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Finally, someone talking sense about Zune WiFi

Finally, someone talking sense about Zune WiFi

If you've been following the ups and downs of Microsoft's WiFi-enabled Zune PMP then you might be as jaded with the whole thing as I am.  So far, Microsoft seem to be determined to lock-down tracks with a three-plays-and-you're-out DRM model that pretty much takes everyone's current concept of music sharing and spanks it into crapness. 

The Zune team could do far, far worse than to read Jim Thompson's column over at TechBlog.  He outlines a system where, rather than users actively sending individual files between their friends, the Zune instead becomes both a mobile music server and a new-sounds "hunter gatherer".  Zune owners establish a list of their own personal shares - still within the Microsoft DRM, of course - and the availability of these is broadcast wherever there is another Zune in range.  Got a spare moment?  Whip out your Zune and see if there's anyone sharing anything you like the sound of.  Or alternatively, set your Zune to "gather" and get home each day with a sackful of new music to tempt you, that the PMP has downloaded automatically.

I agree with Jim, now that could actually turn the chubby PMP into an iPod-killer.

How should Zune sharing work? [TechBlog]

Microsoft Zune 3.0 software released: free McDonald’s WiFi

Microsoft Zune 3.0 software released: free McDonald’s WiFi

Microsoft has released the Zune v3.0 software for its PMP, updating all of its media devices with the ability to automatically recognize tracks from the radio and download them via WiFi, view recommendations from Zune music staff, and listen to "channels" and "collections" of regularly updated, themed audio.  Zune owners with a taste for fast food will also get free WiFi access when at more than 9,800 McDonalds outlets, thanks to a deal with network provider Wayport.

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Microsoft Zune 16GB and 120GB confirmed; WiFi downloads supported

Microsoft Zune 16GB and 120GB confirmed; WiFi downloads supported

Microsoft have come clean about their Zune PMP refresh, after details of the blue 8GB flash-based version was accidentally pre-announced on Fry's website.  As expected, both the flash and HDD based Zunes will get more capacity, with a 16GB version of the former and a 120GB version of the latter. 

However significant changes have also been made to the software, with the most interesting being the ability to use the PMP's built-in WiFi to download new tracks.  While the Zune had WiFi before it was added to the iPod range, Apple brought their mobile iTunes download store to users first.

Zunes old & new get fresh firmware November 13th: WiFi sync and mobile downloads

Zunes old & new get fresh firmware November 13th: WiFi sync and mobile downloads

While I don't think I'd actually buy a Zune, I do admire how Microsoft has committed to making the latest firmware for its Zune 2 PMP available for first-gen hardware too.  Come November 13th those who took the non-iPod route in favour of Seattle's finest will be able to install the new software, giving wireless synchronization and on-device access to the Zune Marketplace as well as the Online Community.

 

Zune hacked again: Mass Storage via WiFi

Zune hacked again: Mass Storage via WiFi

One of the reasons I often see people giving in their feeble justifications for treating themselves to a new iPod (come on, admit it, you're just in lust) is that they can use it as an external hard-drive to transfer files.  Up until now Microsoft has prevented potential Zune owners from using that same excuse, as their DAP doesn't show up as a drag-and-drop drive.  Thankfully, where a manufacturer bows out, the hackers step in - hence we have this step by step guide to setting up your PC to use the Zune as an external drive that connects either by USB or WiFi.

To do so you have to tweak some of the settings in your computer's registry, and as they're careful to point out modifying it incorrectly can lead to your PC playing the old doorstop game.  You should definitely back at least the registry up (and preferably the whole PC) before you try.  Unfortunately, for anyone wondering if they'll be able to bypass the DRM on music files using this method, the answer is no.  Still, it could be a useful addition to the Zune's repertoire.

Zune Mass Storage Mod [Zune Scene; thanks to Nate for the tip]

Nokia Lumia update to bring WiFi hotspot support

Nokia Lumia update to bring WiFi hotspot support

Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone handsets will soon be updated to support tethering, according to the FAQ section of the Nokia Connects website. This means that a Nokia Lumia phone can act as a mobile WiFi hotspot through which your other devices can connect to the internet. Although the new feature is confirmed, Nokia has yet to reveal when that update might arrive.

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Zune HD not dead after all claims Microsoft

Zune HD not dead after all claims Microsoft

Microsoft has apparently flip-flopped on the Zune HD again, resurrecting its PMP hardware from the dead and claiming axing the media player lineup was never its intent. After first squashing rumors that the Zune hardware line had been killed, then promptly admitting that the Zune HD was, indeed, dead, Microsoft's support team now insists that "no official info has been released stating hardware is being discontinued."

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Microsoft Zune HD finally gets Twitter app [Updated]

Microsoft Zune HD finally gets Twitter app [Updated]

Right from the start, most of the talk regarding the Zune HD's unveiling circled around whether or not the future of the Zune line-up would include applications. Would there be an application store, akin to its greatest rival? There wasn't much surprise when Microsoft finally admitted that there would indeed be apps, and even less surprise from the fact that Facebook and Twitter were mentioned in there as well. It took a few months, but we have finally got Twitter on our Tegra-powered device.

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Zune HD getting colorful update December 1st

Zune HD getting colorful update December 1st

Up until now the colorful part of the Zune HD has been its striking OLED display; if you wanted any color in your Microsoft PMP then you'd have to resort to a third-party skin or case.  That's set to change tomorrow, however, according to the official Zune store, which has tipped three new colors - Magenta, Red and Purple - as arriving on December 1st.

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