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Microsoft Confirms 2G Zunes Before Xmas

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There's been chatter for a while now about second generation Zunes, but Microsoft has finally decided to comment on it.
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Talking to Whizbyte a company rep confirmed:

"We have seen the rumors {sic} floating around, but we haven't announced specific dates or details for the next generation of the Zune devices or service. That said, Zune follows the cycle of the consumer electronics cycle so you can expect an update later this year prior to the holiday season."

He/she/it (?) also explained:

"There are three predictable paths along which we'll expand Zune: Device family - adding in new sizes, styles and price points; Features - we'll move towards parity with iPod building in support for video, podcasting, etc and at the same time build on key differentiators such as the wireless feature, the FM tuner, etc; Geographic Markets – we’ll start to expand the international footprint of Zune over time but only when we can ensure an offering which is tailored to that market."

So most of this stuff is fairly logical, but chat that a global launch will follow "only when we can ensure an offering which is tailored to that market" – suggests the company still isn't 100 per cent confident is its second gen(s) which could mean more beta testing on the Yanks.

Fair enough, we'll start getting interested whenever you start getting it right guys...

Link:
Whizbyte Interview

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