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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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My 30GB Zune failed...
By Mickey21 on 12/31/2008 5:36:37 PM , Rating: 2
I just moved to New Zealand so my New Year is already completed. I went over to my computer where my Zune usually sits connected via Zune cable and saw the screen lit up for no reason. Normally the screen is off but it was on with the Zune logo and the white progress bar sitting at 100% but nothing happening. I quickly searched the internet and found it odd that there were fress Dec. 31st postings of other 30GB Zune people saying the same thing. I thought coincidence, but this morning I wake on January 1st 2009 (almost noon now) and see a report about the Zune failures. I thought it was just another dead HDD in a 30GB Zune and had already looked into replacing the HDD. MS of course is the culprit. Wonderful...




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