Microsoft’s next-gen flash-based Zune to be iPod nano killer?

Apple Store“Core details about the next generation of the Zune have been leaked, according to a blogger who claims to have spoken with a member of the Microsoft Zune team. The source has allegedly revealed that the company is already finishing the design stage of a smaller Zune based on flash memory whose size and features would be consciously aimed at defeating today’s the iPod nano,” MacNN reports.

“The device would be just three inches tall and a quarter-inch thick with a screen that covers nearly 75 percent of the front face. It should also hold more flash memory than today’s 8GB flash players, with beating Apple and other rivals in terms of storage as an explicit goal,” MacNN reports.

“‘You have to beat the competition, you know,’ the Microsoft employee said,” MacNN reports.

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The amount that Microsoft just doesn’t get it is immeasurable.

A more realistic possibility: iPod nano’s killer will be next-gen Apple iPods based on iPhone’s iPod features, UI, and components.

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59 Comments

  1. So the existing zune will get smaller and therefore maybe more comparable to already old iPod? And the new model will target the nano by being smaller? wow, because those are the only reasons the iPod crushed the zune.

  2. “aimed at defeating today’s the iPod nano,”

    look past the terrible phrasing of this and they are right…it MAY defeat TODAY’S iPod, but that’s Microsoft’s main problem. They try to copy/defeat the stuff Apple ALREADY has out there. It’s a game of chess and Apple is 3 moves ahead of M$oft.

  3. “Microsoft’s next-gen flash-based Zune to be iPod nano killer?”

    What do they mean by ‘to be’ ?

    Like they are just gonna throw it out there and magically it isn’t going to suck and people will forget about their iPods?

    Somewhere Steve Ballmer is hiding in a dark closet with his fists clenched and eyes squinted shut repeating over and over ‘let it be so, let it be so, let it be so…’

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