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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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Thought I'd Share...
By Jackattak on 12/31/2008 2:30:55 PM , Rating: 2
Here's my comment on the boards:

This problem will be resolved at midnight. Everyone needs to just calm down. You aren't going to start any class action lawsuits for being without an MP3 player for one frickin' day. At midnight the "leap second" that this year (2008) has in it iwl lhave passed and once your Zune reboots, it will no longer be confused.

Please, oh please if you aren't a techie or software programmer or even in the IT world just shutup about what you're going to do about this because you don't know anything. It was a big mistake that will keep all of us 30GB Zune users out of our Zunes for one day. You won't die. Your kids won't die. You will probably get cancer, but that won't be caused by your one day wihtout your Zune 30GB.

Mark my words: At midnight this situation will be resolved and your Zune will work perfectly and still have all your data on it.

And for the love of Dog don't remove your battery. You don't know what you're doing. Even if you DO know what you're doing, you shouldn't be removing your battery. It won't do anything except void your warranty. Nothing Microsoft can do will fix this. YOU MUST WAIT UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. There are no other options. There are no updates. There will be no updates. There will be no cracking open of all of our Zunes. There will be no refunds.

If you are so bent out of shape about this that you must go out and buy an iPod, you need help and should go look at pictures of Darfur children for your reality check of what true suffering is.



RE: Thought I'd Share...
By eheia on 12/31/2008 3:37:10 PM , Rating: 2

no srsly, well said.

I haven't used mine in a while as i've just been using my g1, so i guess i really don't care, but for real. "oh no, 1 day without constant electronic stimulation!! oh lord! guess i better go bl*w steve jobs and get an ipod, and this also means that everything else microsoft programs is messed up too!"


RE: Thought I'd Share...
By eheia on 12/31/2008 3:40:12 PM , Rating: 2
to clarify, yes i know MS doesn't always have the best software, and that a lot of it is buggy, but this one incident is not reason enough to extrapolate that all microsoft products are sh*tty.


RE: Thought I'd Share...
By Smilin on 1/5/2009 9:53:42 AM , Rating: 2
MS didn't make the first generation Zune. It was essentially a rebranded Toshiba gigabeat which also experienced the issue.

The MS manufactured Zunes (4,8,16,80,120) had no issues at all.

(this is a repost)

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

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