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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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RE: Will work tommorow.
By Mitch101 on 12/31/2008 11:17:32 AM , Rating: 4
Same here just waiting it out.

It would be too easy if only setting your PC clock would update the Zune otherwise everyone with music that expires would set their dates so it never reaches expiration.

Microsoft updated their site about the 30gig zunes being effected. So they acknowledge the issue and are looking into it. Patience everyone.

Some things I find comical that I am reading.

1-People who are cracking open their Zunes to do the reset instead of waiting for a response from Microsoft. Well My warranty is out so I cracked it open now I broke something. Its a pretty significant Microsoft mistake that I'm sure Microsoft would support out of warranty Zunes if it does not resolve on the first of the new year or with an update and throw in some sort of bonus for free music downloads for the inconvenience. This is some 2 bit company that will say ok we screwed you and here is $30.00 off the purchase of another Zune. This is Microsoft they will make this right.

2- That's it im getting an iPod. Wow you know the battery has died on me and I have been without music until I could recharge my MP3 player but to go a day without music from their Zune and somehow buying an iPod is the solution? Cant go a day without Music? That's called an addiction. Get therapy.

To coin an old term some people need to take a chill pill. Its new years start drinking.


RE: Will work tommorow.
By Shadowself on 12/31/2008 1:28:09 PM , Rating: 1
Actually, it's more like, "If MS has done something this stupid (Zunes only work 365 days a year whether it's a leap year or not) then what other stupid stuff is in that software/firmware? Is it not going to work in months where there's a blue moon (the second full moon of the calendar month)?"


RE: Will work tommorow.
By Mitch101 on 12/31/2008 2:24:16 PM , Rating: 4
The Bush Administration is now being blamed for the Zune 30 outage.

Al Qaeda and several other terrorist groups are claiming they are responsible for the Zune Jihad.

The RIAA has sent a letter to Microsoft with the WiFi addresses of all Zunes it believes are sharing music illegally. Instructing them to be shut down immediately.


RE: Will work tommorow.
By Belard on 12/31/2008 4:51:22 PM , Rating: 3
I guess Bush doesn't know when to stop... war, katrina, general inability of original thought... and now this?!

That's it! Nobody vote for this guy anymore!


RE: Will work tommorow.
By squirrelfriend on 12/31/2008 3:20:04 PM , Rating: 2
could be worse.... how about:
http://www.dailytech.com/Lockheeds+F22+Raptor+Gets...

i concur with Mitch101. Drink... it'll be fixed soon.


RE: Will work tommorow.
By taber on 12/31/2008 4:48:35 PM , Rating: 4
It's actually not that stupid. I'm not the best programmer by any means, but I can tell you that programming for dates is often a pain. It's simply not as cut and dry as most programming problems and many languages offer different support for it. Not to mention it's also hard to test for every situation.

It's still embarrassing for them, but it's not reflective of their abilities in general.


RE: Will work tommorow.
By robinthakur on 1/2/2009 4:50:38 AM , Rating: 2
Gawd, just be glad that it wasn't Apple who dropped the ball here. The recriminations would be dense and vociferous, no doubt. The response to "get an iPod!" is probably advice that most of those contrarians with a Zune already ignored in their infinite wisdom.


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