Microsoft is blaming leap-year for the record global break down of 30GB Zune digital music players! In the early hours of New Year’s Eve, the 2006 model Zune 30GB devices started to freeze and got stuck on the loading screen. Every efforts to run the music player failed and users began to report the problems on a Microsoft message board. Now, Microsoft says that it was an internal clock driver that failed to read a leap year.
As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 2,500 comments had been posted on the official Microsoft’s Zune message board in response to an entry entitled “Help-frozen zune!!!!“
After the complaints, Microsoft issued a statement giving the credit to “a bug in the internal clock driver related to the way the device handles a leap year.” The statement also stated that the freezing issue should be resolved over the next 24 hours as the time change moves to January 1, 2009. The statement said:
We expect the internal clock on the Zune 30GB devices will automatically reset tomorrow (noon, GMT). By tomorrow you should allow the battery to fully run out of power before the unit can restart successfully then simply ensure that your device is recharged, then turn it back on. If you’re a Zune Pass subscriber, you may need to sync your device with your PC to refresh the rights to the subscription content you have downloaded to your device.
So, Zune 30GB was not ready for a leap year and the interanl clock failed to compensate for 2009 being a leap year! Now, the real question is how come this leap year thing remained unknown to Microsoft untill yesterday? Do they really test everything before releasing a product to the market? In our view, this incident will definitely harm Microsoft in the market of digital music player. What you say?