Zune Flash Player in the Urban Jungle

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Zunerama community member, ed, claims to have already purchased a new Zune flash player, days before the expected official release. Apparently, the player was acquired from an Office Depot in St. Louis. (Again, if any of you could somehow manage to get one to us before the launch, we'll cough up for them). Ed has not had much fun time with his new player, as the device will not function without an impending firmware release! Check out the blurry gallery below:

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Illustration for article titled Zune Flash Player in the Urban Jungle
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Illustration for article titled Zune Flash Player in the Urban Jungle
Illustration for article titled Zune Flash Player in the Urban Jungle

Our man with the spanking flash player had the cheek to call Microsoft and demand what the deal was. They told him the firmware will be released on Tuesday, until then he was told to be patient, as for now he's holding "a bit of the future." Holding a bit of the future could well be dangerous, as we all know from Marty's shenanigans when he purchased that book in the future and brought it back to the present, thus enabling him to make a killing on sports bets—but it went pear shaped, didn't it Marty? Yes, yes it did. Respect the future, people. [Zunerama]

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Looks like Microsoft really wanted Tuesday to be the first day anyone can play with their new toys. On one hand I want to say good for them for essentially "bricking" their new hardware until a firmware update is retrieved. At least this way they should be able to semi-accurately measure how many of the devices are being used after purchase since they have to "phone home."

On the other hand, consumers just dropped a pretty penny on the device, albeit a few days early, and should be able to use it out of the box. I can't imagine how many false returns stores may get just because there's an underlying problem with the host PC (bad USB, anyone?) and not the device itself. Ooh, or maybe this is a plot by Woot to become Microsoft's refurb channel for the Zune 2's! :-)