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April 11, 2007 at 10:45 AM

Zune 2.0 details leaked?

So the editor of the Zune Scene blog just happens to randomly run into a Microsoft employee who works on Zune. Said editor gets said employee to spill the beans about the next version of Zune.

If you believe all that, then you might take the following Zune 2.0 tidbits with a grain of truth. I’ve heard enough Zune rumors to take all this with a grain of salt. It’s hard to imagine a Microsoft employee walking around ready to unload secrets to anyone who asks. If that’s the case, I’d like an introduction. Anyway, here’s some of the gossip about the new Zune that’s got tech bloggers hot and bothered today:

— Later this year, Microsoft will come out with two new Zunes: One will be a thinner version of the hard-drive equipped Zune and the other one will be a small version with a flash drive.

— The flash-based player is about 3 inches wide and 1 inch tall. It is video capable and the screen covers about 75 percent of the front.

— Microsoft will make 2.4 million of these new Zunes for the 2007 holiday season. About two-thirds of them are the smaller flash units. The Zunes will be made in a new building under construction in China, next to the one that makes the Xbox 360.

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