Win a Zune from JC!

Remember all those Zune giveaways back in November and December 2006? Well, there’s yet ANOTHER giveaway and there’s only a day left on it. If you’ve got a blog, it’s worth a shot! All you have to do is:

John Chow dot Com, a blog that helps you make money on the internet, is giving away a Microsoft Zune. To enter, all you have to do is write about it. This is my entry. Now give me my Zune!

John Chow Giving Zune Away

It’s that simple! Wired Zune is in it too. If we win, you know where the Zune will be going… 😉 Maybe it’s time to do another giveaway since it’s nearly summer… 😛

Zunes Being Banned in School

“It doesn’t take long to get out of the loop with teenagers,” said Mountain View High School Principal Aaron Maybon. “They come up with new and creative ways to cheat pretty fast.”

Funny enough, it seems like the Zune (along with the iPod) have become a tool for cheating. Baseball cap brims and cellphone texting and notes are classic ways that teens have utilized their everyday tools to cheat in quizzes and tests.

Cheating Zune

However, it has been discovered by some school administrations that the students were downloading formulas and answers to problems in their portable media players and have been listening to them secretly while taking an examination.

Devices including iPods and Zunes can be hidden under clothing, with just an earbud and a wire snaking behind an ear and into a shirt collar to give them away, school officials say.

Especially regarding the Zune, with such an article appearing, it seems as if the students could even utilize the WiFi technology to their advantage… Saving images or notes via the JPEGBook or the ZuneChat to share answers with others seems like a possibility… Interesting…

Source: FOXNews.com

Limited Zunes Continue With Adult Swim

Lately, many limited Zunes have been popping up here and there and yet again, we have another one. This time, Adult Swim! 500 of the Adult Swim versions of the Zune were produced by Microsoft. The Zunes had Adult Swim content as extra pre-loaded content.

Adult Swim Zune

By the picture from Engadget, it doesn’t look too special or different to a normal Zune other than “Adult Swim” written in small letters at the bottom right corner of the Zune.

Rapid Repair Replaces iPod Mods

iPod Mods, a support center for iPods primarily, has changed their brand to Rapid Repair. Being a Zune user, it may have been a bit odd going to iPod Mods when actually, you wanted your Zune fixed.

Rapid Repair Logo

“Beginning Tuesday, April 24, 2007, popular iPod repair and mod site iPod Mods will officially change its name to Rapid Repair and launch its new website at http://www.rapidrepair.com. The change comes as the result of the company’s rapid expansion into product and service offerings that now extend past iPod product repairs and modifications.”

What does this mean? We can deduce from this that Rapid Repair will continue its line of support for the Zune. Not just this version, but Zune 2 and the Zunes after that. For Creative, Samsung, and other consumers of various companies’ players, possibly Rapid Repair may be looking into such other media players too.

Clear Zune. Limited or Mod?

An interesting post popped up earlier today at Zune-Online regarding a possible limited clear version of the Zune. We know that Microsoft employees have special super-uber limited versions of the Zune, but this one eis just WOAH!

Clear Zune

Limited or just some crazy skinning, we’re not sure. But one thing for sure is that it looks pretty cool! 🙂 See more pictures here.

Zune Can Now Go 100GB!

Of course, with voiding your warranty with Microsoft and going through a small tedious task of opening up your Zune. iPodMods have done it once again after a successful 40GB, 60GB, and 80GB drives, but now they are back with 100GB for your Zune. The party over there was able to get a fat 100GB to actually fit inside the Zune case!

100GB for Zune

With this baby, you can now hold approximately 17,500 songs or about 230 HOURS of video (bringing the capacities to about 25K songs and 330 hours of video)! For $299.99 USD, you can get a Toshiba drive for your Zune straight from iPodMods with a free Zune or an iPod battery. But, the question lies… Is it truly worth it…?

Zune Phone Patent?

“A newly published patent application assigned to Microsoft provides a unique insight into what the Zune Phone interface might look like. The patent, filed on June 16th 2006 and published on 12th April 1007, covers Tile Space User Interface for Mobile devices and discusses how small screens and a large number of features make it “difficult for users to access commonly used data and functions” on many mobile phones.” (Source)

Zune Phone Interface

Regarding the interface, I have to say that it looks like a novel idea to use in the mobile phone industry. Microsoft trying to compete with Apple, Samsung, and all the other mobile companies with a new interface again? Possibly so.

Tragedy at Virginia Tech.

Yea, it’s not a Zune news, but it is a deal that is worth bringing up even if I’m not an American. As you are probably aware of by now regarding the tragedy at Virginia Tech., there was a massacre there earlier today and we’d just like to show our “prayers” to the loss over there.

Prayer

We trust that the administration over there will properly take care of the issue and we just want to dedicate our prayers (whether a Christian or not. I’m not.) to the relatives and others who were affected by this surprising news.

