Zune Mistaken

Eric found a great deal on a refurbished Zune. After placing an order on overstockdealz.com he received his package after a few days. In it was a $8 Zune cable. The following is from a letter he wrote.

He says that he placed an order fro a 30 gb Zune as a gift for his wife. After a few days when the package showed up he had only the sync cable for the Zune in it which is worth just $7.99.
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UK To Wait For Zune Till 2009

The Zune has been a big success in the US. UK consumers will have to wait till 2009 for the Zune, it seems. Reports from France suggest that the launch of the Zune MP3 players in Europe has been deferred to 2009.

Earlier sources had suggested that Microsoft was to launch the Zune in the UK sometime this year. However those waiting for the Zune will have to wait a bit more as the popular MP3 player from Microsoft will be launched in the UK only in 2009.
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Zune and XNA

Chris Satchell recently gave an in-depth Gamasutra interview. He discussed Zune community gaming. There was also a demo of Wolfenstein 3D and plans to make Zune dev very essential to the XNA Game Studio.

After the synthesis of the XNA game studio and Zune portability, more and more developers can easily develop games for the MS Zune. Although Satchell readily admits that the Zune is not primarily a gaming device, he says that test were surprising as the Zune proved to be very effective at entertaining gamers.
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Why You Should Be Wary Of Free Downloads

After you buy your Zune, you need to fill er up with music. Now music is substantially cheaper than gas these days, but it is still expensive. It could cost you $0.99 per music download. However, for some there is another way out.

Some people like to download free music movies, videos and games. There are also free sites that offer these downloads. However you should know what you risk when you download from such sites.
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Cheap Music For Your Zune

For those who have bought the new Zune, they know how much good music on the Zune means to them. However it is often expensive to get good music for the Zune. Everyone wants their favorite songs – Hotel California, Stairway to Heaven or any other on their Zune. Sometimes it hurts the wallet, though.

Zune downloads are available aplenty from sites like Napster and even Microsoft’s own Zune Marketplace. Each download costs about $0.99. When you download Zune music in the scores this can turn out to be extremely expensive, especially if you are a teen.

At first sight free sites seem like a good option for downloading Zune music but these sites are often chock a block with viruses and malware so be careful! One great option is to rip music from a CD that you already own. This is a great option for Zune music.

You should know that the file formats you rip to must be compatible with the Zune. Another great option is downloading the Zune music from sites that charge only a one time fee and offer unlimited downloads. This is a great cheap option for Zune Music downloads.

Windows Mobile and Zune To Be Converged

A Zune phone is not likely in the near future. Still Microsoft is looking for a closer integration between the Zune and Windows Mobile phones. In fact Microsoft is looking for feedback from users on ways to better converge the two. An open question was asked on the Windows Mobile blog about how to achieve better convergence between the Windows Mobile and Zune.

More that 50 commentators have come up with suggestions. A common thread among many suggestions is that WMV on the Windows Mobile Devices should be removed and the Zune software should be installed instead. Another suggestion was creating a media player that works on both devices.
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Hot Chip Exclusive Track On Zune Marketplace From Feb 26

As the Zune “Ignition” artist for February, Hot Chip is releasing a track titled “So Deep” for the Zune Marketplace, exclusively. The release date was February 26 and the track will be available for a period of one month.

Hot Chip is also offering a Zune Freebie. Labled “Made In The Dark”, this is a track by track breakdown of the new album. There is also an exclusive guestlist. The guestlist features tracks that the band has carefully chosen. MSN is helping the promotion as well by offering a promotional download exclusively which features behind the scenes footage from the making of “Ready for the Floor”, the video.
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