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Zune price-drop coming?

Written by Ben Reid @ 07 Apr 2007 9:41 User comments (8)

Zune price-drop coming? Software giant Microsoft may be considering different distribution models for its iPod-rivalling Zune media device, with one of the propositions said to be offering the device at a next to nothing price tied to a subscription -- similar to a cellphone contract.
"Microsoft is exploring lots of ideas, and this is just one of them," confirmed a spokesperson for the company. The spokesperson said a subsidised Zune is only one of a series of "wild ideas" that Microsoft is currently considering in an attempt to compete with Apple's upcoming iPhone. The software maker has yet to announce plans to head towards the telecommunications market, though is considering such a move.

"It's a direction Zune would want to head in, but is it going to go there immediately? Probably not," the spokesperson said.

Source:
fin24.co.za

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8 user comments

17.4.2007 9:54

it would be nice to see different models of the zune, like an 80 gig or a 60 gig

27.4.2007 16:40

or versions that don't get cracked screens from overheating battery!

38.4.2007 0:18

Originally posted by ripxrush:
or versions that don't get cracked screens from overheating battery!
I believe this rumor has been dismissed. http://www.zunescene.com/

"A recent article from Engadget.com has many Zune owners concerned about thermal expansion of the battery causing the Zune screen to crack. Although no photos were provided by Engadget, the article suggests this happens when the Zune is left charging overnight. To shed a little light on the subject we've taken a photo of the Zune guts from the side. The battery is clearly thinner than the hard drive.

The battery would have to undergo massive expansion to wedge itself between the rear housing and LCD screen. In fact the battery does not even touch the screen, it rests on the PCB. Another point to consider is that heating of Li-Ion batteries occurs during rapid discharge only (such as a short circuit), not during the charging phase. Finally, the Zune layout is based on the Toshiba Gigabeat which has no record of thermal expansion problems. If screens are indeed cracking the source of the damage is not likely from charging the battery. Until further information is available (such as a photo or a source) we call BS on the rumor."

Apple fanboys...pshhh...

48.4.2007 11:38

I have to give credit to Microsoft to try to compete with every major company. The Zune is so lame and not cool looking that might be their saddest attempt. The device suck.........

58.4.2007 12:08
vinny13
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Originally posted by salsa36:
I have to give credit to Microsoft to try to compete with every major company. The Zune is so lame and not cool looking that might be their saddest attempt. The device suck.........

I agree. The Ipod is "major ownage" compared to the Zune. Stupid M$. Always trying to make a buck!

Pretty soon they'll be the next leading competiter to Ziploc with their new Xbags.

68.4.2007 14:37
emachinet
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i have a zune and an ipod .. and the zune is by far better ..i love the design too..it doesnt brake i must have dropped it like 5 times but nothin ..unlike my ipod...but ipod was good..zune is just ALOT better

79.4.2007 10:10

I have an iPod and Zune player, zune is alot better, oh how i hate itunes.

I used to have only a Wii and thought the Playstation 3 sucked, now i have a Playstation 3 and its awesome.

Most people look at .jpg pictures or read reviews on what other fanboys say and agree with them.

That's all i'm going to say.

89.4.2007 14:46

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Pretty soon they'll be the next leading competiter to Ziploc with their new Xbags.
That's funny.........

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it doesnt brake i must have dropped it like 5 times but nothin
It must be the rubber Zune :) or keep trying until it breaks....

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