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Microsoft unveils Zune, online store

updated 02:35 pm EDT, Thu September 14, 2006

Microsoft unveils Zune

Microsoft has formally unveiled its Zune portable media player, offering 30GB of storage for music, photos, and video that will compete with Apple's digital music offering. The Zune player allows users to share contents with nearby Zunes via Wi-Fi, and allows users to flag songs for later purchase. Zune users can download and play complete songs from other Zune owners up to three times over a three-day period. The Zune player also features a built-in FM radio, and incorporates a customizable interface theme, according to Electronista. Microsoft's Zune Marketplace is launching alongside the new player to offer customers entire albums and songs individually -- as Apple's iTunes Music Store does -- or via a subscription service. Microsoft has yet to announce a price for its new digital media player, but said the device will ship in time for the holidays.




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  1. bosco08

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Am I reading this correct

    Microsoft is authorizing me to steal music from someone, 3 times over a 3 day period? Is that right?

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    once again!

    the next iPod killer! AAPL is doomed! sell your stock! (so i can buy it)

  1. bsnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Its so hard to decide.

    Do I want a product features Microsoft "Innovation", or Apple’s s*** products that “just work”? As for me, I think I am sticking with Apple it just works, and they are the kings of cool hip style. The Zune has ugly beige box written all over it.

  1. default

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Zune

    Ha, Ha Try typing "Zune" on microsoft website Results are hilarious.

  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    closed minds?

    The zune 'DOES' have some merits ... even though Microsoft is not original, it does have the marketing/mindshare to make inroads.

    I mean, why didn't Apple update the Video iPod with a new screen to better handle WideScreen formats ... instead they came out with 'Games'??

    Unless they come out with the iPodPhone (iPP) that converts from phone to iPod with a full screen touch sensitvie altering interface design, the Zune will probably sell as much as the iPod this Christmas? Am I wrong?

    That scroll-wheel thingy seems original ;-)

  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:zune

    MS's website...

    "Did you mean: zone"

    LOL!!!

  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    3 times?

    what if it is a non-DRM song? like one i or a friend personally made or something?

    am i still limited to only being able to share it to someone for 3 times over 3 days? why are the (non-)rights of other peoples tracks forced upon me?

    willing to bet that it only applies to DRM tracks... i hope. and that for non-DRM tracks... you simply are not allowed to share them at all.

  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    not a wheel.

    "That scroll-wheel thingy seems original ;-)"

    it's not a wheel. just some buttons in a round shape to make you think it might be a wheel.

    or so early reports suggested.

  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    "Select" tracks

    You can't transfer any song only "select" songs. Meaning whatever tracks the labels are paying M$ to promote.

  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    truth in advertising

    The Brown one is the honest one. Yes folks it's a t***.

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