Zune flounders on firmware update

Zune flounders on firmware update

Zune users who were waiting for a important firmware update from Microsoft were disappointed when the company didn't deliver on schedule.

Microsoft had said it would release an update on March 20 to correct a problem that caused songs purchased on the Zune Marketplace to skip when users would first play them, according to the blog. Users also reported having problems synching their Zunes with their PCs and were hoping the update will correct this, too.

Cesar Menendez, a member of the Zune marketing team at Microsoft who writes the Zune Insider blog, reported on Wednesday that the Zune engineering team is still working on the update but does not have a specific date for when it will be released.

"So there, you have it, dear blog reader," he wrote, after posting the information he received from Microsoft employees responsible for Zune firmware. The update will be available "soon."

Microsoft released Zune and the Zune Marketplace in November 2006 to compete with Apple's iPod devices and iTunes online music service. So far, analysts have reported that Zune has not substantially affected iPod market share.

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