Microsoft to handle Zune 2G production, design

The original Zune portable media player that launched in November last year wasn't made by Microsoft—the device was a redesigned version of the Toshiba Gigabeat S, and its FCC filing even refered to it as a Toshiba 1089. Well, Microsoft will apparently take things into its own hands for the second-gen Zune devices that are expected to come out this year.

According to a report by MarketWatch, Microsoft is building a manufacturing plant in China to produce Zune media players. The site quotes Microsoft Zune Marketing Director Jason Reindorp as saying second-gen Zunes will "include a number of different versions with varying prices and degrees of storage capacity." Reindorp tells MarketWatch that, while Microsoft picked more or less off-the-shelf hardware for the original Zune due to time constraints, the software giant wants "greater control" this time around. Microsoft's manufacturing partner will be "a partner we're very familiar with," Reindeorp adds, and it will assemble "only parts brought to it by Microsoft, and according to Microsoft's specifications." (Thanks to DailyTech for the tip.)

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