From the Zunerama blog:
Zune could launch in Europe before the end of 2007, according to a Washington Post story
that ran this weekend.
The Post quotes Microsoft's marketing director Jason Reindorp as saying that Microsoft wasn't ready to officially announce a launch date, but that it could be out before year's end.
Reindorp noted the importance of the Christmas holiday season in launch cycles, and said that Microsoft's "next round of introductions will probably be in time for the holiday of this year."
We already have several forum members from the United Kingdom, who jumped through hoops to acquire Zune players and get them shipped overseas. They're able to use the Zune software to rip CDs and load their Zunes with content, and can play back music, photos, videos, and FM.
So what will they gain when Zune launches in Europe?
- They'll be able to open Zune Marketplace accounts - which presently require a credit card with a U.S. address
- Zune Technical Support for overseas users should improve. Currently they're less-than-helpful with callers who are outside the official Zune launch zone.
- Microsoft is planning focus groups to determine how Zune can be modified for European consumers.