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Zune 3.0 ships with Originals, McD's Wi-Fi

updated 08:45 am EDT, Tue September 16, 2008

Zune 3 Software Launches

As promised, Microsoft today rolled out its Zune 3.0 software and the according updates for its Zune players. The upgrade lets every Zune from the original 30GB model up to the new 16GB and 120GB versions download songs directly from the Zune Marketplace over Wi-Fi as well as tag songs on some FM radio stations to buy them either from the device or with the next PC sync. Users both on the players and the Windows software also get access to dynamically updating Channel playlists, while the software alone gets a Mixview that shows related music and related listeners.

The launch comes alongside the shipment of the new-generation players and the re-emergence of Zune Originals, which lets users choose any one of several artwork engravings in addition to a text message. Microsoft is also using the occasion of Zune 3.0 to sell the Zune 16 flash player online in the blue, green, pink and red colors normally reserved for the 8GB devices at physical stores. The color options don't affect the $199 price of the player, though the art engravings will typically cost extra.

As part of the formal launch, Microsoft has also announced a deal with McDonald's that gives Zune owners free Wi-Fi access in any of the restaurant chain's locations equipped with the Internet hotspots.

by MacNN Staff



  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wow, now there's one bit of corporate cooperation that screams High Quality all around. I can't think of a more perfect partnership. Maybe if they sign up Wal-Mart...

    Free Wi-Fi at MacDonald's! I can hardly wait!
    Do they hand out barf bags, too? The stench alone would kill me.

    There's nothing worse than being stuck in an elevator or subway car when someone has a bag of that c***.

  1. jhawk95

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Talk about gross!

    I can't stand McThrowups, I mean McDonald's. They do not even sell real food.

    Don't believe me, watch this video about 4-year old McDonald's food which does not decompose.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sodium Content

    1. Isn't WiFi at McDonalds free anyway?

      2. Those videos are f****** retarded, and naturally incorrect. The food from McDonalds doesn't decompose like other foods because of preservatives (The lady in the video says there are none, but she's wrong) and its huge sodium content. Remember how back in the day (before fridges) people would cure meat with salt so as to keep it for long periods of time. It's the same idea/process. It's not some magic not real food. It's real food, just not very good for you because of the fat/sodium content.

      By the way. The lady in the video is fat and dumb, the perfect combination and the average consumer of fast food. Ironic.

  1. dwoodruff

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Not that I'm a big fan of McDonalds, but that you for your rationality. At the core, there is nothing wrong with McDonalds, they serve the same food that many other restaurants serve, they just get the ire of people who love to find a scapegoat.

    Now, onto the Zune... wow.. I can't wait to see the dozen or so Zune owners flock to McDonald's to jam their gullets and jam to some tunes...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: sodium content

    Isn't WiFi at McDonalds free anyway?


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