Microsoft elves confirm that the next generation Zune will probably hit stores this holiday season. Clickity-clack for all their Ho! Ho! Ho! as told to Whizbyte.
We have seen the rumors floating around, but we haven't announced specific dates or details for the next generation of the Zune devices or service. That said, Zune follows the cycle of the consumer electronics cycle so you can expect an update later this year prior to the holiday season.
There are three predictable paths along which we'll expand Zune:
Device family - adding in new sizes, styles and price points
Features - we'll move towards parity with iPod building in support for video, podcasting, etc and at the same time build on key differentiators such as the wireless feature, the FM tuner, etc.
They also said that the international launch is still unclear and they will release it in other countries "only when we can ensure an offering which is tailored to that market." [Whizbye via Slashdot]