Is Your Screen Cracking?

An interesting information appeared on Engadget today. It seems as if the Zune screens are starting to crack.

Cracked Zune

If we look at the internal structure of the Zune, you’ll be able to find that the battery is actually located right behind the Zune screen. From a bit of science, we know that by charging the battery up, there will be a lot of heat involved and this will expand the battery. The expansion actually is said to put pressure on the 3 inch Zune screen, thus resulting in a screen crack.

It seems as if this could be the infamous first generation dillemma that many products experience. If this indeed is true, Microsoft should certainly not consider this as an outside the warranty coverage as it is a major problem which seems like it could happen on all Zunes in the hands of the customers.

But of course, being an insider tip, we aren’t too sure about the authenticity of this news. Are your screen’s cracking?

If so, please our Zune Troubleshooting and Problems Forums and inform us.

Get Your FREE DLO Leather Case!

I’m sure some of you already know, but for those who do not know yet, I’m posting this post for you guys.

We’re currently in the process of giving out 5 free DLO Leather cases. We’ve actually already chosen three winners (waiting for their addresses) and have 2 more to give out!

Join the forums and one little post could win you this beauty!

Don’t miss it!

Flash Zune And Enhanced WiFi

Recent news reports from Chris Stephenson have suggested that along with the Zune launch in Europe at Q4, he has also proposed a flash mp3 player based on the Zune platform, along with a massive improvement with the currently limited WiFi late this year or early 2008. What does this mean?

Firstly, we’re looking at a more “lite” version of the Zune. Not everyone needs the 30GB of space that the Zune offers. Personally, I’m using less than 5 GB of my Zune as of, when only counting music. Even when including a few video clips, I only hit the 9.5 GB mark. With Samsung and SanDisk developing larger and larger flash drives, its only a matter of time until we’ll have an affordable 10+ GB flash drive. With such a “smaller” (compared to the current Zune drive) drive and a more affordable one, I’m hoping that the Zune will attract more buyers, thus actually proving their slogan, “Welcome to the social.” Not only that, but flash drive based Zune will be significantly smaller. The current Zune is in some sense, fatty. Fatter than the fattest iPod video. Not too many users are fond of the bulge in their pockets. A slimmer design will definitely make the Zune look slick and actually be a media player that will be able to find its home in a normal sized pocket.

Regarding WiFi, the possibilities are somewhat huge. We’re talking WiFi hotspots, a longer range when finding other Zunes in your local area, a connection with your computer via WiFi, a connection to the Marketplace, etc etc etc. Zune’s WiFi feature was hyped up before November 14, 2006. Currently, it is under heavy criticism due to not only the disappointingly limited WiFi features, but also due to the somewhat massive DRM protection on contents.

Stephenson’s speech is definitely encouraging for Zune users. A flash zune, maybe people will need to dish out more cash if they so do wish, but enhanced WiFi… Hopefully it’ll be implemented through the firmware updates, rather than making it incompatible with Zune generation 1.

Zune To Europe In Late 2007?

Well… maybe not the best news for you European Zune fans. Reuters reports that the Zune may be going out to Europe in late 2007. At least, according to Jason Reindorp, the marketing director for Zune at Microsoft, the Zune that took 10.2% market share for 30GB+ media players might not be reaching EU just yet.

More coverage and insight as more news is released on this. I’ll have to get in touch with Mr. Reindorp soon…

Zune Trademarked. Is a Zune Phone Coming?!

Back in August 16, 2006, Microsoft filed a request to have the “Zune” trademarked. On the 17th of January, 2007 (yesterday), it was completed. The “Zune” trademark currently covers the released media player that we currently know of as Zune, but the interesting part is that it also covers internet services along with telecommunication. Long Zheng has some pretty cool ideas on where this trademark may be used in the future… Including maybe a Zune bathtub toys. πŸ™‚

Anyways, this brings up more speculation on the rumored Zune Phone. It has been confirmed in the latest Macworld by Jobs himself that an iPhone will be arriving to a mobile service near you. Microsoft is somewhat of a late joiner into the MP3 industry, heck, too late for a mobile industry when already Motorola is having some mad fun with its RAZR and all its “ZR” products while Samsung and LG is dominating the Asian markets and not to forget, Nokia also enjoying its share in Europe. Despite the fact that Apple iPhone is a latecomer to the industry, its reputation with the iPod have already won them numerous amounts of potential buyers. But with Zune under criticism, especially with its Wi-Fi features and not meeting its hype before the launch, many eyes are already raised on whether Microsoft will enter the mobile phone industry or not and even if they did, if they will be successful or not.

Only time will tell I guess…

Zune To Enter Flash-Memory Market

According to an interview between Dwight from TechBlog and Bryan Lee, the corporate vice-president for Microsoft’s entertainment business, it seems as if Microsoft will be entering the flash-memory MP3 player market, currently dominated by Korean and Chinese manufacturers.

Lee said “it would be logical” for the Zune platform to see an annual or twice-annual refresh of its software and hardware. He said there will be other models, including flash-memory-based Zunes.

