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Microsoft rolls out Zune Pass affiliate program

Microsoft rolls out Zune Pass affiliate program

Depending on whom you talk to and how you think, affiliate links are either a good way for websites to pay the bills or the sign that a website has sold out to the man. Knowing how much it costs to pay geeks to write for a site and how much it costs to host a website I certainly understand the need for ads and affiliate links.

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Zune & Zune Pass could see Apple compatibility; WinMo phones next

Zune & Zune Pass could see Apple compatibility; WinMo phones next

One of our key criticisms of the Zune HD was that Microsoft don't offer a version of their desktop management software for Mac, thus giving Apple users another good reason to stick with the iPod.  That might change, though, says Mary-Jo Foley, who has been talking to Microsoft's director of communications for the TV, Video and Music Business, Jose Pinero.  According to Pinero, Microsoft are considering porting the Zune software and services to various non-Windows platforms, one of which would be OS X.

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Microsoft pick ad agency for Pink phone

Microsoft pick ad agency for Pink phone

According to AdWeek, Microsoft have awarded the marketing contract for its upcoming Pink phone to McCann Erikson, the company also responsible for its Windows Mobile advertising.  While Microsoft themselves continue to deny that they have their own cellphone in the works, the news - which neither they nor McCann would comment on - lends further weight to the ongoing rumors.

Zune HD gets hands-on

Zune HD gets hands-on

Gizmodo got their hands on Microsoft's answer to the iPod Touch: the Zune HD. So far, they've only had a few minutes to play with the device, but their impressions are favorable. Giz claims that the UI is nicer than the iPod Touch (and the iPhone) and the overall design and "beauty" of the device is much nicer than that iPod Touch.

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Zune HD Announced Today

Zune HD Announced Today

Those mock up photos leaked earlier in the month turned out to be the real deal. Microsoft announced the Zune HD today. The device is meant to compete with Apple's iPod Touch. The HD comes from the device's support of HD Radio and 720P HD video (through the optional docking station) and will feature a 3.3" 16:9 multi-touch OLED display. This makes it the first portable media player to include HD radio, giving it a higher quality sound than standard definition radio.

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