can be supported and updated in the future". (And, for the 2nd gen devices to be competitively priced, perhaps the 1st gen device will get a price reduction.)

And "beat the competition" may not mean "16GB flash device or 120GB disk-based device" -- it may mean " 4GB flash device, and/or 80GB disk-based device, smaller than the others, for less $$$".

Me, I'm looking for an 80GB disk-based Zune, in the same sized or smaller form-factor, competitively priced. If MS is listening...