Zune 2.0 Details

A writer over at Zune Scene says he got the drop on a Microsoft employee working in the Zune department, and once he found out he worked on the Zune, he started pumping him for information. The latest version of the Zune will have a bigger hard drive, but it will be thinner, he also told him about the smaller, flash based player, like the iPod Shuffle, it will be 3 inches by 1 1/4 inches by 1 1/4 inches, will be video capable, with the screen covering about 755 of the front, and it will have wifi!

Zune 2.0 and a smaller flash based Zune will be sold this year. He would not tell me the marketing names but referred to them as the big one and little one. The hard drive version looks like the generation 1 Zune, but is thinner. It has a larger hard drive and still uses the double shot. The flash based player he said is about “3 by 1 1/4 by 1/4 inches” in size. It is video capable and he said the screen covers about 75% of the front, similar to the hard drive Zune. The flash player has WiFi and also uses a double shot. We discussed colors, he said there were several but did not disclose them. He had some interesting points about the clamshells saying that they can’t be opened easily like the current Zune. Both devices have completed the design phase, although some last minute minor tweaks to the hardware will occur. When I asked about memory capacity he said “you have to beat the competition you know” he also said the flash memory fills the smaller device from top to bottom. Surprisingly he gave some hard numbers: 2.4 million next gen Zunes will be fabricated prior the 2007 holiday season. About 2/3 of them are the smaller flash units. ” A new building is currently under construction in Dao Min China, next to the one that makes the XBOX 360″ he said. In Zune Scene’s opinion, based on that statement, it appears the Zune 2.0 will not be another Toshiba Gigabeat based device. Source: Zune 2.0 and Flash Zune Details Leaked

Pretty cool, wonder if the Microsoft employee has read the blog yet?