Cesar on the Zune team says his crew's wrapped up its battery life tests on the new Zunes 80, 8, and 4, and the results are somewhat disappointing, even compared to what was previously posted on Amazon:

Zune 80
  • Audio: up to 30 hours
  • Video: up to 4 hours
Zune 8 and 4
  • Audio: up to 24 hours
  • Video: up to 4 hours
Not, it's not that terrible, but these tests were with wireless disabled (which isn't necessarily the most realistic method of testing), using 128Kbps WMA audio and 500Kbps WMV video. In other words, it's liable those numbers could go down even further when playing higher bitrate and/or non-Microsoft format files with wireless on and dormant most of the time. Bummer. We'll definitely let you know when we get ours and put it to the test.

[Thanks, Shawn and Daniel]

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Zune crew wraps battery life tests, only does 4 hours video