User's of the 30gb Zune mp3 player were left with 24 hours of silence on New Year's Eve as the device crashed when faced with a year lasting 366 days.
The glitch passes once the device is recativated this side of New Year's Ever but it is highly embarressing for Microsoft as they seek to place the Zune in direct competition with the iPod. In total Microsoft have sold over 2 million of the devices although the version affected by this Leap Year glitch was not sold extensively due to being replaced with higher capacity versions.
According to a post on the Zune's technical support webpage : "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."
Whilst there will be no long term effects from the problem it is a very amateurish and very public slip-up leading to articles entitled "New Year's Eve: The Day the Zune Stood Still" and "New Year's hangover for Zune users".
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