Microsoft Zune obviously afflicted by hardware problems
We already reported that the 30 GByte version of Microsoft's MP3 player Zune caused problems on New Year's Eve. Now further details became public.
Whoever owns the 30 GByte version of Microsoft's MP3 player Zune has had a serious problem since New Year's Eve. Microsoft did not consider that February 2008 had an additional day.
In the meantime Microsoft has delivered an instruction how to handle the leap year bug. The users should let the device's battery run out of power. Then the 30 GB Zune should work again after recharging. A firmware update will be provided before the next leap year 2012 at the latest.
As reported by Heise there is a plausible explanation for the Zune's leap year bug. The 30 GByte Zune has a special Freescale processor inside which is also used in Toshiba players. And the Toshiba MP3 players have the same problems as the Zune pendants.
According to Microsoft all Zune players with flash memory or bigger storage capacity than 30 Gigabyte can cope with leap years. Up to now the Zune MP3 players are only available in the USA.