Don’t have enough fun on your hands? Want to play a game that will consume your days? Try this one on for size: walk in to any electronics store in the United States and try to buy the second generation, 80 Gb Zune. It sounds easy enough – the new Zune was released on November 13 – but as anyone who has tried can attest, it’s practically Microsoft’s impossible mission for ’07.
As a Canadian, my hunt for the brand new Zune is even more annoying because I can’t just order it online. Amazon.com and all of the other online retailers don’t ship to Canada, and as I’ve said before, I refuse to settle for one of the smaller Zunes or the dreaded iPod.
In talking to a Canadian PR rep. for Microsoft I also don’t have any info about when, or if, the device might come here. It’s one of those wait-and-see situations that I’m not patient enough to wait on.
The only odd development is that Microsoft said over 10 days ago that we’d see new shipments in stores by now, but a close source (i.e. my girlfriend, Aisha) was in New York and couldn’t find any over the last few days and was even told by the Virgin store in Times Square that they have a memo forbidding them to sell the units in their stock room until December 1.
Whatever is going on, it’s annoying. Microsoft shouldn’t have even debutted the model until they had enough to ship. If they had been really smart they also would have debutted even a mini-Zune in Canada by now – they obviously have enough supply of those.
I’m still dying to get my hands on one, but at this point I think I may have to resort to eBay, much as it pains me. They seem to have a number of the 80 Gig models for sale, and at this point, I’m tired of waiting.
There are alternatives though. The Archos 605 and the Creative Zen Vision W are both pretty decently priced. Maybe it’s about time to just give up on the Zune wait… I’ll keep you updated.