If you haven’t checked the Tech news sites and well, by now, any major media website then you may not know about the global pandemic strikiing ill into the heeart of every 30GB Zune Microsoft has ever sold.
I follow this story closely because I own a suddenly frozen (aka “bricked”) 30GB Zune.
Apparently, at 12:00AM PDT, all 30 GB Zunes on the planet spontaneously rebooted and hung at the 100% loading mark, mere bits from successfully completing the boot up. The hard reset button doesn’t work. The whole thing is frozen.
You can temporarily fix this issue by cracking open the case and disconnecting and reconnecting the battery. I did this only to have my Zune freeze up when I decided to try and dock it with my PC.
I think MS is screwed in trying to make an easy fix for this. I don’t think that they can recommend that everyone disconnect their battery then install a new firmware. I think their only recourse is to offer replacements which will cost lots of dollars. Most likely, they will offer a rebate on a newer model. The downside to the rebate is that many people will just buy an iPod instead, thus causing a good sized blow to their attempts to take market share from Apple.
There is the odd chance that at midnight PST on 1/1/2009 that the thing will magically repair itself. I doubt it.
I bought the 30GB model becaause I figured it is probbably cheaper to do it that way and then, later, buy a larger replacement hard drive. The cost of the larger drive would be less than buying the larger unit out of the gate. Little did I know that this freeze up would happen. However, if they offer a sizable rebate on buying the 120GB model, I may have lucked into the exact cheaper solutiion I was looking for (well, ideally I would replace the drive with a 300GB drive…)