New Zune hardware coming this year

Microsoft's Zune has been out for a while now; as early as November, 2006, with a couple revisions in between. So far they've sold over 3 million units in total, and perhaps Microsoft is about to step up the game to compete further with Apple's iPod. Engadget is reporting that word has come from Microsoft itself that new Zune hardware will be available this year.

So far, details are extremely slim on what will be released. How slim? Very slim. All there is to work off so far is a Tweet from Brian Seitz, a member of the Zune team. It's implied that at least one new model will be available by the years end, but it's expected there will be more than one, obviously.

So, at the moment, that's all we know, but now that those details have come out expect more information shortly.

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Give us a touchscreen device that I can develop for with Windows, and my touch gets passed on to a family member the *day* I can buy one.

MioTheGreat said,
Give us a touchscreen device that I can develop for with Windows, and my touch gets passed on to a family member the *day* I can buy one.


:D

Can't wait, I have the second generation and I use it everyday. I love it. Hoping the new one even has a bigger screen! But I don't know, we'll see. Marketplace please come to Canada! I've been waiting forever.

I had a business trip to US...and my first item in the todo purchase list was this Zune :-D , i love it & gifted few more to my frnds while i came back to india.

I've been wanting a Zune since they first released them...
But living in Australia mean't we couldn't buy one direct with a waranty..so if anything went wrong you had no direct access for getting it fixed.

Can't wait if this is true about the worldwide release...I definitely think there's a market for a 2nd decent player to take on the ipod

Good news. I can't wait to see where Microsoft takes the Zune brand. One thing it doesn't seem like people realize is that Zune is much more than DAP. To me its more about the Zune Marketplace and the Zune Pass. Nothing beats $15/month subscription for 3 Zunes and 3 PCs + 10 songs-to-keep/month (with wireless access to the Zune Marketplace from the device itself).

Maybe they will finally launch the marketplace outside of the US. The fact that the awesome marketplace isn't available in Canada yet makes me a sad panda.

I had one (I'm from Belgium) and I didn't really like it. The software on it is slooooooooooow and the sound quality was absolutely garbage compared to my 'old' Sony Walkman. So I sold my Zune and went back to the Walkman! (offtopic but a recommendation: check Sony's Walkmans, you don't want anything else once you've had one of those)

Ambroos said,
I had one (I'm from Belgium) and I didn't really like it. The software on it is slooooooooooow and the sound quality was absolutely garbage compared to my 'old' Sony Walkman. So I sold my Zune and went back to the Walkman! (offtopic but a recommendation: check Sony's Walkmans, you don't want anything else once you've had one of those)

After trying a Walkman out, I did want something else instead; the Zune! :P

You need to try it out again, because it's really improved since what I'm assuming you used was the V1 firmware. And there's nothing wrong with the sound quality. It's excellent teamed up with my Sennheiser HD 215s, and the sound quality has been proven to be better than the iPod (through a blind test done on CNET a while ago).

MightyJordan said,
After trying a Walkman out, I did want something else instead; the Zune! :P

You need to try it out again, because it's really improved since what I'm assuming you used was the V1 firmware. And there's nothing wrong with the sound quality. It's excellent teamed up with my Sennheiser HD 215s, and the sound quality has been proven to be better than the iPod (through a blind test done on CNET a while ago).


two of my best friends have Zune's and they swear by them. If I didnt have a blackberry with a media player i would totally have a zune. (not a MS fanboy, either)

Great news! Was going to finally pick one up in Toronto this year when I'm over there after waiting for ages. I'll wait for a UK one with the new hardware now.

they can keep the Zune.

anything that cant run Rockbox (www.rockbox.org , free open-source alternative firmware for DAP's (Digital Audio Players)) aint worth buying in my opinion.

p.s. i personally prefer the Sandisk Sansa e200 series as there cheap (in price)/well made/expandable memory (can use upto 32GB MicroSDHC cards with Rockbox)/can run rockbox (well the v1's can)/user replaceable battery etc etc

ThaCrip said,
they can keep the Zune.

anything that cant run Rockbox (www.rockbox.org , free open-source alternative firmware for DAP's (Digital Audio Players)) aint worth buying in my opinion.

p.s. i personally prefer the Sandisk Sansa e200 series as there cheap (in price)/well made/expandable memory (can use upto 32GB MicroSDHC cards with Rockbox)/can run rockbox (well the v1's can)/user replaceable battery etc etc


Sorry, but that looks just awful. Those themes look terrible. I'd rather have the basic iPod interface over those.

ThaCrip said,
they can keep the Zune.

anything that cant run Rockbox (www.rockbox.org , free open-source alternative firmware for DAP's (Digital Audio Players)) aint worth buying in my opinion.

p.s. i personally prefer the Sandisk Sansa e200 series as there cheap (in price)/well made/expandable memory (can use upto 32GB MicroSDHC cards with Rockbox)/can run rockbox (well the v1's can)/user replaceable battery etc etc

TBH i think it's the otherway round until rockbox can keep/catch up it can be forgotten.

There's a LOT more news coming from the Zune team shortly. I'll leave you guys with a little hint: The next release will be worldwide. Stay tuned!

Sean Bradford said,
There's a LOT more news coming from the Zune team shortly. I'll leave you guys with a little hint: The next release will be worldwide. Stay tuned!

That's not so much a hint, more like a massive neon sign. :D

Great news, nevertheless!!!

Sean Bradford said,
There's a LOT more news coming from the Zune team shortly. I'll leave you guys with a little hint: The next release will be worldwide. Stay tuned!

Very good news. I, personally, have yet to physically see a Zune.

Sean Bradford said,
There's a LOT more news coming from the Zune team shortly. I'll leave you guys with a little hint: The next release will be worldwide. Stay tuned!

Made my day. I've always wanted a Zune. A friend got one from ebay and it's pretty sweet. Hopefully Microsoft have been doing lots of behind the scenes work for the rest of the world so they start on the front foot.

WooHoo!!! said,
Made my day. I've always wanted a Zune. A friend got one from ebay and it's pretty sweet. Hopefully Microsoft have been doing lots of behind the scenes work for the rest of the world so they start on the front foot.

Made mine too! I've been wanting to replace my Zen Vision:M for a while now. (Aah, the hours I spent in Italy watching Enterprise on that, while avoiding University work. Bliss)

interesting to see what they can do. hopefully along with that will be world-wide release too then may actually take off.

the main problem with the zune lack if success when it was launched in the USA it took a year to get to Canada. if they make a zune with a 120GB hd and touch screen im sold

I wouldn't really even say it got to Canada. The marketplace still isn't here and that's a big part of the experience.

GP007 said,
That would be nice. I figure the music store licensing is what's holding that back.

Yeah, you're probably right there. Personally, I wouldn't mind having full Zune support over here if it meant not getting access to all of the marketplace.

I really hope this new Zune is a good improvement. I'm still on the 1st gen 30GB model, and I'd love to upgrade to this 3rd gen one this year!

Origamihl said,
Worldwide selling ????????????????????????????????????

Not gonna happen. Trust me. I've never seen a Zune in my life (except in pictures).

The2 said,
Not gonna happen. Trust me. I've never seen a Zune in my life (except in pictures).

How does that make sense?

If you're not in the US/Canada, that's hardly surprising, and completely irrelevant.
If you are in the US/Canada ... unlike some iPod users, Zune users don't flash their around, or have noticeable white headphones. I don't think 3 million sold = non-existent.