Microsoft has revealed the limited edition Joy Division-themed 80GB Zune which will be available on June 17. Only 500 pieces will be sold through the Zune Originals web portal with a retail price of $399.
The special Zune comes in honor of the DVD release of Joy Division, the anticipated documentary chronicling the life of the influential Brit band, which comes preloaded in the player. The Zune was designed by Factory Records legend Peter Saville and uses an adaptation of Saville's artwork for Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album.
Chris Stephenson, GM Global Marketing, Zune, told SPIN.com, "Zune's involvement with the Joy Division documentary is a way of saying 'Thank You' to the band for doing what they did, and is not only a tribute to them but to an entire musical journey through Factory Records and the artists and movements it spawned. It's a tribute to deep respect for graphic design that lives on through artists like Peter Saville, and to independent film-makers that believe in more than just commercial success. Ultimately it's a tribute to the self-belief and self-expression that inspires true authentic art."
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