Z2K: Microsoft Zunes temporarily bricked
Ya can’t make stuff like this up. From Ginny Mies at PC World:
Picture this: You’re gearing up to create a killer playlist on your 30GB Zune for your annual New Year’s bash. All of a sudden, your Zune locks up, reboots itself, and freezes. What the heck is going on?
Later in the day, Microsoft finally figured it out. While writing some of the driver software, the world’s biggest software company had forgotten to compensate for leap years.
The solution? Wait 24 hours until Jan. 1.
As Joseph Flatley says on Engadget, let’s hope they get it right by 2012.
But wait, there’s more:
Even then, there may be a pesky digital-rights-management issue.
"If you’re a Zune Pass subscriber," the posting continues, "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 Microsoft posting promised a fix by the end of the next leap year in December 2012.
Looks like they’re on top of it.
Happy software quality/DRM new year!