Preorder Your Zune 2 Now Before the Holiday Season!

If you’re one of the millions of people looking to get their hands on the new second generation Zune this holiday season…you’re not alone. It is expected to be one of the top-selling items for the upcoming holiday season.

We here at WiredZune have decided to put together a list of places to preorder your Zune 2 and Save! Here’s our list:

Amazon.com

Wal-Mart:

We will be updating this list as the holiday season progresses. Please check back often!

Zune Video Converter Software

At WiredZune, we’re always looking for cool software and add-ons for your Zune. One type of software that we really feel is a must for Zune owners is Zune video converter software.

Cucusoft Zune Video ConverterThis type of software allows you to convert DVD to Zune, MPEG to Zune, AVI to Zune, WMV to Zune and many more video types to Zune video format.

One of the most popular titles for Zune video converter is the Cucusoft Zune Video Converter Suite. This software combines the power of both video and DVD conversion. It can convert both DVDs and video files to Zune format. Read the rest of this entry »

Zune File Recovery Software

Zune file recovery softwareAs a Zune owner, you surely love carrying around your music, photos and video collection anywhere you go. There is, however, a concern facing many Zune owners. That concern is what happens if their Zune crashes or stops working?

Data loss can happen to Zune. Whether it is accidental deletion, file corruption, formatting or improper handling of Zune data files, data loss can eventually happen. This is why you will want to have software like the Data Doctor’s Zune Data Recovery software. With this software, you will be able to restore your lost Zune files.

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No Zune In Germany?

Stephan Brechtmann, head of “entertainment & devices” at Microsoft Germany, said that they will not compete against Apple iPods as of yet.  The German consumers are not impressed with the coolness of the Zune.  What they want in a Zune is added functionalities beyond what Apple has to offer.  Therefore, Microsoft hopes that the Zune’s ability to swap tracks using wireless technology will slowly sell to the German market.

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Ugliest Tech Products-Zune?

What a surprise to come across an article from MSN about Microsoft Zune being in the top 10 of the ugliest tech products ever created.  I’m positive that the Zune team isn’t at all happy about this because I am not either.  Isn’t great enough that Microsoft Zune came out with an innovated product that is slowly fulfilling the needs of music lovers?  And isn’t great enough that we’re getting all those goodies at an affordable price?  Don’t we all agree that quality is most important in products we look to purchase?  Apparently not everyone agrees!

Where Will The Zune Be In A Few Years?

What are the expectations Microsoft, itself, have for the Zune?  Heck, as a Zune owner, what would you like to see for the Zune in the future?  Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO, said that due to the growth in music services and the advances in the Zune, he is hoping to take away the marketshare from Apple.  As great as the Apple already is, Microsoft Zune has entered the market and have already taken some 10%.  So to answer the first question, CEO Steve Ballmer hoped the company would have gained ground in this field by then.  I think what he’s trying to say is that in a few years, he has high hopes that the Zune will be one of the top competitors in the music service biz.

Great Deals On Zune 30

Has anyone heard or seen the deals on the Classic Zune or Zune 30 going online and offline? I went to Walmart the other day and saw that they’re now on sale for just $149.99. It’s brand new and has all the features of Zune 80 except the DVD quality TV out and a touch pad. But that’s just it! It comes with the same warranties as all other Zunes, so what more can you ask for? I think it’s a great starter Zune for the new Zune fans, don’t you think? By the way, at Newegg and Buy.com they’re selling the Zune 30 for $139.99 so an even better deal. The only downfall is that you would have to pay for shipping and wait a week to get it to your door. All in all, Walmart would be a better choice. Since Walmart is everywhere, you can return it easily if anything is wrong with it.

Oh yeah, Woot is selling a refurbished black Zune for just $99.99. These are players which were returned back, not exactly new, but as Woot says, “Microsoft-certified with full accessories, full warranty and even fresh retail packaging.”

Here are some good deals right now on the Zune:

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ZuneSocial Required Barcode

Most, if not all of the Zune fans, including myself may be wondering about the new online community ZuneSocial registration issue.  I have tried to register at the site myself and of course, like most of you, I didn’t have a barcode or didn’t know what to put in.  So I emailed Microsoft press and support to inquire about the website and the required barcode.  She told me that the website is not yet live and isn’t expected to be live until mid November which is about the same time the Zune 2 will be available.  The exact and confirmed date for the Zune 2 availability is November 13th.  She also explained that once the website goes live, it will not ask for a barcode.  That info is for the Microsoft techs who are working on the website right now.  That’s all for the barcode question.  Hope it helps!

Zune Social

Informations from ZuneInsider:

  • ZuneSocial.net is the new online community beta you have been hearing about.  It is a place for music lovers to share their music tastes, knowledge, and experiences with other Zune owners.
  • Zune card:  anyone will be able to create a free, and customizable Zune card.  In other words, you can personalize your card with pictures, custom backgrounds, and other info.  Your card will automatically update with the music you listen to on your Zune.
  • It will allow you to browse your friend’s pages and post or recieve comments like a Myspace.
  • You can browse your favorite artist’s pages to find other listeners with the same musical tastes.
  • Each song within the Zune Social will have a playable 30 second clip, and you can buy the song with your Microsoft points or with your Zune pass if you like.

