Microsoft confirms Zune to go international this year

It looks like the folks at Microsoft just can't get enough of Twitter. There have been many leaks of information over the past few months coming from public tweets by company employees. We recently reported on a tweet from Brian Seitz announcing what we've all been wondering: There will be a new Zune device release this year, this fall according to sources within the company.

One of the biggest problems why I believe Microsoft hasn't made a huge impact in the MP3 player market with the Zune is because it's only available in the United States. Most of our readers and commenter's here at Neowin have said that they would absolutely love to see the Zune device released to other countries. Good news for those of you living outside of the United States.

After doing some digging, we can confirm that the release this fall will be international . While we were not able to get a list of countries that the Zune will ship to, we can confirm that it will be shipping to: Australia, China, and Europe. A company representative told me that there will be far more countries that the Zune will be shipping to.

Stay tuned for more, including specs and pictures (We've seen the internal video!). I'll leave our readers with this: It's slim and you won't need a D-Pad. Feel free to speculate.

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Zune?!?! Even with them available in Canada for months, I haven't seen a single person who has one! iPods and iPhones FTW! :P

MulletRobZ said,
Zune?!?! Even with them available in Canada for months, I haven't seen a single person who has one! iPods and iPhones FTW! :P

I own a Zune, as do a lot of others, just not enough to put a dent in Apples market share... but like this articles states, some of it has to do with that... but, I personally feel the Zune hardware and software is superior to Apples. I haven't met anyone who has used the Zune software and still liked iTunes over it. So... Zune and Zune Software FTW! :P

jase savior said,
I own a Zune, as do a lot of others, just not enough to put a dent in Apples market share... but like this articles states, some of it has to do with that... but, I personally feel the Zune hardware and software is superior to Apples. I haven't met anyone who has used the Zune software and still liked iTunes over it. So... Zune and Zune Software FTW! :P


I don't own a Zune....yet, but I do agree that the Zune software is a lot better than iTunes. Its faster, minimalist and does exactly what it's supposed to do.

The biggest problem with the Zune in Canada is lack of either the Zune Marketplace and the Zune Pass.

I bought my wife a Zune 80 for her birthday last year. It's a very nice device; well made, with a fantastic interface. But we buy music from iTunes.

Woooohooooooo! Starts putting all his pennys in a jar lol
Told the misses I want one as soon as there released here she goes well we better get 2 looks like she wants one as well

Hey! Don't forget Malaysia too!!! I have been wondering for a long time why Zune is not available in Malaysia...

Mum, I know what I want for Christmas now! :D

As for what's gonna be in the new Zune, if it's true that it's gonna be a touchscreen Zune (as per the hint "it's slim and has no d-pad"), then don't expect massive storage. I'm expecting flash memory to be used, or failing that, SSDs, which either way, would be awesome! I'd love to have a 64GB SSD touchscreen Zune!

neo158 said,
Well, minus the Phone part, I think this will be what the new Zune will look like, Possible new Zune Design what do you guys think?

Not bad concept poor photoshopping though D: if any rumors are true however if they do go touch screen or anything they maybe competing with new ipod touch which may have gps and maybe a camera so as much as i love zune software and stuff they're playing a bit too much catch up to really be a worth while upgrade from say ipod touch. Then again as itunes gets worse and worse and they clamp down on jailbreaking etc it may become better...

Is this bad boy marketed well in the US? I solidly believe that if the Creative Zen product family was actually marketed in the UK it may well have been a rival to the iPod, but instead its only people that actually read reviews and care what they're buying that even know about it.

I'd love to see the Zune over here, but tbh it really needs to make an impact to tell UK consumers that there are these things called MP3 players and not just iPods.

Too little too late to be honest, I'm happy with my iPod and I don't plan to replace it anytime soon. If the Zune was released here (Australia) a few years ago, I probally would of got the Zune but since it wasn't, I got the iPod and haven't looked back Don't get me wrong, it's still good to see it release outside NA though.

King Antonius said,
FINALLY!!! Shame i have my iPhone now though.


Microsoft, you just lost sales due to being so frigging slow.

Exactly my point, if I hadn't bought my Touch and known this was about I would be tempted by it. It looks like a very nice MMP but they were just too slow.

The battery life on my smartphone is already crappy enough without me listening to music on it.

I'm hoping that with whatever new device is coming, that they implement bluetooth support the way Samsung has with its players, which not only play to wireless headsets, but also pause when an incoming call comes in.

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