Turns out, there was a reason everyone’s 30GB Zune turned into a brick on the 31st of December:

The technical team jumped on the problem immediately and isolated the issue: a bug in the internal clock driver related to the way the device handles a leap year. The issue should be resolved over the next 24 hours as the time change moves to January 1, 2009. 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.

The Apple iPod, which synchronizes to the Bajoran year, was not affected by this issue.


  1. Dan B »

    1 January 2009 · 6:53 pm

    (from the Zune forum posting): Will you update the firmware before the next leap year (2012)?

    Yeah, like M$ was supposed to fix Excel way back when. Someone at Macro$haft really doesn’t seem to understand the simple concept of a Leap Day. For more info, see The Register from last March.

  2. Lisa Paul »

    1 January 2009 · 6:58 pm

    It was funny to scan Twitter today and see all the people freaking out as their Zunes crashed and burned. Glad I’m an Apple Addict. Steven Jobs seems to have been way ahead of his time with Leap Years. He understands Daylight Savings Time, too.

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