These new Zunes will come in three different capacities - the 4GB model will retail for $149.99, the 8GB model will hit your pockets for $199.99 while the 80GB monstrosity will take a $249.99 bite out of your wallet/credit card. That’s still half the total capacity of Apple’s 160GB iPod Classic, but it is still a massive improvement over the previous 30GB offering from Microsoft. The new 80GB Zune 2.0 comes with a much larger display that the 80GB iPod Classic, and features an integrated FM radio, wireless player-to-player sharing, WiFi syncing with your computer as well as a rear panel that can be customized with really cool artwork to make you stand out from the crowd.
In addition, engineering enhancements include a much slimmer body that makes the Zune a whole lot nicer to hold, a rounded touch-sensitive control, support for MP3, WMA, WMA lossless, PlaysForSure, and its own proprietary format for Zune Pass subscriptions. I must say in theory the new Zunes make for a pretty good competitor against Apple’s line of iPods, and Microsoft has surely learnt from its past mistakes - thankfully they have the money and time to do so, so it would be interesting to see whether the MP3 player market will be fragmented further in Zune’s favor this time round. For those who still want the first 30GB Zune that was released last year, its $249 price tag has been reduced to $199, complete with upgraded firmware.