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Microsoft has yet to comment on what is causing massive numbers of its 30GB Zune to fail virtually simultaneously

There have been some mysteries in the technology world over 2008. It seems that the last day of the year will end on another mysterious note for technology fans and Microsoft Zune owners.

According to Gizmodo there are massive amounts of reports of 30GB Microsoft Zune players failing around the country. The proximity to the New Year has led the phenomenon to be dubbed the Y2K9 bug, though the failures actually having anything to do with a calendar issue is slim. Mostly the slim chances have to do with the fact that the calendar won’t change until midnight tonight on the players and the first reports of failures starting coming in at about 2 a.m. this morning.

The failure goes something like this according to reports. At about 2 a.m. 30GB Zune's that were reset or were tuned off failed when they were started back up. The failure is described by those affected as a freeze at the load screen.

According to reports this isn’t a few 30GB Zune's that have failed, the vast majority of the devices have the same exact failure symptoms and have been reports by hundreds of owners according to Gizmodo. At this point little is known as to what is causing the mass failures of the devices. Once Microsoft is up and running for the workday, perhaps we will get more information on the issue.

Until then if you're 30GB Zune has failed, tell us about it in the comments below.



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By mmntech on 12/31/2008 10:19:56 AM , Rating: 4
I find this failure to be vary odd indeed. I can't think of any other home media product produced by Microsoft that has such a high failure rate. :p
Lots of jokes here. Does it show the RRoD? Is it not Y2k9 compatible because Microsoft didn't expect people would keep them that long. The list goes on. lol

Kidding aside, I'm sure the Zune is a vary decent player based on what I've been told. However, it is a little ironic given that the Xbox, MS's other major piece of consumer electronics, is also known to spontaneously melt down.


By StevoLincolnite on 12/31/2008 10:24:31 AM , Rating: 2
Well it's nice to know that they included a Time-Zone reference to the "2am" part of the story. </Sarcasm>

However New Years started here 2 hours ago, so where exactly have these Zunes been failing?


By EglsFly on 1/1/2009 4:17:50 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I find this failure to be vary odd indeed. I can't think of any other home media product produced by Microsoft that has such a high failure rate. :P
Spot on! LOL


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