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Alleged flash-based Zune photos surface

updated 06:50 pm EDT, Thu August 30, 2007

Flash-based Zune photos?

Photos of an alleged flash-based Microsoft Zune player surfaced today, rekindling rumors that the Redmond-based software giant will move to further its position in the digital media player market and gain ground on the market leader -- Apple. The photos depict colored players in pink, red, and black that look much like Apple's iPod nano player, featuring taller screens and a rounded rectangular area in place of the Cupertino-based company's click-wheel. Gizmodo reports that while the photo appears legitimate and was confirmed by two separate unrelated sources, Microsoft is not above seeding the market with mockup pictures to confuse the public about pending product releases.

Electronista reported yesterday that Toshiba added a new mid-sized flash player with Wi-Fi and internet support to its Gigabeat line of portable devices, suggesting that Microsoft could be following suit with its own flash revision of the Zune.

Microsoft recently beat its sales estimate by shipping well over 1 million Zunes by the end of June. The company served up 1.2 million units between the device's launch in mid-November of 2006 and the end of the most recent June quarter, but industry analysts say Microsoft isn't the only company benefiting from those sales figures. Apple stands to gain from any new competitors on the market because every newcomer has to ensure iPod compatibility to gain traction.




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  1. rspress

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The Trouble with Tribbles

    It reminds me of the star trek episode, the trouble with tribbles, where tribble trader Cyrano Jones says to the bartender, "Twice nothing is still nothing".

    I hope Apple is picking up on the fact the Wi-Fi is coming hard and heavy to MP3 players and so far Apple is the only one that has done it right with the iPhone. They need to move this to a hard drive based, OS X based full screen, touch screen video iPod. Let's hope they get it right on the 5th but I will not hold my breath.

  1. unity@mac.com

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    200k?

    That 200k included the ones shipped off to our soldiers. I think they did that just to make sure they met or exceeded their goal.

    I work at a tanning salon and see plenty of iPods come in but I have YET to EVER see anyone with a Zune both inside and outside of work.

    Lets just see if they can meet their next goal, its bad to miss a goal but can be worse to make one and miss the next by a large margin.

  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    oh no...

    How will they ever sell without t*** brown? MS is in trouble :)

    (the pictures I've seen were of pink, black, and red)

  1. Rezzz

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    trying to steal thunder

    nice timing, monople$oft. amazing how this gets 'leaked' just days before the apple event. too little, too late.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iPod Touch vs Zune 2

    ...hmmm. An OSX-powered wide-screen iPod Touch w/WiFi vs the Zune 2. I'm definitely leaning toward the iPod Touch. Anyone know what OS the Zune 2 will run? Vista Lite maybe?

  1. Feynman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    deleted

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  1. Beechlady

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    WOW

    I'm so amazed at the "originality" of the "new" design....'scuze me while I snicker.... (nice Pepto Pink to go along with that wipe brown)

    I'll wait for my Yellow Submarine Beatles iPod, thankyouverymuch.

  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    zune in the UK

    While i have yet to see a Zune in the UK, i still think Apple need to keep ahead of the curve.

    They definitely need to add wireless syncing to the new iPods (and preferably wireless internet, but thats probably a bit too much to hope for).

  1. jasong

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iPhone does wifi right?

    How does the iPhone do wifi right? You can't sync with it, you can't buy music with it, you can't share anything with it. I won't say it doesn't do anything useful, but as far as a media player goes it still does less than the Zune's useless implementation.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hey Jasong

    Go back to your virus collection unit and let people with a clue discuss these things.

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