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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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zune trumps ipod
By AndersMech on 9/11/2008 4:05:10 PM , Rating: 2
As a previous user of the iPods and now a happy user of the Zune 80 gig I can easily say that in terms of use, looks and functionality, the Zune beats the iPod. My first iPod, the mini, died after around 4 months, and the replacement died after 5. I then got a 80 gig iPod video, which was ok. Bland look, bland features and a small screen. I had that for about a year and a half before getting a Zune in March 08. It blew me away at how much better the Zune was than the iPod. It has a very large and clear screen, which works great for movies and viewing pictures. It has a very good and useful UI and looks just plain great. Even though it has some problems, like the rating system (which I do not use very much), it still looks and works better than any of my previous iPods.

After owning both iPods and a Zune, I can say that I think that the Zune is a much better MP3 player with a better UI, better looks and even better computer software. Also, for price, its pretty good.

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