were invited to a press event today at the Zune Team campus in Redmond. The new Zune
players we’re revealed to the attendees, but an embargo stops them from
publishing the information until midnight, tonight. Nevertheless, King
5 station in Seattle leaked some (unconfirmed) precious information ahead
of time. According to the station, Microsoft will release a new Flash based Zune player
(4Gb and 8GB) available in black, pink, green and red. A new black 80GB Zune player
(hard disc based), thinner than the 30GB Zune player
and equipped with a 3.2 LCD screen, will also be released by the same token. All
models will carry an FM radio tuner.
guys, we’ve been expecting new Wi-Fi scenarios
and they're on their way! The new Zune 2 firmware will sync music, videos
and photos wirelessly from with your computer! Pretty cool! Isn’t it?
These are easy to guess as they match iPod prices… Flash Zune models
will be priced at $149 and $199 for the 4GB and 8Gb respectively. The new 80GB Zune player
will carry a retail price of $249. The new devices will be available
mid-November. We still don’t know if the 30GB Zune player will be retired or if
it will still be available and compatible with the Zune 2 firmware.
Zune firmware has been redesigned from scratch, and that’s why no substantial Zune Firmware
update has been released since the first generation Zune was released last
year. Life is sweet, isn't it?
Insider says that the Zune marketplace will have DRM free music. The Zune to Zune
sharing would be totally or partially released from its DRM prison
(still to be confirmed though).
We should also expect videos and podcasts from the Zune marketplace.
The Zune Squircle is apparently called the Zune pad...
More details later! images from rompres
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]