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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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By RussianSensation on 9/3/2008 4:28:31 PM , Rating: 2
"I just want something cheap that looks sexy that I can throw through a few walls and still listen to music and maybe a few videos on. Give me a clean UI and solid music quality anytime over a freakin GPS."

I think exactly like you which is why I didn't even buy an MP3 player in the first place and got a Sony Ericsson Walkman phone (along with $15 Sennheiser headphones which retailed for $80). The ease of use and not being constrained to share music between computers frankly makes me wonder why one would ever want an ipod? You can pick up phone memory for $20 to get you to 4GB of the ipod...My battery life is also superior to all my friend's iphones (at least from anecdotal evidence).

By encryptkeeper on 9/4/2008 1:50:00 PM , Rating: 2
The ease of use and not being constrained to share music between computers frankly makes me wonder why one would ever want an ipod?

The only "protected" music that can't be moved from one computer to another is music bought off iTunes' site. But now, most of it is non protected. Even if you run into music that IS protected, all you have to do is run it through iTunes' converter and convert it to MP3 format, then change it back to aac. Voila, you have unprotected music, easy as that. I love my 80 gb iPod. I wish Apple would combine the 80 gb model with phone functionality. The iPhone's main problem (other than being limited to AT&T) is the fact that the memory is so limited. I want SPACE. I'd also like wireless headphones, kind of like CODEC in Metal Gear Solid. You could listen to it and no one would know you had it on.

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