Zune 2nd Gen Confirmed

July 20, 2007 at 5:18 pm 8 comments

After some discussion with a representative of Microsoft(press), I was given the following information after asking if they could confirm any details regarding Scorpio (the new 80gb model) and draco(the flash based zune). This is the reply:

We have seen the rumors floating around, but we haven’t announced specific dates or details for the next generation of the Zune devices or service. That said, Zune follows the cycle of the consumer electronics cycle so you can expect an update later this year prior to the holiday season.

    • There are three predictable paths along which we’ll expand Zune:
      • Device family – adding in new sizes, styles and price points
      • Features – we’ll move towards parity with iPod building in support for video, podcasting, etc and at the same time build on key differentiators such as the wireless feature, the FM tuner, etc
      • Geographic Markets – we’ll start to expand the international footprint of Zune over time but only when we can ensure an offering which is tailored to that market

And one thing about Zune that’s really great for consumers is that the device is future-proofed. Consumers can buy without fear of their device becoming obsolete. Zune’s software (firmware) can be updated so their device gets automatically updated with new features when the new software is launched.”

I also asked if they were going to set out the Zune Spots, in not just concerts but possibly malls and other places as well. I did not get a reply at this point.

So using the above information, it is confirmed that there will be a model out in time for Christmas. They are also going to expand the support (expand from the states) probably after the new models come out. Also it says that the newer models will mimic the features of the iPod, ie nano style, shuffle, etc… and maybe add some new stuff to play in with the wi-fi capabilities. Possibly an internet application? Maybe a zune phone is in the works, although not directly said but they did say that they were basically following the same path apple laid out.


Entry filed under: 2nd Gen, microsoft, technology, zune.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Zune Scene  |  July 20, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    Good info, thanks.

  • 2. Michael  |  July 24, 2007 at 4:45 am

    Sounds good. Kind of the same lines on what I’ve been expecting.

  • 3. Almost Zune  |  July 24, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    We were contacted by Microsoft end of May that they were holding a fire drill looking for content to ride along with the new release of Zune. The funny thing about this was the Zune team was presented with a lot of good content but the sponsorship team had veto rights over any content they felt they had not milked sposnorship dollars out of the content holder. IF Microsoft gets rid of the sponsorship team they would have all of the content and then some they would need for a European launch. As usual any kind of delay is being created internally…

  • 4. Zuner  |  July 25, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see what comes of this. I lost my Zune a few months ago and have been waiting to see what the 2nd gen will offer.

  • 5. jean  |  July 27, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for this relevant info

  • 6. pimpin  |  November 15, 2007 at 12:06 am

    hi everyone, I am hoping the G2 zune will com out. it will be surely a sucess to me. If microsoft doesnt then i hope they will make many ideas for the zune and hope those ideas com to life.

    plzz microsoft make those ideas or dreams com true.o yea, plzz metion the zune info sooner and quicker u had for goten that on tha last 2 zunes that have been made. THANK U!!!!!!!!!!

  • 7. Low Price Zune 80 GB  |  April 24, 2008 at 1:34 am

    I have a Zune 1.0 with the latest Zune software but my device refuses to upgrade its firmware.

  • 8. Buy Zune 80 GB Media Play  |  April 24, 2008 at 4:14 am

    Music and entertainment, your way. That’s what the Zune 80 GB Digital Media Player is designed to deliver. The Zune easily connects you with your music, videos, and pictures wherever and whenever you want, and unlike the iPod, it even has a built-in FM tuner so you can keep up with local news and sports. Your Zune gives you the power to wirelessly share full-length tracks, playlists, pictures and podcasts with your other Zune-wielding friends. And when you receive songs that you just can’t get out of your head, you can easily tag the songs and buy them the next time you sync up. Whether you’re listening to music, radio, or rocking out to the latest music videos on the bright, roomy screen, the Zune allows you to tailor your entertainment, right in the palm of your hand.


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