The next generation Zune devices, software, and services have just been announced by J Allard and Bill Gates - check the official Zune site!
Some of the highlights which, IMHO, make this release really, really exciting:
The last item is by far the most important one for me personally, since it means that I can continue to use my current Zune device (which I love), and benefit from all the new features. This shows our commitment to early adopters, and emphasizes our idea of software as an enabler - it's the software that makes the difference, not just some fancy hardware features.
The new Zunes, and the firmware upgrade, will be available from mid-November. Can't wait to upgrade my Zune!
(No announcements have been made when Zune will be available outside of the U.S.)