Poor old Zune, it's come in for some stick because apparently Microsoft have played their cards close to their chest and not supported it officially with their latest Vista OS. Thankfully there are software tweakers out there like Andre de Cavaignac, who - with some judicious molesting of the MSI tables - has managed to get his brand new Zune to sync with the Zune marketplace running on Vista.
Obviously anybody trying this does so at their own risk; for the less-adventurous, just take comfort in the fact that it won't take much more than a minor patch update for Microsoft to enable Zune on their new OS.
Our man Vincent Nguyen is waiting with moist palms and wide eyes to spend some one-on-one time with Microsoft's Zune DAP in LA today, and as ever is fully equipped with camera and camcorder. I know what I want to see - that praised UI in action, just how easy the controls are to use - but it's time to throw open the floor to you, the reader, as well. What do you want to know about Zune? What would you like us to ask the Microsoft minders who'll accompany it? What haven't you seen so far in existing galleries, that you'd like us to feature?
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that the guys at Microsoft 10 have got their hands on a Zune, but two of them?! I'm shocked and appalled at this blatant favouritism, and you can be sure that as soon as I've finished watching their video of the music-playing marvels transferring songs between themselves I'll be writing a letter to the Pope in complaint.
Seriously, though, this is a make or break one for the bods over at Microsoft. Wireless could be the must-have PMP feature with Zune riding the crest, but if they lock it down tighter than the underpants of a particularly devout nun then they run the risk of other, more moderate companies stealing their thunder. I mean, watch their video and tell me it's not a cool feature!
After Apple shaved its iPods pricing, Microsoft does not want to be undercut by it. Today Microsoft has announced the pricing for Zune and the retail availability date. Zune will be available on the 14th of November and priced at $249.99. Zune pass, a subscription service for Zune will cost $14.99/month. Microsoft also announced the pricing for accessories for Zune ranging from $19.99 to $99.99.
Well here you have them, images of the Zune in the wild. These spies risked their lives to take these images for our viewing pleasure. Sure they’re not the best quality, but do we care? Absolutely not. As blurry as the shot with the wireless setting is, it’s a gem. In the past four years, I’ve yet to see or hope to see an iPod with that menu item. Nor is there built-in radio receiver on the iPod. The last picture is the most interesting of all, revealing a docking port of some sort. So you can bet on lots of Zune accessories to come.
A little bird told us that Microsoft is going to announce Zune tomorrow. We will have something concrete by 11:00 AM tomorrow morning. Until then, we’ll just have to see if this rumor will really materialized and we will keep digging for the truth to the rumor.
The first ever image was just leaked minutes ago, and now more exclusive Zune info as promised by Gizmodo! Lets dive in and get to the gut of the Zune. The scroll wheel isn’t a wheel at all. They’re just four buttons arranged in a wheel formation. Boo! This is a big drawback for iPod users. Then again, Microsoft doesn’t want Steve accusing them of being copycats. Similar to the scroll wheel, the scrolling speed increases if you hold the button down longer. There’s even a large letter that appears in the corner corresponding to the letter of the current song when browsing through the list.
On the back, there’s a grip so you can comfortably hold the player when watching video in landscape mode. There’s also a magnet of some sort on the back of the Zune for headsets to attach to – nice touch. The other functions of the magnet can be used for docking or attaching a case to it. This is still being hashed out. There’s an iPod-like dock connector at the bottom of the unit, while the case itself is plastic and semi-transparent. Continue Reading
Thanks to our compatriots over at the Gizmodo, we have some new details on Microsoft's upcoming Zune media player, including what to expect and which details are really just fantasy. As you know by now (and if you don't, come out from underneath that rock of yours), Microsoft's Zune media player is looking to take the iPod head-on for music/video player supremacy. Unlike other competitors that are trying to go head-to-head with the same feature set as the iPod, Microsoft is taking their player in a completely different direction, trying to outmaneuver the iPod with features lacking from Apple's players.
Microsoft’s Zune hardware met with an ill-fate, but the software ecosystem has managed to coexist happily with other such services thanks to the unlimited music plan paired with the ability to keep 10 DRM free songs per month. The Verge reports that Microsoft is set to revamp the Zune service, unveiling the replacement at E3 2012.