So on Dec 31, I got to work, hooked up my Zune and was ready to listen to some fine podcast/music, when I noticed the loading screen was not going away. After searching all over the place I realized many other Zune 30 owners were having similar problems. After awhile, I found out that Zuneaggedon was upon the entire population of Zune 30 owners (all 5 of us, right?!) and our Zunes were bricked, or seemingly so. Finally I receive update that the Zune will arise from the dead, without doing anything, after seemingly hanging itself over a measly leap second. Well I’m glad to say Microsoft responded well, but didn’t show a great standard of software development (especially after events like Y2K). I now have mixed feeling about the Zune, though I think I shall get the Zune Pass Buy 10 deal for a while and then decide whether to stick with what I previously viewed the superior music/audio listening platform.
The Zune team was very quick to respond, and gave some relief that they were at least looking into the problem, and official came out with the solution of waiting for Jan 1, 2009 to roll around (Patience is a virtue I guess).
Zune Team’s official update
Some great commentary about this fine New Years Event can be read on a TechFlash article