Zune Masters Special Edition In The Wild!

I’m sure many of you have already heard of the Zune Masters program. A picture of the “special edition” version that Zune Masters will be getting has been floating around the net for a few days now. One lucky chosen student from Zune Masters I guess decided to post some “real” pictures of the artwork!

If anyone finds any more of these pictures out on the net or know someone who is an ambassador, please send us an email via our news email! 🙂

Zune Masters Art 2

Zune Masters Art 1

Thanks sn1p3rman!

Merry Christmas!

For those celebrating Christmas, Wired Zune would like to say, MERRY CHRISTMAS! Only once per year, we hope you enjoy this day to the fullest!

Merry Christmas

To get all this “holiday” atmosphere going, we’ll be launching a new contest later tonight for 5 DLO Leather cases for your Zune! So keep a look out! 🙂

Orange Zune Spotted on eBay!

Who would’ve thought that Microsoft actually slipped in some Orange versions of the Zune too in that 100 limited editions! We’ve only been seeing a few Pink come up, but I guess there are quite a few Orange ones out there somewhere. 🙂

A guy went to buy a White Zune, but ended up with an Orange, and thought that he could make some profit off of it, considering how recently, a Pink Zune was sold for $960 USD on eBay. He listed the item on eBay with a starting bid of $750!

Orange Zune

… which no one thought was worth it. I guess you’re stuck with the Orange one buddy. 😛

Unfortunately, he claimed that he won’t be relisting this… He could’ve probably made himself a few bucks if the pricing had actually begun lower…

To greedy? I think so too.

We Have a Winner!

We have a winner for our Zune competition! Check out our forums for the winner!

The selection was done by putting all tickets into a bag. A random winner was drawn for each prize items.

Keep a look out for further competitions at Wired Zune, as we have a few more coming in pretty soon! 😉

Wired Zune Has A Logo!

Feel any different? New design? Different color scheme? Nope. A new header with our brand new logo. 🙂

Well, this logo will be in the logo of Wired Zune for the time being. 😉 We’ll most likely have a new logo that will for sure stick with Wired Zune on its first birthday, but this will be the one until then. If there are some good replies, we may keep it as the one that will represent Wired Zune for a longer period. 😛

Wired Zune Logo

For those who have not caught the logo’s meaning, let me give a brief explanation. To simply say, cover up the two O’s at the top and you’ll see a “w” type of sign, although the line at the bottom makes it kind of look odd. 😀 Now, cover up the O’s at both sides and you have a “Z”. Pretty clever? 😉

We invested mid-XX USD for this logo so that Wired Zune will have some sort of an identity for the time being. Most likely, we’ll have a new logo, as stated before, for its birthday… Or maybe earlier.. 😛

Zune Update Released

A bit late on this. 🙂 Got all caught up with other work, but I just finished the updating for my Zune software and one thing that I immediately notice is speed.

Zune Update

The overall speed of the software have been heavily debated about after its initial launch. But with this update, fear no more. No more intense lags for those who are using a low-end computer. 🙂 Heck, its as fast as Winamp for me. 😛

When you load up your Zune software, the software should immediately detect that there is an update available. Proceed on, if you wish to feel the new level of quality. 🙂

Enjoy!

Vista Patch Coming Later Today

It has been a nagging part about using Vista a bit earlier than the rest of the world. Not being compatible with the Zune. But today, Cesar Menendez of Zune Insider have stated that Microsoft will be coming out with a 22 megabyte patch that will clear such problems.

Vista Logo

But to point out, this patch will not only be addressing Vista users. After the initial launch back in the 14th, the Zune software have come under much criticism after not installing properly on many computers. Cesar recommends that this will actually work as fix for this problem along with many other problems Zuners have been dealing with.

Great stuff Microsoft! A 1.2 firmware update and a patch!

Zune Firmware 1.2 Arrives Before Christmas!

I guess Microsoft did keep their promise. 🙂 A week before Christmas and here we are with the 1.2 firmware update. Already positives reviews regarding this firmware are spreading. Some say the Zune overall have gotten faster. But still, it seems as if some of the problems with 1.1, especially the skipping between songs seem to still exist for some Zunes.

