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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 michael2k on 9/3/2008 5:23:34 PM , Rating: 3
Why do you limit the iPod to an MP3 player?

Why not a GPS that plays MP3s? Or a internet browser that plays MP3s? Or an email checker?

The iPod touch happens to be a computer, a freaking computer, that lets you play music, videos, browse the web, check email, and now, evidently, has GPS.

If what you want is cheap/sexy/durable, you want the iPod nano.

By Bonrock on 9/3/2008 8:44:31 PM , Rating: 4
"If what you want is cheap/sexy/durable, you want the iPod nano."

...Or the Zune 4GB or Zune 8GB, which are both cheaper than the equivalent iPod Nanos, look just as good, and have all the same features.

Why do you limit the MP3 player to just the iPod?

By michael2k on 9/4/2008 1:48:44 AM , Rating: 2
I've never used a Zune; I can't recommend it blindly without actually using it.

The iPod nano, however, I've used and love and can recommend.

In any case, the dude wants a subscription plan, not an MP3 player.

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