Zune 2G, flash-based Zune players are on the way
One of the guys over at Zune Scene has run into a Microsoft employee and was able to coax him into revealing details concerning future Zune products. The Microsoft staffer—who, incidentally, had no idea that he was even talking to a Zune fan site editor—is quoted as saying that Microsoft will launch a new "Zune 2.0" and a smaller Zune with flash storage later this year.
The second-generation Zune will look the same as the existing model, but it will be thinner, he explained. As for the flash-based model, the device will be about "3 by 1 1/4 by 1/4 inches" in size—presumably 3" tall, 1.25" wide, and 0.25" thick. That would make it smaller than Apple's iPod nano, which is 3.5" tall, 1.6" wide, and 0.26" thick. According to the Microsoft staffer, the flash-based Zune's display will cover 75% of its front surface. Like the current model, the flash Zune will also support Wi-Fi connectivity and will be able to play videos. Microsoft expects to make 2.4 million next-gen Zunes before the 2007 holiday season, and two thirds of those are expected to be flash-based units, the staffer added. Thanks to DailyTech for the link.