A while ago I dropped my Zune flat on its face and fixed it myself with some parts from RapidRepair.com. Unfortunately, it seems that Rapid Repair’s replacement “glass” wasn’t glass at all but rather some cheap plastic that broke while the Zune was in my pocket with my cell phone.
I had already spent a bunch of money fixing my Zune the first time, so I wasn’t too eager to spend more money. Since the original accident Microsoft began offering a repair service for broken glass and screens… for $80. I opted for a cheaper solution in every sense of the word. Instead of replacing the front glass, I decided to remove the broken pieces and simply put the Zune in a clear plastic case. I clicked around Amazon.com and found the a cheap clear case for $3.27. (As of today, the price is $3.10.) The whole deal as $6.25 with shipping.
The first step in the repair was to remove the broken pieces from in front of the LCD screen. I began to take apart the Zune, but then I thought I might be able to pick off the pieces with a small pick—I used the flathead screwdriver that came with my Rapid Repair kit. The process was oddly reminiscent of pealing a hard-boiled egg. Note that I was only able to peal away the glass because it was the cheap Rapid Repair stuff. The glass that comes on Zunes is much stronger and stays in one piece even after it cracks.
As for the case itself, the only problem that it seems to have is that it makes the hold switch inaccessible without something like a toothpick or paperclip. The case does come with the necessary parts to clip the Zune to a belt, so it might not be a big deal if I decide to do that.
I almost decided to ditch this Zune, an 8GB model, for a larger 16GB model, but I hear a new model, the Zune HD, is coming out later this year. I’ll be paying close attention to that as well!