Officially vapourware that is, although Microsoft announced it yesterday (with far less fanfare than Apple’s announcement of it’s new iPods), there is no release date or even pricing set. They’ve even gone as far as stating that they’re still working on it in an interview with Gizmodo:
Gizmodo: OK, if I’m using a Zune, am I really going to troll Wifi for other people’s music? What is that going to do for battery life?
J Allard: It’s a tough problem, and we’re not done with it yet. What we have is different power modes. Oversimplifying, we have a beacon mode that says “I’m around.” The next level that uses more power says “hey, I want to do something, and share, whether that’s music, photos.”
Many people have proclaimed their disgust at the brown colour, and that it just looks like a previous generation iPod with a bigger screen. But I think Microsoft has done a pretty good job (it looks much better than other third party devices), and the brown colour will match my coat.
Perhaps the one big feature that could’ve made it stand out is integration with Windows Media Centre or the Xbox Media Centre, being able to stream video and music, to and from that through it’s WiFi connection. If you’re going to compete with Apple, at least one-up them with something big, rather than a feature that lets you send pictures of your genitals to other commuters on the bus (you heard it here first).
Microsoft, the king of vapourware, strikes again.