Are Zunes Committing Suicide?

calendarMy personal MP3 player of choice is the iPod Touch. iPods don't commit suicide, at least they don't en masse.

There's word at this hour that 30GB Zunes are killing themselves in droves.

The internet is awash with reports that the 30GB Zune is committing suicide across the planet. Not just one of them, either. It seems that some weird bug is simultaneously killing the music players, like lemmings leaping from a cliff.

Speculation is of course centered around the timing. It is New Year's Eve, after all, and the conspiracy nuts are calling this Z2K (with or without a +9 at the end). Our own NYC Bureau Chief John C Abell prefers the idea that it is "Brilliant Microsoft DRM Technology", which would be the most hilarious explanation.

Let me get this straight. Apple owns this marketplace, but it's a big marketplace, and competition is good for everyone. I myself own an iRiver which still works great while getting FM stations and recording voice to MP3. Microsoft, however, would have to give me a Zune to get me to use one, and even a free Zune that freezes up for no good reason without explanation isn't worth the frustration.

Does anyone out there actually own a Zune?

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Fredericton Steve

Ipods may not commit suicide but they sure as hell die alot.

December 31, 2008 @ 2:38 PM


I asked for a Zune last year for Christmas, but apparently they were hard to find out here in Alberta. I ended up with a 3rd gen Nano instead, and I'm quite impressed with it.

December 31, 2008 @ 2:53 PM

Toronto Mike

I like the fact I'm seeing a Zune ad to the left of this entry. I expect many click-thrus!

December 31, 2008 @ 3:19 PM

Jason |

Seemingly even iPods like to 'die' every three years or so... if not who would buy the new ones? Food for thought.

This goes for most electronics.. from headphones to power drills.. that shit is made to break so you'll have to buy the next model..

January 1, 2009 @ 1:49 PM


Meh, I went through 3 ipods in 3 years. Even when Apple replaced their ridiculously buggy product for free, I still had to bin a shedload of 'accessories' every time because they change the shape of their product every year. When I got the last nano I didn't even bother with a skin. And when it died I got a Creative Zen M which has been working amazingly well as a music player, radio and external storage for a 2.5 years now. And it plays almost any kind of file and I can just drag and drop with windows explorer - no itunes. Just so.much.easier.

January 2, 2009 @ 2:05 AM

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