What this means simply is it is a major challenge to the Apple’s iPod nano, along with SanDisk and Samsung yepp’ who have made a name for themselves for providing high-quality flash-memory based MP3 players.

The above interview by Dwight also brings up the infamous side of Zune’s Wi-Fi feature, the 3 day/3 play DRM protection. It is said that the music industry will be reviewing this protection along with Microsoft, as it seems that this restriction is exacerbating the already limited Wi-Fi features. It will be interesting to see the conclusion that Microsoft will come to. Whatever it is, they’ll need to find a sweet spot that will not only please the music industry, but also the current and potential Zune customers.

Zune Working On Mac!

No. This isn’t something official. Microsoft didn’t release Mac compatible Zune client for all you Mac users. Apologies if the title was a tad bit too deceiving. πŸ˜‰ But we still have some great news for your Mac users!

First off, Mac users probably know already that the Zune is actually compatible with VMWare‘s Fusion Beta. But our buddy Patrick Stuart found out that actually, you can use the Zune client using Parallels too!

Great news for Mac users who are looking for an alternative. πŸ™‚ Thanks Patrick!

Play Games on Your Zune! Coming Not So Soon.

I apologize if the title was a tad bit misleading. πŸ˜› But I hope that I got your attention! πŸ™‚ Anyways, to the main news.

Microsoft’s Peter Moore was quoted to have said that Microsoft will be adding game functionality to the Zune.

“Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, will introduce video games for its Zune music player within 18 months to match features available on Apple Computer Inc.’s dominant iPod.”

Unforunately, this is a time span of 18 months. July 2008. Yes, 2008, not 2007. Is it just me or do I see it as a tad bit too late? In a span of 18 months, I see at least the 2nd generation of Zune, if not maybe even the third in mid-2008 coming out, as I’m quite confident a follow-up product will be released for the holiday season in December 2007. So, we’re basically looking at the first generation of Zunes NOT having game functionality. Maybe Microsoft may update the firmware, but I see a strong chance that this won’t be happening for the first generations.

I’ll have to get in contact with Mr. Moore here… I’ll try to get an interview. πŸ™‚

Back in Full Power!

I’d like to first thank all of the readers who were waiting arduously for this day. I found a way through WordPress to actually load the ACP end of the site a bit faster, so I will be able to (hopefully) truly start posting more. πŸ™‚ I know that a lot of updating will be needed, but I’ll get working on it straight away.

Thanks for keeping faith with Wired Zune. I guess it’s time for us to repay you now. πŸ™‚

Thanks once again!

Microsoft Sees Zune Going to Europe… Soon.

Czech Business was fortunate enough to find some valuable information regarding the Zune going out overseas. In an interview with Jan Muelfeit,Β Microsoft’s vice president for Corporate and GovernmentΒ  Engamenet in Europe/Middle East/Africa was quoted to have said, “It should be in Europe in the first half of 2007. Right now, it’s sold just in the U.S.”

Very good news for European fans. πŸ™‚ We can all get a Zune through eBay, but wouldn’t it be better if it was actually fully supported internationally? Especially the Marketplace would be a blast overseas, including the 14-day free Zune Pass… and yeah… I’m just rambling on. πŸ˜‰

Anyways, we finally see some hope of the Zune oustide of US!

Sorry. We suck.

First of all, I hope that you guys are having a fun new year. Three
days into 2007. πŸ™‚ I myself am not having the best of times, but I’m
trying to find my way through.

I’m sure many of you have seen the activity of Wired Zune drop
substantially over the past week or so. Many of you who’ve been
emailing with me for a while now probably know that I’m in S. Korea as
of. Well, recently there was an earthquake in Taiwan, which have
increidibly slowed down my internet connection to the Wired Zune
servers. The server that Wired Zune is hosted on is actually in
Dallas, Texas, which is the main problem. πŸ™

No worries though!

I’m actually writing this post via an email. I got a friend of mine in
US to set up the blog so that I’ll be able to post on it through a
secret email. πŸ˜› So here goes the first post using this feature of
WordPress! πŸ™‚

To make up to you guys for the lack of updates recently, I’ve got a
few things coming once the internet is back in full speed.

– Comprehensive review center. We’ve got products from the Zune, DLO
cases, Vaja and more just waiting to be uploaded once the internet
allows us!
– A contest is actually already running at the forums for 5 DLO Deluxe
Leather cases for your Zunes! πŸ™‚ We’ll soon be having 3 quality Vaja
Leather cases too! Make sure you participate in our forums. πŸ™‚
– We’re also working very hard with the ZuneStyles staff. As you know,
ZuneStyles and Wired Zune are under the same network. All of the
backgrounds on ZuneStyles will be exclusive to ZuneStyles. Once again,
when the internet is going, I’m personally going to be contributing a
lot of ZuneStyles too!
– Forum shop will also go under its final testings and will open up
shortly!
– The Easter Bunny is thinking of placing a Zune or two beside his
eggs… Look out for a possible contest too! πŸ˜‰

I guess that sums it up. πŸ™‚ Hopefully this feature will go well and I
won’t have to dehydrate you guys with no information for over a WEEK
again! πŸ˜›

Thanks for sticking with us! πŸ™‚

– ioDi