Following the news that Microsoft managed to hit their one million summer target of Zunes sold, the rumours about Zune 2.0 are intensifying in the States.
Rumours suggest two new models, codenamed Scorpio and Draco, the first an 80GB top-of-the-range version and the second a more affordable flash-based device.
Whizbyte, a US blog, reports to have received confirmation from Microsoft that second gen devices will be coming soon, and further details about the features for those players.
The following is allegedly a direct quote from a Microsoft representative:
"We have seen the rumors floating around, but we haven’t announced specific dates or details for the next generation of the Zune devices or service."
"That said, Zune follows the cycle of the consumer electronics cycle so you can expect an update later this year prior to the holiday season."
"There are three predictable paths along which we’ll expand Zune:
* Device family – adding in new sizes, styles and price points
* Features – we’ll move towards parity with iPod building in support for video, podcasting, etc and at the same time build on key differentiators such as the wireless feature, the FM tuner, etc
* Geographic Markets – we’ll start to expand the international footprint of Zune over time but only when we can ensure an offering which is tailored to that market
And one thing about Zune that’s really great for consumers is that the device is future-proofed. Consumers can buy without fear of their device becoming obsolete."
"Zune’s software (firmware) can be updated so their device gets automatically updated with new features when the new software is launched."