Microsoft is shooting to release its new Zunes on November 13.
When the company announced the launch of the second-generation Zunes on Tuesday, it said only that they would arrive in stores sometime in mid November. But gadget blog Gizmodo discovered that Amazon.com is taking preorders for the 4GB, 8GB and 80GB digital music players and listed November 13 as the release date.
This is what I found when I tried to preorder a new Zune: "Availability: This item will be released on November 13, 2007. Pre-order now! Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available."
An Amazon customer service rep told me delays are common when dealing with new product launches and that he couldn't guarantee Amazon would have Zunes on that date. But he added that the November 13 date was given to the retailer by Microsoft.
A Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed this afternoon that the company will indeed launch on that day.
Not a huge deal, but it illustrates how hard is to keep something secret from the geek crowd.