Friday, March 14, 2008
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 02:16 PM
- The current Zune 80 will retain it's size and shape. It might get a VGA screen, but that's unlikely (as much as it pains me to say that). What we will see is a 160 GB version, and enhancements in the battery life department. There's a slight chance it might get a bit slimmer, but I don't see that happening - I see capacity and battery life growing instead.
- The Zune 4 and Zune 8 will remain in their current physical form factor, though we'll see a Zune 16 added to the mix. The Zune 4 may be dropped depending on how the price points end up - Microsoft does not want the Zune 4 to be perceived as a "budget" player and they do not want to compete with players like the SanDisk Sansa Clip - they'll up the capacity and keep the price point to keep that from happening. I doubt Microsoft will go up to 32 GB of storage, unless they see Apple doing it first (which is unfortunate - they should beat Apple to the punch with 32 GB). We'll see enhancements in battery life, but the hardware itself will be otherwise largely unchanged.
- And this one is really going out on a limb...I believe this year we'll see a wide-screen Zune designed to compete with the iPod Touch. The Zune team has been poking about, asking Zune customers via surveys if they want a bigger, video-focused player, and I'm hoping that people have been saying yes. Note that this would be a completely new Zune, not a "third gen Zune", so technically this new Zune could come out and not invalidate the statement about the third-generation Zunes not coming out until 2009. It would be touch screen, but it would trail behind the iPod Touch in terms of the built-in applications. I don't believe the Zune team is ready, willing, or even able to compete with the contacts/calendar/notes/browsing functions on the Touch. I suspect this new Zune, if released, will focus in on media playback scenarios only.