Zune Firmware Update

We encourage everyone who have updated their Zune to 1.2 to visit our forums and make a comment on this update. 🙂

Thanks!

Want a Pink Zune?

Firstly, no, Wired Zune isn’t giving out a Pink Zune. 😉 But for those who are hoping to snatch one out of the hundred released, check this picture out. You are actually told that you’ll be receiving a Pink Zune, even though the boxing may look different.

Pink

I wonder if in the international launch, more pink Zunes will be released… Probably not though. 🙁

Cnet’s Zune vs. iPod Battle

Cnet once again comes out with a unique approach to all the Zune reviews. Heck, at least this time, it’ll be a lot more fun to actually watch than just watch some guru come out and talk about the Zune. 😉

Veronica Belmont

In the interesting Prize Fight series, the host, Veronica Belmont, gives each device a certain amount of points in 5 different categories. The result is 19-20, for the iPod, but Veronica does indeed point out some key parts to both the iPod and the Zune. A pretty fun review to look at, if you’re indecisive about which to buy for the Holidays, but don’t want to read pages after pages of reviews, this should be an interesting watch.

Link to video: Part 1 | Part 2

I’m a Zune.

Microsoft tends to have a little “internal” humor type of video for their employees, and it seems as if one of them got leaked! Kudos to ZuneBoards for leaking this, as the clip itself is pretty funny. For your pleasure, here’s the clip.

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I wish I worked in Microsoft. 😉

Zune, Harder Than Waldo?

I’m sure you all remember the days when you used to stay home flipping through a crazy picture book, looking for a guy with a red and white striped clothes. Some places, it was quite easy to find him. Sometimes, it took forever. Well… Zune is somewhat in the same situation…

San Francisco Zune

While Microsoft is promoting their Zune slogan, “Welcome to the Social”, in reality, the Zune world isn’t too social at all. CNET News.com reporter Ina Fried tried to find another Zune user to connect with in the San Francisco area. Sadly enough, she could only find one person with their Zune running in San Francisco. The MSN Messenger may be good at connecting people, but it seems as if even after nearly a month after the launch of the Zune, there still isn’t too many Zune users.
After time passes and the word on Zune is actually spread, unlike the somewhat poor advertising by Microsoft, the “social” part of the Zune should pickup. But as of, the slogan by Microsoft, to some extent, seems false.

A couple points in the article though, seems to have room for error. One is that the Zune is only in its first generation, so you shouldn’t expect someone from one side of SF to be able to network with someone at the other side. Second, keeping the WiFi feature on has proven to drain the battery quite quickly, so this could be another reason why Ina may not have detected a Zune, even if she may have been sitting beside someone with a Zune.

The “social” part of the Zune should definitely start picking up sometime early 2007.

Microsoft Wants WMA/WMV Authority?

“I believe Microsoft came out with Zune not to counter the iPod hardware but to make WMV/WMA relevant again. To be more precise they had to counter the iPod to make their CODEC relevant, but they don’t care about the hardware itself, they care about the CODEC, and that’s the exact opposite of Apple. Apple’s iPod plays many different CODECs, just none of Microsoft’s offerings. Apple wants users to buy their hardware and they use their software to get to you. If Microsoft can get their CODEC back into the masses they can then control the rights to use that CODEC and rights to manufacture hardware that can decode their CODEC. Controlling rights = charging money. It’s big, big money and big, big business (see MPEG 1, 2, 4 for examples of this). Microsoft can’t afford for the Zune to fail. They have too much at stake here. Apple didn’t make a huge impact with the 1st generation iPod, it wasn’t until they made it work with Windows that it really took off. So too will be the path of Zune. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the Zune, but I also think Microsoft has a lot of fight in them and they know that they can’t afford to lose this war, but they can afford to lose a few battles.”  (Benjamin J. Higginbotham – Techonlogy Evangilist)

Whether true or not, Mr. Higginbotham brings up an interesting point. Did Microsoft truly enter this media player market to regain the once almighty WMA and WMVs? Obviously, Microsoft is seriously late into the market, if they are actually seeking major profit from the player. But then, Xbox was successful, even if it did come into the gaming industry late.

