Owners of Microsoft's 30GB Zune player will be counting down to midnight tonight - not to ring in a new year but to see if their Zunes will miraculously start working again. Apparently, some sort of glitch prompted the internal clocks in the 30GB (only) Zunes to freak out and lock up the machine because they couldn't handle the extra day in the leap year. (Techmeme)
Microsoft's quick solution to the problem: Wait until tomorrow and all will be well again. (Or at least until 2012). Microsoft attempts to answer customer questions in a Q&A but I've got to highlight my favorite answer:
Q: What is Zune doing to fix this issue? The issue should resolve itself.
Translation: We're not doing anything to fix it, which is probably OK because - knowing Microsoft - it would probably just issue a patch sometime in the second quarter of next year anyway. And why fix it? Hopefully all of the Zune owners out there will upgrade to a different music player by the next leap year in 2012 - like an iPod. I haven't heard of any leap year issues with those.