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FCC reveals Zune 120GB with old design

updated 02:55 pm EDT, Mon August 18, 2008

Zune 120GB at FCC

Microsoft's next-generation Zune update will will be cautious and focus primarily on storage, the FCC has revealed through a new filing (PDF). Government tests prove the existence of a Zune with 120GB of storage but also reveal a design fundamentally unchanged from the Zune 80, including the hybrid touch and directional pad. The device also appears to be running the existing Zune 2.5 software rather than a new revision, although this may not necessarily apply to the final product.

No clues have been given as part of the leak that would hint at the release date, although the tests of the Wi-Fi music player took place in June and would clear the path to a launch in the fall, when Microsoft has historically launched updated Zune models. It's not known whether the 120GB player would occupy a new price point or simply replace the Zune 80 at the same $249 price for the existing model.

If not accompanied by more than capacity changes, the update would mark the first instance in which Microsoft has issued only minor updates to the Zune since it was first released in November 2006. [via istartedsomething]

by MacNN Staff



  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Am I reading about this on a Macintosh news Feed?

    Who cares!

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How about just cancelling the product line this would equal a huge refresh.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I have used iPods since their inception when I was forced to use ephpod to connect my iPod to my PC, so don't flame me for my next comment.

    I have used and acutally like the Zune. Is is a solid device with nice software. In time it will hopefully get better and better. Will it topple the iPod, who gives a rat's a** one way or another? If they can make a profit in the longer term with a smaller customer base (cough cough Apple Computers) then that is all that matters.

    The only reason I no longer own the Zune is that 90 percent or more of my music is in Japanese, Korean and Chinese and for whatever strange reason, MS has chosen not to support unicode on the new Zune firmware. Crazy yes, but it is still a nice product.

    ahem...let the flames begin.

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    lame wing

    Why should we flame you, lamewing? I actually feel sorry for you. You just seem so pathetic.


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