Zunes Everywhere Froze At 2am This Morning

If you’re Steve Jobs, you probably dream of stories like this: Zunes all over the world froze up at around 2am this morning and won’t reboot, and nobody knows why.

ArsTechnica says it seems to have affected all owners of the 30 gig model, and hit no matter what you were doing at the moment:

“i was on the computer my zune was hooked up charging all of the sudden it reset it self and froze on the zune loading logo screen !!!” said ISUZU RODEO on the Zune.net forums. “Same thing just happened to me!” replied momogirl. “Except mine wasn’t hooked up to the computer, I was playing music and all of sudden the music stopped and it shut off. I turned the Zune back on and it loaded to 100% but then froze and none of the reset combinations are working.”

Microsoft has been embarrassingly slow to respond to the story, but according to MSNBC they’ve now released the following statement:

“Customers with 30gb Zune devices may experience issues when booting their Zune hardware. We’re aware of the problem and are working to correct it. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for your patience!”

We assume by “your patience” they mean “your many, many class action lawsuits.”

We were going to make some pointless Skynet jokes, but the funny has already been exhaustively covered on Gizmodo’s board as well as Zune’s own forums (which are now offline for “maintenance”—maybe they were hosted on a Zune). We have a feeling that Shatner Zune pic, courtesy of Gizmodo reader Bill Bradski, is going to stick around for a while, though.

(Photo: Bill Bradski or Brasky, Gizmodo isn’t sure) [Update: I didn't get that "Brasky" was an SNL reference, my apologies. - CW]