Another Reason To Not Buy A Zune

December 31, 2008

Hmm very strange… is this the start of something or just another opportunity to laugh at Microsoft. Also, how do you go about fixing it?

Right, so this is a weird one: we’re getting tons of reports—tons—about
failing Zune 30s. Apparently, the players began freezing at about midnight last
night, becoming totally unresponsive and practically useless.
The crisis has been dubbed by Zune users ‘Z2K9’, due to the apparently synchronized faceplantings across the country. According to tipster Michael, the Zune users experienced something like this:

“Apparently, around 2:00 AM today, the Zune models either reset, or were
already off. Upon when turning on, the thing loads up and… freezes with a full
loading bar (as pictured above). I thought my brother was the only one with it,
but then it happened to my Zune. Then I checked out the forums and it seems
everyone with a 30GB HDD model has had this happen to them”

This report is consistently corroborated by literally hundreds of
others across the various Zune support and fan forums.
What hasn’t emerged yet, largely due to the fact that MS’s support lines aren’t yet
open for the day, is why these devices are failing. The evidence seems to point
to a software glitch, but simple resets aren’t providing any relief. Some
reports indicate that only Zunes with the latest firmware are affected, but this
hasn’t yet been confirmed.

The proximity of the events to the New Year, which
inspired the Y2K9 moniker, provides little more than a colorful backdrop; it’s
unlikely that the switching of years in the Zune’s internal calendar has
anything to do with the failures (besides, it hasn’t even happened yet).



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