1.3 Firmware “Finally” Released!

The highly anticipated firmware update version 1.3 is finally out for you Zuners out there! I was notified by the software itself that there was an update needed for my Zune. But just incase you weren’t informed in anyway, when the Zune software detects that your Zune is connected, right-click on your Zune name below the Marketplace, and click “Check for Zune Device Updates” and that should get you rolling.

The three proposed fixes for this update are the “skipping issue” (which I’ve personally never dealt with so far with my tracks (including ones from the Marketplace) along with an improved reliability and syncing and the FM tuner draining your Zune battery when in sleep mode. Nonetheless, they are very important updates, but other than the reliability ones, I haven’t been affected yet.

Also, maybe as a sort of an apology from the Zune team, the software has been updated to 1.3 too! 1.3 Day for the Zune?! I don’t see any differences as of, but will update you all on the differences as I spend some time with it. 🙂

Any comments on this? Check out our forums to discuss the latest update.

eBook? Nah.. But JPEGBook!

Unfortunately, I personally feel that such an option will not be available with the first generation of the Zune, although it’d be great. What am I talking about? An eBook function that many PMPs seem to have nowadays. But, not too much to worry about now. 🙂

JPEGBook

JPEGBook (download) is a third party program which will automatically convert your text into a JPEG file suitable within the Zune dimensions. Now that’s called original! I’m not too sure on what to do with books that seem a bit too long, but I’m sure that if you can cope with reading hundreds of JPEGs, such quantities won’t be a problem. Also, some flair or excitement could be added to the whole deal, but I’m sure that such a program will continue to develop further. 😉

Possibly Pink Zunes Coming Soon.

If you just bought one of those limited Pink Zunes off of eBay or something, then we might suggest not reading this issue. 😉

Light Pink Colored Zune

Anyways, 😛 it seems as if EBgames may come starting on May 1, 2007 with Pink Zunes for sale. The pink color of the Zune that was posted on their website seems a bit awkward compared to the “Pink” ones that we’ve been seeing before from here and there.

Not much information has yet been released. But personally I’m not too sure about this though. Microsoft had some success with the limited Pink (Orange) editions floating around, but it seems rather awkward to bring such a similar color up once again. Why not bring something hot again like the Black/Blue? Or something original like the Brown/Green?

“When’s the Next Firmware Update?!”

Like many other Zune owners, I for one have been looking forward to updating my Zune to version 1.3. Surely the 1.2 was great, and 1.3 will no doubt be better. I’m not a big Marketplace user though as I prefer to buy CDs and put them on my Zune, so I haven’t seen any “skipping issues” talked about so often. So while the update sounds good, I’m not in an “Oh my gosh! It’s late!” status. I absolutely agree with Jason from Zune Thoughts on his view on the way people are acting regarding the recent “late delivery” of the firmware update.

I ask whether such behavior towards the Zune team is at all necessary. They’ve been very flexible with many of us early Zune adopters and have been giving some great inside news and things to look forward to. Surely issues such as skipping should have been identified before hand and most definitely have been fixed in the previous firmwares. However, the Zune team has been quite generous to give us a heads up on a rough release to the 1.3 update and have been listening quite avidly on our feedbacks.

They’re truly working their butts off there to get this update released. But being humans, I also do believe that they can be caught up with other works which may spontaneously rise. Let’s not be too harsh on them. 😉

Yet Another Zune Giveaway (YAZG)

I can still remember the time when the Zune was released. Loads of sites were giving away Zunes. Infact, Wired Zune was also one of the many sites that did a Zune giveaway (planning another one before the second gen. is released!) and have had some successful days after it.

But it seems like yet another Zune giveaway is on the net!

Kelly at A Yoga Coffee Outlook is giving away a Zune MP3 Player!

It’s a great idea it seems. If you include the text above in your blog and add a link to www.yogacoffeeoutlook.com and then post a comment on the post saying that you’ve done it, you may just as well win a Zune!

Well, the deadline is pretty long… You just have to post it on your blog by July 1, 2007 and you’re ready to wait.

We don’t recommend making hundreds of Blogger blogs and posting them all to increase your chances. Just a bit of fun and if luck is with you, you may very well be surprised in July. 😉

Rumor: Zune Gen 2 in August?!

First off, nothing official here folks. But a rumor is a rumor and as a Zune blog, we can’t let this one go by. 😛

Despite the next firmware update drawing closer than ever, there are still people thinking that Zune is a project that has/will be abandoned pretty soon. But according to James, the release manage of the Zune who was quoted at ZuneInsider, “Microsoft is abandoning this generation of Zune” is a total blasphemy and he believes that they will continue to carry out the Zune line and add more features like they’ve done with the Xbox first generation and the addition of the Xbox Live.

Gizmodo‘s tipster have also “said to have” heard some secret peptalk going on at the Game Developers Conference 2007 on a Zune coming with games sometime in August. As it’s merely a rumor, nothing should really be taken seriously, but if Zune does indeed come with gaming, I think a small firmware update hopefully for some simple games for the first gen Zunes may be great too. Playing on a 3″ rather than a 2.5″ iPod Sudoku may be a bit more fun!

Another Special Zune for a Good Cause

There will be 35 limited black editions of the Zune from the Zune team. It looks like any ordinary black Zune, except at the back, it’ll have a special Tempt One’s (a graffiti artist) logo on it. A renowned graffiti artist, unfortunately, Tempt One has been in the hospital for over a year now due to a rare disease. This is a special promotion that is dedicated towards Tempt One.

Tempt One Black Zune Limited Edition

Tempt One Black Zune Limited Edition

On March 10, 2007, the Zune team will be putting these up for offers.

[via ZuneInsider]

Apple and Microsoft. The Neverending Story.

The battle between the Apple and Microsoft seems to be one that will unfortunately be inevitable as more and more generations of the two players are produced.

The US Patent & Trademarket Office on March 1, 2007 granted Apple regarding the double shot effect that we see in the Brown and the Black Zunes today. Unfortunately, Apple applied for such a patent back in 2005 – a year before the Zune was even announced – and with the patent now being granted, it seems as if Microsoft may hit a hard sales block.

Zune Doubleshot Effect

If excluding the Wi-Fi features, Microsoft has been revered for their creativity with the double shot effect. But unfortunately, with the patent now being released nearly five months after the release of the Zune, it makes us wonder if we’ll see such an effect with the next-gen Zunes.

[Patent Link]