The Curious Case Of Microsoft’s Zune Freeze

A funny thing happened on the way to 2009 last week. It seems that sometime during the early morning hours of New Year’s Eve, every Microsoft 30GB Zune device on the planet froze. The incident, has been dubbed “Z2K9,” a reference to the Y2K non-event of 2000, which occurred (or didn’t occur) nine years ago to the day.

According to Microsoft, the technical glitch was caused by a leap-year related incident and should have resolved itself later that day. Microsoft advised all owners of the 30GB Zune to let the battery fully drain then, after noon GMT on January 1, 2009, recharge the device by connecting the Zune to a computer or AC power.

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