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Microsoft will be offering new 120GB and 8GB Zune models

Microsoft launched its Zune digital audio players (DAP) hoping to dethrone Apple and its dominating iPod from the top of the DAP heap. As it turns out, the Zune proved to be no match for the iPod. The iPod sits firmly at the top of the sales pecking order while Microsoft languishes much farther down the list of the most popular DAPs around.

Despite the sales figures, not being what Microsoft hoped for, it is still trudging along with new models and updates to the software to bring about the "Zune Social". In May of 2008, Microsoft launched the Zune 2.5 update and episodes of TV shows. Later in May of 2008, GameStop announced that demand for the Zune in its stores was so low it would no longer be carrying the products.

Engadget reports that information on new Zune models has surfaced from B&H Photo. A 120GB Zune in black will be available for $249.95. An 8GB Blue flash-based Zune will be available for $149.95. Zunerama reports that it has received a screen shot from someone at Wal-Mart that shows the black 80GB Zune and the 4GB Zune have been discontinued. The screen shot is so blurry as to be virtually unreadable.

If the screenshot is accurate, it would seem the 80GB hard drive based Zune is being replaced with the 120GB version. The 4GB flash based Zune is phased out in favor of the 8GB version.

The players would go head to head with Apple's classic iPod 80/160 GB players, priced at $249/$299, and its 8GB flash iPod Nano, generally available for around $179.99.  In the previous generation, the iPod featured better battery life, while the Zune sported a bigger screen and some extra features, though there's no telling how the next generation models of the two players will stack up.


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8gb version
By omnicronx on 9/3/2008 11:39:52 AM , Rating: 2
There always was an 8GB version of the new zune.. I've had one for 3 months... It sounds like they are replacing the 80GB with a 120GB, and they are merely discontinuing the 4GB version, which nobody was buying because everywhere I went, the 4GB Nano was cheaper, and has video out.




RE: 8gb version
By imperator3733 on 9/3/2008 6:40:53 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like the 4GB is being discontinued with the 8GB taking its place while a new 16GB flash Zune takes the 8GB's price point. (http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul/archi...

I haven't heard anything suggesting that Microsoft will do this, but wouldn't it make sense to replace the old Zune 30 with a new Zune 40 that has the same hardware as the Zune 80/120?


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