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Microsoft Zune 120GB already on Amazon


Two days before Microsoft is expected to formally announce it, the new Zune 120GB digital media player first outed by the FCC last month is now up for the taking at Amazonir?t=pocketables 20&l=ur2&o=1 - for some reason we don't have an alt tag here. The premature listing, which was put up today, comes just three days after it was accidentally sold to a customer at Fry’s Electronics in Atlanta, GA. This doesn’t make the new Zune the worst kept secret in portable gadget history, but it sure does let the air out of the announcement. If the player is to be unveiled in front of a live audience, then expect some yawns and "tell us something we don’t know" snickers.

That aside, I had actually been thinking about replacing my 30GB Creative Zen Vision:M with the Zune 120GB. I like to keep a HDD-based DAP among my flash-dominant collection but ultimately decided against the Zune after learning that the Archos 5 is HSDPA-ready. The Archos comes in 120GB/250GB capacities and has a web browser powered by Opera and the new ARM Cortex CPU, so I’d rather have that (even though sound quality is probably not as good). Amazon is showing a "usually ships in 3 to 6 weeks" delivery date on the Internet Media Tablet, though, which is why I thought about Microsoft’s offering again (I’m reassessing my gear this morning for an upcoming trip).

Since Amazon has been known to leak unannounced products in the past, I figured it was worth checking to see if the Zune was there.


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And it was!


Of the eight vendors listed on the product page, seven of them show the player in stock with expedited shipping available. Ironically, the only retailer that describes the device as "temporarily out of stock" is!

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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4 thoughts on “Microsoft Zune 120GB already on Amazon

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    I also have a Zen vision M which I was very happy with over the past few years, no problems at all!! Unfortunately I dropped it down a flight of stairs about two days agao and I lost half the music on it and it won’t connect to my computer anymore ;__; *sigh* So I am looking for a new MP3 play and have decided on the Zune (I am waiting for it to get here :D) I did research and looked at the ACHROS you mentione but apparently the battery life on it is only 2 hours and there are a bunch of bugs… So as great as it sounds apparently it is not if you want it to listen to music rather than for watching movies…

  • Battery life for the Archos 5 is as follows:

    12 hours for audio
    4 hours for video
    3 hours for internet

    Music playback time definitely pales in comparison with the new Zune, but it’s much better than what you’ve read.


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