The fact that Zune is actually working in correlation with the Xbox, the Media Center, Vista, etc. also brings up on eye on how regaining their power in medias once again could be the real reason why the Zune was released. Months ago, Robbie mentioned Zune as the “Last piece of the puzzle” and this phrase could be the hint that Microsoft is actually trying to regain their authority in digital medias.

This definitely is a mind boggling thought as only Microsoft knows the truth behind the Zune. Head on over to our forums and give us your opinion on this topic!

How Does Zune for 90 Sound?

It’s the Holiday season and the perfect time to get yourself a Zune, if you don’t have one yet. Is the cost for a 30GB player a bit pricy? No worries then, as Amazon is giving an opportunity for 1,000 people to buy a Zune for only 90 USD!

Although it has not yet been decided on which of the four products will be sold at this incredibly low price, if we can get enough people to vote for the Zune as the one to be sold, then 1,000 lucky people will be receiving their Zunes at a mere 90 bucks. Make sure you go and vote for it, if you’re hoping to snatch one! Even if you already have one, a vote would be appreciated by those who haven’t got their Zunes yet. Better yet, more Zunes in the world, the better the social! 🙂

Vista Compatibility Coming January 30th!

I already mentioned about an update coming before Christmas. While the “hope” of it still lives, it seems as if a key update, the compatibility with Windows Vista, will actually be coming next year 2007 – January 30th.

Jason Reindorp, the Director of Marketing at Microsoft for their own branded digital mp3/media player, the Zune, has finally put Vista owners with a Zune out of their misery and has announced that Vista compatibility is coming on Jan 30.

We at Wired Zune now, aren’t too sure which source to trust. Cnet or iTWire, as they both are a credible source. But hopefully, Cnet will be right on with this one, as I personally can’t wait to update my black Zune. 😉

Zune Update Before Christmas

It’s about time! The one that you all Zuners have probably been waiting for! 😉 An update!

Personally, my Black Zune 😀 have been running great for me. No software problems. No major glitches. Pretty good for a first generation. But, it seems as if Zune wasn’t at a satisfactory level for the mass.

Therefore, Microsoft have claimed that an update will come before Christmas, which will fix issues such as the non useable with Windows Vista problems and various minor glitches. Note that this update will not feature any major new features to dazzle Zuners with, but it will be key fixes for the current released Zunes.

“It is plumbing stuff, but it is stuff customers will notice and appreciate,” Reindorp said. “It’s not going to be a whole new wireless scenario or anything like that.”

But not to get your hopes down too much. Zune will be coming with more features in the future. Just that it hasn’t been clearly outlined as of, according to Bill Gates.

“We’ll do more things,” Chairman Bill Gates said in an interview last month. “But, you know, we’re vague and mysterious about what that is. I mean, but we’re not just going to do media; we’ll do more.”

Great news for us all Zuners! 🙂 Finally, there seems to be a light of hope for the Zune, within the massive media attacks since November 14th!

Hold Your YouTube Videos on Zune!

This is probably one of the most anticipated hacks ever due to the limitations of the Zune when it comes to videos. ShamansTears were able to get a quick hack going for the Zune. 🙂 Now you can view your favorite YouTube videos on your 3 inch screen. 😉

About time that we put that nice and big screen to some good use! 🙂

The “Screen” Just Got Bigger!

Hey guys. I’m back from a week long trip in Singapore, for a THIMUN conference, but am back with an awesome news that just can’t be overlooked. 😉 So what is this? Your 3 inch Zune screen can get bigger!

Technically, no, you’re not going to get a massive Zune. But for $250, you can get a nice VG-SD Video Glasses for your Zune, that will enable you to view your videos and/or movies on a 35 inch screen, 2 meters away!

The guys at 22Moo have produced such a pair of futuristic looking goggles and I’m highly considering trying one of these. While the product has not yet been tested by Wired Zune, by looking at the specifications and the pictures, it looks great! 🙂 It also seems to work with various generations of the Apple iPod along with the Playstation, Xbox, Gamecube lines.

VG-SD Video Glasses

Apart from the fact that this device will probably increase accidents :P, the only disappointment that I see that could rise is the clarity of the videos. Enlarging from 3 inch to 35 inch is quite a big jump. It’d be awesome though if we could get a HD going for one of these. 😉

VG-SD Video Glasses Black

Nonetheless, an awesome side product yet again!