Check out this new online community at ZuneSocial.net

 

Zune 2 Accessories Specifications

Hard Drive Zunes

  • The Zune 80 has 80GB of storage
  • Uses the new Zune Pad-four way touch-sensitive d-pad (up, down, left, and right buttons).
  • Price will be $249 with “premium” headphones
  • Available only in black for now
  • Screen size is 3.2-inches with resolution QVGA
  • Dimensions are 61.1 x 108.2 x 12.9mm (2.4 x 4.25 x 0.5-inches) 1/3 smaller than the classic Zune.
  • The Classic Zune will now be known as the Zune 30.

New Flash Zunes

  • Zune 8 and Zune 4 are the names for the 8GB and 4GB flash models.
  • Uses the Zune Pad
  • Zune 8 will sell for $199 and Zune 4 will sell for $149
  • Both will be available in pink, green, black,and red.
  • Feature a 1.8-inch screen
  • Dimensions are 41.4 x 91.5 x 8.5mm (1.6 x 3.6 x 0.33-inches)

Other Info

  • New Zunes available mid November
  • All Zunes will have a new redesigned interface and software features including the Classic Zune or Zune 30.
  • Additional native video codecs for h.264 and MPEG-4 so users will no longer need to transcode those file types to WMV.
  • Wi-Fi sync to host computer
  • Podcast Support via Wi-Fi
  • The 3×3 song sharing DRM has had its three day restriction removed, but users can only play files three times.
  • There is still no wireless music store.
  • The Zune software is all new and rewritten.
  • The Zun music store is going DRM-free, with over 1 million MP3 tracks being made available for download.

New Zune Accessories

  • Zune Home AV Pack ($99.99)-“Home Dock with three faceplates to accommodate each Zune device, wireless remote, AC adaptor and composite AV output cable.”
  • Zune Dock Pack ($49.99)- “Home Dock with three faceplates to accommodate each Zune device and AC adaptor.
  • Zune Car Pack ($79.99)-“Redesigned FM transmitter/charger and dashboard grip pad.
  • Zune Cable Pack ($39.99)-“Sync cable, composite AV output cable and audio cable.”
  • Zune Premium Headphones ($39.99)
  • Zune Leather Case ($49.99)
  • Zune Sync Cable ($19.99)
  • Zune AC Adapter ($29.99)

Info taken from: http://www.zune-online.com/news/zune/zune-2-and-accessories-complete-specs.html

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Price List Of The New Zune

Below is the price list of the new Zune to be released mid November.

4 GB= $149

8 GB= $199

80 GB= $249

You can now pre-order the new Zune from electronic stores such as Circuit City, Best Buy, etc.

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The New Zune Marketplace Is Out With 3 Million Tracks

Per Betanews, every Zune will include a wireless functionality that would allow customers to share content wrelessly.  The new Zune will also include an FM tuner.  So for the very first time, the Zune will be nearly equal to the iPod and iTunes in terms of content capabilities.  The software will allow you to organize music videos, pictures, and podcasts.  In addition, for those with Windows Media Center, it will allow you to transfer recorded content to the device for portable viewing.  The Zune Marketplace will contain about 3 million tracks and 1 million of those will be available in MP3 format which will allow you to play it on any device including the iPod.

Zune 2 Announcement!!

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Design & Development chief J Allard hosted an event in Redmond on October 2, 2007 at midnight or October 3, 2007 for some of us, to present the hard disk and flash memory Zune 2.0 player. Betanews estimates about 2.4 million new Zunes to be manufactured during the 2007 holiday season and is expected to be released in the beginning of November. In addition, a new Zune Community site will be announced shortly. The new Zune would be thinner and will have more capacity. The flash players will measure 3-inches by 1.25-inches and are said to look much like the iPod Nano. The new Zune will be video capable, possibly include Wi-Fi and higher storage than it’s competing products. Also, Microsoft will most likely release firmware version 2.1 with the new Zunes per Engadget.

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Image taken from: http://www.zune-online.com/news/zune/the-first-real-zune-2-photos.html

Zune’s Customized Personal Logos

Microsoft Zune is now allowing you to customize your very own personal logo on your Zune device.  Before, you used to have to buy skins to cover your Zune device, sort of like a mini-jacket, to give it an appealing look.  Now, the Zune manufacturer can print whatever logo you want on your Zune for you when you purchase it.  Just imagine a more clean- cut look for your Zune with personalized information or logo on it to give it an even more trendy look.  All of this means that it’ll create more demands from students because they can print their school names on it.

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Microsoft Zune’s Auto Download Application

The new Microsoft Zune’s application may be able to automatically download music tracks to your device. The name of this new application by Microsoft is, “Automatic delivery of personalized content to a portable media player with feedback.” The name basically explains how it’ll function. In short, if you already have some tracks from a particular band or artist downloaded into your Zune, the new feature will trigger your device if new tracks from that artist is available for downloads. However, you must have Wi-Fi hotspots or some sort of phone capabilities equipped to your Zune device in order for the application to function. So look forward to October 16th when the new Zune comes out.

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