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Microsoft Zune HD 4.5 Update Coming Sooner Than Later, Updates Smart DJ and Adds Codecs

Microsoft Zune HD 4.5 Update Coming Sooner Than Later, Updates Smart DJ and Adds Codecs

Remember that promise from Microsoft at CES this year? They told us that they, for one, weren't going to forget the Zune HD (in as many words), and told us that a general update would be coming to address the company's Smart DJ feature, and add Xvid and AVI containers. Well, the update is finally coming in the next few weeks, and they are also including a special new feature that those of you with the Zune HD dock are going to enjoy.

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Microsoft Zune HD Buy-From-Radio Feature Target of Patent Suit

Microsoft Zune HD Buy-From-Radio Feature Target of Patent Suit

The ability to tag songs for a later purchase is one of the easiest, and most convenient ways to shop for songs that you may not have immediate access to. After all, the radio is still an avenue to learn about your favorite band's latest release, or to find new music in general. Microsoft has been tagging songs since late 2008, but it's a pretty big feature in the Zune HD's
catalogue.

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Microsoft tip Zune HD 64 for storage-hounds

Microsoft tip Zune HD 64 for storage-hounds

What's that you say, 32GB of Zune HD storage simply insufficient for your A/V needs?  Simmer down, Microsoft hear your plaintive, ear-splitting cries and it looks like they're responding in the most obvious way: with a Zune HD 64.

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Microsoft Zune HD2 Already in the Works, Could Come This Year

Microsoft Zune HD2 Already in the Works, Could Come This Year

There's a pretty distinct set of reasons why, for the most part, it's a good thing or a bad thing to be an early adopter of any piece of tech that comes out. On the one hand, you've got the latest and greatest gadget on the planet, and you can happily show it off to all your friends. On the other side of the coin, you're usually faced with software/hardware glitches of some kind, and then there's that impending feeling that sooner than later, your device will be obsolete. We're not saying that's happening here with the Zune HD, but if these rumors are true, we may have to strike our words.

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Microsoft Pure Pink phone caught in wild; firmware leak tips specs & more

Microsoft Pure Pink phone caught in wild; firmware leak tips specs & more

Hardly has the dust settled on the Microsoft Pink Verizon leak, when along come live - if blurry - shots of one of the handsets themselves.  You're looking at the device codenamed Pure, a touchscreen slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and - according to a leak of the firmware - a 480 x 320 display.  The firmware also confirms the Verizon launch, together with traces of of Zune, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! and Windows Live.

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Facebook app for Zune HD falls short on debut

Facebook app for Zune HD falls short on debut

Zune HD owners may have been given a nice treat yesterday with the newly released Facebook app, but the launch has been plagued with problems.  Microsoft has discovered a “technical issue with the application” and has partnered together with Facebook to identify the matter and provide a solution.

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Facebook app for Zune HD debuts

Facebook app for Zune HD debuts

We've just been informed that Microsoft has launched the Facebook app for its Zune HD platform, fulfilling a promise for many users who visit the social-networking site.  Facebook on Zune HD allows users to be constantly connected via the device’s built-in Wi-Fi, and allows status updates with personalized music with a simple touch.

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Why there is no Zune Phone

Why there is no Zune Phone

The big news out of Barcelona this week was Microsoft’s announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series, the heir to Windows Mobile and Microsoft’s platform of choice to evolve their mobile strategy. With a UI that's looks very familiar to users of the Zune HD, I think Microsoft has done an excellent job re-inventing their mobile strategy. It's clear they are no longer playing in this market, they're playing to win. It's also clear that this year will be a major inflection point for mobile and Microsoft has gotten off to a good start, much better than what we've heard so far this week. The key will be execution and delivery on the things they've shown us this week. You'd think that would be enough for most folks, but it's clearly not. It seems there are some out there that are still looking for more.

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Zune Pass software makes your music vanish?

Zune Pass software makes your music vanish?

From time to time, every music service software will happily see to it that some of your music vanishes because of digital rights issues and other legal matters.  As of late, Microsoft’s Zune Pass subscription service seems to make more and more music from collections evaporate into thin air with an alarmingly higher rate.

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Zune software tips Pink Pure and Turtle phone connection

Zune software tips Pink Pure and Turtle phone connection

Some detailed digging through the latest version of Zune software has turned up numerous references to what looks to be phone capability, along with some product codenames, leading to suggestions that the rumored Zune phone and the Project Pink handsets could in fact all be in the same family.  Zune Boards discovered not only the Zune HD but the PmxPure and PmxTurtle lurking in the eEndpointFamily files - the section which details all compatible hardware - references recognizable as the codenames for the two leaked Project Pink devices spotted in September last year.

Meanwhile further entries referred to the ability to "View and manage pictures and videos taken with your phone at the Studio", with users able to sign up as "Studio members".  The suggestion is that this could be Microsoft's new media upload service, enabling content produced on the handset to be shared via a web gallery.

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Hints of Zune phone found in software update

Hints of Zune phone found in software update

The rumor of a Zune phone just won’t die. The fight between Apple and Microsoft typically leads to similar products being offered from both companies. It's been surprising that with the roaring success of the iPhone Microsoft has not yet offered its own phone.

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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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