Engadget has posted some details about the Zune 2. The new Zune sounds interesting, I’m not sure if it will be very successful, probably better then the original Zune but the Zune 2 won’t be quite as popular as the iPod is.
So let’s get into some of the details, October 16th is the launch date and there will be two models, a flash based Zune (at least code named) the Draco, and a hard drive based Zune (at least code named) the Scorpio.
Draco will come in pink, red, black, and army green with 4GB and 8GB capacities.
The Scorpio will have 80GB of hard drive capacity and is said to have an “awesome screen” for video.
The funny thing about these players is that they will feature a “Squircle” which will be used “for navigation, which won’t have a center button but can be pushed, From any side,” I don’t know exactly what that means but it doesn’t sound that great.
Microsoft sure is stubborn. I guess I’m not surprised they haven’t abandoned the Zune.
Anyway, there are a couple reasons that the Zune still won’t be a success.
The first is the way they handle music and how you can share the music a few times only.
The second and main reason is clearly Apple’s marketing, and the simplicity of using it. My grandma wouldn’t have problems figuring out how to use iTunes or an iPod, but the Zune went the features route and requires someone that is very technology savvy to use.