Neobytes :) Arnold Schwarzenegger crushes a Microsoft Zune with his tank

The Zune media player has been mocked since it was first released in 2006. Even though Microsoft stopped making the Zune hardware nearly three years ago, it appears that people still want to make fun of it. Today, a new video shows the latest example of Zune abuse; one of them gets run over by a tank.

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It's not just any tank that takes out the tiny MP3 player. It's one that's owned and is driven by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Yes, Conan-Terminator-Mister Freeze himself decides to crush the Zune in a new YouTube clip. The action happens at the very end and even Schwarzenegger admits he has no idea what a Zune is.

So why is the former governor of California wanting to use a very heavy tank on a poor, helpless Zune? As it turns out, it's all for charity. Schwarzenegger crushes a lot of things with his vehicle in the video and he is asking people to enter a contest where the winner will win a trip to Los Angeles to meet him and, among other things, drive around in his tank to crush things.

The contest can be found at the Omaze website and costs a minimal of $10 to enter. The money that will be raised by the contest will go to the After-School All-Stars, which helps to provide after school activities and programs for kids. Because of this, we will forgive Schwarzenegger for adding to the Zune mocking pile.

Source: Arnold Schwarzenegger on YouTube

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trojan_market said,
This is his plan to save California from bankruptcy? "Come to Los Angeles and crush things with my tank" really?

His plan to save California from bankruptcy was to stop being Governor. Which so far, is working beautifully.

By the time Arnold left office, both my conservative and liberal friends disliked him about equally. Which is hard to do.

So, it took a tank to kill a Zune. That's reassuring. Mine's being used daily, and still shows no sign of slowing down.

Haha, man I feel so sorry for Microsoft. The Zune is/was a fantastic little product, but once a public mindset sets in, you can not budge it.

Albert said,
"... even Schwarzenegger admits he has no idea what a Zune is."

ain't that the truthiness.

And yet it still lives on in the code of almost every computer in the world. Every Xbox, every Windows PC, every Android/iOS product that has Xbox Music/Video, and even most adaptive streaming services like Netflix started by using Zune steaming technology and use a variation of it to this day.

(Even iOS that uses converted video from services like Hulu are using Zune streaming technologies.)

(If you look at the App packages, Xbox Music/Video are still branded Zune.)

Aheer.R.S. said,
Shame, I liked the Zune
My wife and I still do.
The Zune 80 still works fine, and runs off the battery for more than 4 hours whilst her 30gig, 5th gen iPod, bought new in 2006, won't last 10 minutes, and has been that way since 2007.

Edit-
The point being that her iPod, within a year, had no battery life and the Zune, even now, around 6 years after purchase can still go for hours. I seem to remember she said it has gone longer than 5, and outlasted the portable speaker battery she bought a few months ago.

Scabrat said,
Good thing they dont try to crush a Surface Tablet. It probably would still work .

An M60 Patton tank weights around 46 tons, not even a ruggerized laptop could survive it. Unless it is placed on wet dirt of course; in this case the Surface could be pushed under and survive. Said that I would not lend my one for such testing.... :-)

Cosmocronos said,

An M60 Patton tank weights around 46 tons, not even a ruggerized laptop could survive it. Unless it is placed on wet dirt of course; in this case the Surface could be pushed under and survive. Said that I would not lend my one for such testing.... :-)

Lol, Nor would I. However, the bubble wrap seemed to make it... =)

Cosmocronos said,

An M60 Patton tank weights around 46 tons, not even a ruggerized laptop could survive it. Unless it is placed on wet dirt of course; in this case the Surface could be pushed under and survive. Said that I would not lend my one for such testing.... :-)

Pff, heavier trucks drove over a 920 and it still worked afterwards

Scabrat said,
Good thing they dont try to crush a Surface Tablet. It probably would still work .

Crush-off! Surface vs the Lumia 2550!

Cosmocronos said,

Well, having a 920 myself I can confirm that the device is very sturdy; said that the truck in the story you mentioned was a 24 tons one, it "survived" because it ended buried in the dirt and.... a truck has tires not crawlers which makes a huge difference.

http://www.neowin.net/news/nok...ton-earth-mover-still-works


Its a beast of a phone compared to most others in my area (iphone's and samsung ace upto s4's). Although mine is starting to show some fatigue after a year of (ab)use.Yesterday I dropped it on asphalt from a ft up and it spontaniously rebooted

And yeah there's some difference. Plus those 24 ton trucks were not all empty IIRC and can take weights of 200+tons if I'm not mistaken, and it layed on (under) the road the remainder of the work day with multiple trucks going over it.

Actually, a Panasonic Toughbook likely COULD survive it - being run over by tanks is part of the Toughbook Obstacle Course. (Panasonic's Toughbook is, in fact, a ruggedized notebook that currently ships with Windows 8.1 - among those customers that buy lots of Toughbooks is the United States Army.) There have, in fact, been THREE cases of Toughbooks being run over by ABRAMS tanks while in the field - all three are still running. So it depends on the notebook, and how rugged it is.