Microsoft Zune is chunky brick made by Toshiba

“Well, here’s a bit of a surprise: a wireless PMP just showed up on the FCC, featuring a 30GB HDD, FM tuner and a strangely familiar 3-inch screen,” Paul Miller reports for Engadget.

Miller reports, “And it ain’t being manufactured by Microsoft. Instead it looks like Microsoft got their good pal Toshiba to produce the Zune, which not only saves Microsoft the job of gearing up some production lines for the thing, but seems to keep them from stepping on at least one PlayForSure licensee’s toes.”

Full article with photos of the bulky Zune cracked open and completely dissected here.

More photos via the FCC here.
Thick as a brick ain’t gonna sell. This Zune thing gets worse with each passing day (and it wasn’t sounding so great to begin with).

And when’s the last time you saw a laptop that thick? At least it makes the Zune look “thinner.” Imagine how thick a Zune would look next to a MacBook Pro. (shudder)

UPDATE: 1:40pm EDT: Microsoft’s PlaysForSure hacked: FairUse4WM strips Windows Media DRM – August 25, 2006

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78 Comments

  1. Well, PC users will buy them.

    1. You need an Apple to use a iPod. Why buy another computer just to use a MP3 player?
    2. WMP is Windows only.
    3. WMP is beeter quality looking and sounding.
    4. Heavier just means more storage capacity and faster graphics.
    5. Bigger is always bettre.
    6. Microsoft is on Dells, so Zune should be gooder than a IPOD.
    7. COMPUSA will sell Zunes so it’s easy to get support for them. The iPOD store employees don’t know ANYTHING about Microsoft Dells.
    8. Zune won’t scratch, becuse it’s made of plastic not steel, so it’s bettar.
    9. IPOD is just an excuse to use ITUNES STORE. Mac makes all their money selling u ur music again. U can’t use ur .wmp or .wma files on a IPOD. Thye want u to use proprietary quicktime formats intead of open-source WMP.
    10. Nice big screen to watch FUDcasts on.

    </intentionally sarcastic imitation of non-Mac people)

  2. wait a sec…. i thought the pics we’ve been seging floating around had a different colored “wheelie-thingie”???

    honestly…. i don’t exactly know what’s real or fake any longer. MDN has posted so much stuff about it… i think it may be Microsoft Daily News.

    i hate Zune and am tired of hearing about it.

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