The Zune 2 Arrives

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Yes, the Zune 2 is real. While Laura Foy makes her way over to Bear Creek to talk to Cesar from the Zune team, let me tell you a little more. There will be two models, a 80GB hard drive based one, and a slimmer Flash based version that comes in 4GB and 8GB sizes. You'll now be able to sync your Zune over the air rather than connecting it to a dock - very nice. I'm looking forward to  the new Zune button, which is touch sensitive as well as directional. The new Zunes support lossless Windows Media Audio and have glass screens rather than plastic.

My favorite feature has to be the integration with Media Center, so your episodes of the Jetsons can now be dumped to your portable device for watching on the road. And the Zune Social is getting some legs, a new feature called the Zune Card will allow you to have a gadget that shows others what you're listening to on your Zune (remember the wireless feature) at any given time, they will even be able to click on this gadget to listen to the same song. There are future plans for including this on social networks.

And finally in a move that has made a lot of people very happy, the new software features for the new Zune will be available in a firmware patch for the old Zune.

Plenty more to read on TechMeme, and watch for Laura's interview with Cesar coming tomorrow.

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    Googleman81

    YES! oh so very yes! i want the firmware update now!

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    Googleman81

    YES! oh so very yes! i want the firmware update now!

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    n4cer

    Great job Zune team!

    Concerning the switch to a glass screen, I wonder if there will be a slight hit to durability. I know no one plans on dropping devices such as these, and I'd still buy one without hesitation, but the glass screen evokes images of the cracked screens on devices from at least one of your competitors.

    If possible, could Laura ask about this, and/or could someone on the Zune team address it?

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    n4cer

    Great job Zune team!

    Concerning the switch to a glass screen, I wonder if there will be a slight hit to durability. I know no one plans on dropping devices such as these, and I'd still buy one without hesitation, but the glass screen evokes images of the cracked screens on devices from at least one of your competitors.

    If possible, could Laura ask about this, and/or could someone on the Zune team address it?

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    USArcher

    There are many much needed improvements here.  And I'm very happy about the improved Media Center support as well.  The Zune team obviously spent much of this year working on new hardware and rewriting software.  With that behind them, I imagine next year we will see more advancement of the the software/firmware .  With any luck they'll get back to a regular update schedule thats on par with XBox...Spring/Fall updates.

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    USArcher

    There are many much needed improvements here.  And I'm very happy about the improved Media Center support as well.  The Zune team obviously spent much of this year working on new hardware and rewriting software.  With that behind them, I imagine next year we will see more advancement of the the software/firmware .  With any luck they'll get back to a regular update schedule thats on par with XBox...Spring/Fall updates.

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    Ged Byrne

    Any ideas when these may or may not be rolled out across Europe - or more specifically the UK?

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    Ged Byrne

    Any ideas when these may or may not be rolled out across Europe - or more specifically the UK?

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    USArcher

    There are many much needed improvements here.  And I'm very happy about the improved Media Center support as well.  The Zune team obviously spent much of this year working on new hardware and rewriting software.  With that behind them, I imagine next year we will see more advancement of the the software/firmware .  With any luck they'll get back to a regular update schedule thats on par with XBox...Spring/Fall updates.

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    USArcher

    There are many much needed improvements here.  And I'm very happy about the improved Media Center support as well.  The Zune team obviously spent much of this year working on new hardware and rewriting software.  With that behind them, I imagine next year we will see more advancement of the the software/firmware .  With any luck they'll get back to a regular update schedule thats on par with XBox...Spring/Fall updates.

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    Trix.rox

    I want the firmware update now too Sad Could we please have this sooner than later?

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    Trix.rox

    I want the firmware update now too Sad Could we please have this sooner than later?

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    Matthew Mushall

    That's great news!  I can't say that I like the new styling, but the firmware improvements alone more than make up for that.  The big question I still have is can I use it as a portable hard drive, or is Microsoft still determined to keep the memory locked?

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    Matthew Mushall

    That's great news!  I can't say that I like the new styling, but the firmware improvements alone more than make up for that.  The big question I still have is can I use it as a portable hard drive, or is Microsoft still determined to keep the memory locked?

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