There has been no Official Release Date for Microsoft Zune players but it appears to many that the actual release date will be before November 14th. Some think Zune may be released as soon as October. Whenever it is released the Zune Shop is ready to ship Zunes. You can pre-order Zune players from the Zune Shop through our partnerships with Amazon and Walmart. Take your pick from either and buy a Zune from ZuneMAX.com. Doing so entitles you to a chance to get a $100 rebate on your Zune player.
From Endgadget: "Our Zune tipsters tell us that the Microsoft Zune is going to be launched the week before Thanksgiving this November."
An early November release date makes perfect sense. The holiday shopping season traditionally takes off just after Thanksgiving. We should expect to see a heavy marketing campaing in August and September with Mass market channels getting first crack on sales. So hopefully you can buy a Zune for the holidays right around Thanksgiving.