It’s great to be social, but it also never hurts to give back to our community. Obviously, the global Zune community can’t, so leave a word or two for those who were affected. I personally just wish them the best for the rest of the week and I truly do hope that the VT administration will clean up this “permanent” mess that the murderer has left behind.

RUMOR: Pink and Orange Zune Pictures.

The upcoming pink and the orange versions of the Zune have been released… Sort of… ZuneScene actually reported of some pictures of the two upcoming Zunes. The two new colors are promising as they both hold the Zune logo’s color scheme.

However, one must raise an eyebrow here. Zune-Online recently posted of a possible Photoshop work by a clever editor. While the pictures of the new Zunes do look fascinating… Well… the two exact images with different colored Zunes kind of gives away the whole anticipation…

Pink Zune HoaxedOrange Zune Hoax
(Click on the images for a higher resolution)

It is clearly evident that one of the two images is a Photoshop product as by looking at the dust on the Zune’s screen, it is exactly the same. Believe it or not, you decide. Just to add as a side note, ZuneScene never claimed that they have gotten the insider pictures on the Pink and the Watermelon Red…

Update: If you click on the Pink picture to view it at a higher resolution, if you look closely at the double-effect on the end, you can see that it has an orange pigment. So is this the real Pink Zune? No.

ZuneScene Picture Hoax

False until more news is released.

Pre-Order Your Pink Zune Now!

I’d just like to inform you all that you can pre-order your baby Pink Zunes now through Amazon (no referral links!). I’m personally not a fan of this light Pink version though (although the true Pink is hot!)

Light Pink Colored Zune

However, as there is news on a new “vibrant” color to the Zune line, I’d say just hold your horses before you go typing in those card numbers. Wait as you may regret your purchase as afterall, who knows. A real orange or some other awesome version might come out and before you even know it, you might be screaming “Doh!”

Microsoft’s New Campagin & Colors!

The baby pink version of the Zune is expected to be released on May 1, 2007, but Microsoft have announced that they will be adding more colors to their rather limited variety as of.

The Zune, which is currently available in white, brown and black, will soon sport prettier colors. A baby-pink version will be available in May, and another vibrant color will be introduced a few weeks later.

“It could help with reaching more of their target demographic,” says Ross Rubin, an analyst with NPD Group. “Colors like pink could help increase the device’s appeal with women.”

The increase in the variety of colors for a potential Zune buyer will certainly augment the sales rate. As the article states, certainly Creative and other various smaller companieis have been affected by the release of the Zune, rather than Apple and their iPod. I’m thinking we could expect a light orange to go with the light pink? Possibly a purple too? Or maybe (product) red version of the Zune to help AIDs or even a blue version might be nice!

To add on to it, Microsoft looks to be expanding their exposure for the Zune once again. Reindorp claims that the expenses won’t be as much as when the Zune was first launched, but that it will be enough to get it noticed. Also, Microsoft does seem to realize that the Zune has a lot of catch up to do in terms of features.

“We are developing Zune as an ‘entertainment’ brand, which means it will include music, video and games,” Reindorp says. “But will there be Xbox-like games on the device? We don’t know yet. We are still thinking through our games strategy.”

Will such a feature be presented in the current generation of the Zune? To be honest, something tells me that it will be very unlikely in this one. Maybe in a future flash version or the 2nd generation of HDD version of Zunes, we may. Probably nothing close to the Xbox 360, but maybe something along the lines of Playstation Portable sounds reasonable. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to Microsoft actually adding simple new features such as a time or a text viewer or even an A-B function within the current generation through the firmware updates. Hopefully from version 1.4, we’ll see some things like this…

via TheStreet.com

BREAKING NEWS: Zune Discontinued…

I just came in and turned on the TV and was simply surprised by what was on the news. Microsoft have stated that the Zune brand will be discontinued…?!

I have yet to find further information on this on the web as of, since the news itself was a rather “breaking news” too. But according to the report, Microsoft have decided to abandon the brand Zune and have decided to change its media player path so that it’ll be integrated with something mobile; something that will be able to compete against the iPhone. The report has suggested that possibly a this new phone to compete with the upcoming Apple iPhone will not have much to do with the Zune. According to a Microsoft employee, the Zune was simply a way for Microsoft to test the media player water before going in to the media player plus mobile phone market. There has also been reports that the Wi-Fi in this new gadget, unlike the rather useless Wi-Fi from the abandoned Zune project, will instead offer brand new capabilities. While nothing has been confirmed, but it has been said that talks such as wireless syncing with a computer and purchasing games via a Wi-Fi hotspot rather than using the phone browser has been brought up.

Microsoft abandoning the Zune project as a whole… I personally feel pretty betrayed about all this. What was all the talk about firmware updates? What happened to Zune in the future with better Wi-Fi? What happened to all that social? Why did Microsoft dump the whole project which they’ve spent quite a sum of money on already? Why not just release the 2nd generation of the Zune if they feel that the market share isn’t as high as they expected?

More to follow as I find more news on it. I wonder what will happen to the Marketplace and all the Points I’ve already spent on it…