Orange Zune Spotted on eBay!

Who would’ve thought that Microsoft actually slipped in some Orange versions of the Zune too in that 100 limited editions! We’ve only been seeing a few Pink come up, but I guess there are quite a few Orange ones out there somewhere. πŸ™‚

A guy went to buy a White Zune, but ended up with an Orange, and thought that he could make some profit off of it, considering how recently, a Pink Zune was sold for $960 USD on eBay. He listed the item on eBay with a starting bid of $750!

Orange Zune

… which no one thought was worth it. I guess you’re stuck with the Orange one buddy. πŸ˜›

Unfortunately, he claimed that he won’t be relisting this… He could’ve probably made himself a few bucks if the pricing had actually begun lower…

To greedy? I think so too.

Zune Update Released

A bit late on this. πŸ™‚ Got all caught up with other work, but I just finished the updating for my Zune software and one thing that I immediately notice is speed.

Zune Update

The overall speed of the software have been heavily debated about after its initial launch. But with this update, fear no more. No more intense lags for those who are using a low-end computer. πŸ™‚ Heck, its as fast as Winamp for me. πŸ˜›

When you load up your Zune software, the software should immediately detect that there is an update available. Proceed on, if you wish to feel the new level of quality. πŸ™‚

Enjoy!

Vista Patch Coming Later Today

It has been a nagging part about using Vista a bit earlier than the rest of the world. Not being compatible with the Zune. But today, Cesar Menendez of Zune Insider have stated that Microsoft will be coming out with a 22 megabyte patch that will clear such problems.

Vista Logo

But to point out, this patch will not only be addressing Vista users. After the initial launch back in the 14th, the Zune software have come under much criticism after not installing properly on many computers. Cesar recommends that this will actually work as fix for this problem along with many other problems Zuners have been dealing with.

Great stuff Microsoft! A 1.2 firmware update and a patch!

Zune Firmware 1.2 Arrives Before Christmas!

I guess Microsoft did keep their promise. πŸ™‚ A week before Christmas and here we are with the 1.2 firmware update. Already positives reviews regarding this firmware are spreading. Some say the Zune overall have gotten faster. But still, it seems as if some of the problems with 1.1, especially the skipping between songs seem to still exist for some Zunes.

Zune Firmware Update

We encourage everyone who have updated their Zune to 1.2 to visit our forums and make a comment on this update. πŸ™‚

Thanks!

Want a Pink Zune?

Firstly, no, Wired Zune isn’t giving out a Pink Zune. πŸ˜‰ But for those who are hoping to snatch one out of the hundred released, check this picture out. You are actually told that you’ll be receiving a Pink Zune, even though the boxing may look different.

Pink

I wonder if in the international launch, more pink Zunes will be released… Probably not though. πŸ™

Cnet’s Zune vs. iPod Battle

Cnet once again comes out with a unique approach to all the Zune reviews. Heck, at least this time, it’ll be a lot more fun to actually watch than just watch some guru come out and talk about the Zune. πŸ˜‰

Veronica Belmont

In the interesting Prize Fight series, the host, Veronica Belmont, gives each device a certain amount of points in 5 different categories. The result is 19-20, for the iPod, but Veronica does indeed point out some key parts to both the iPod and the Zune. A pretty fun review to look at, if you’re indecisive about which to buy for the Holidays, but don’t want to read pages after pages of reviews, this should be an interesting watch.

Link to video: Part 1 | Part 2

I’m a Zune.

Microsoft tends to have a little “internal” humor type of video for their employees, and it seems as if one of them got leaked! Kudos to ZuneBoards for leaking this, as the clip itself is pretty funny. For your pleasure, here’s the clip.

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I wish I worked in Microsoft. πŸ˜‰

Zune, Harder Than Waldo?

I’m sure you all remember the days when you used to stay home flipping through a crazy picture book, looking for a guy with a red and white striped clothes. Some places, it was quite easy to find him. Sometimes, it took forever. Well… Zune is somewhat in the same situation…

San Francisco Zune

While Microsoft is promoting their Zune slogan, “Welcome to the Social”, in reality, the Zune world isn’t too social at all. CNET News.com reporter Ina Fried tried to find another Zune user to connect with in the San Francisco area. Sadly enough, she could only find one person with their Zune running in San Francisco. The MSN Messenger may be good at connecting people, but it seems as if even after nearly a month after the launch of the Zune, there still isn’t too many Zune users.
After time passes and the word on Zune is actually spread, unlike the somewhat poor advertising by Microsoft, the “social” part of the Zune should pickup. But as of, the slogan by Microsoft, to some extent, seems false.

A couple points in the article though, seems to have room for error. One is that the Zune is only in its first generation, so you shouldn’t expect someone from one side of SF to be able to network with someone at the other side. Second, keeping the WiFi feature on has proven to drain the battery quite quickly, so this could be another reason why Ina may not have detected a Zune, even if she may have been sitting beside someone with a Zune.

The “social” part of the Zune should definitely start picking up sometime early 2007.

Microsoft Wants WMA/WMV Authority?

“I believe Microsoft came out with Zune not to counter the iPod hardware but to make WMV/WMA relevant again. To be more precise they had to counter the iPod to make their CODEC relevant, but they don’t care about the hardware itself, they care about the CODEC, and that’s the exact opposite of Apple. Apple’s iPod plays many different CODECs, just none of Microsoft’s offerings. Apple wants users to buy their hardware and they use their software to get to you. If Microsoft can get their CODEC back into the masses they can then control the rights to use that CODEC and rights to manufacture hardware that can decode their CODEC. Controlling rights = charging money. It’s big, big money and big, big business (see MPEG 1, 2, 4 for examples of this). Microsoft can’t afford for the Zune to fail. They have too much at stake here. Apple didn’t make a huge impact with the 1st generation iPod, it wasn’t until they made it work with Windows that it really took off. So too will be the path of Zune. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the Zune, but I also think Microsoft has a lot of fight in them and they know that they can’t afford to lose this war, but they can afford to lose a few battles.”Β  (Benjamin J. Higginbotham – Techonlogy Evangilist)

Whether true or not, Mr. Higginbotham brings up an interesting point. Did Microsoft truly enter this media player market to regain the once almighty WMA and WMVs? Obviously, Microsoft is seriously late into the market, if they are actually seeking major profit from the player. But then, Xbox was successful, even if it did come into the gaming industry late.

The fact that Zune is actually working in correlation with the Xbox, the Media Center, Vista, etc. also brings up on eye on how regaining their power in medias once again could be the real reason why the Zune was released. Months ago, Robbie mentioned Zune as the “Last piece of the puzzle” and this phrase could be the hint that Microsoft is actually trying to regain their authority in digital medias.

This definitely is a mind boggling thought as only Microsoft knows the truth behind the Zune. Head on over to our forums and give us your opinion on this topic!

How Does Zune for 90 Sound?

It’s the Holiday season and the perfect time to get yourself a Zune, if you don’t have one yet. Is the cost for a 30GB player a bit pricy? No worries then, as Amazon is giving an opportunity for 1,000 people to buy a Zune for only 90 USD!

Although it has not yet been decided on which of the four products will be sold at this incredibly low price, if we can get enough people to vote for the Zune as the one to be sold, then 1,000 lucky people will be receiving their Zunes at a mere 90 bucks. Make sure you go and vote for it, if you’re hoping to snatch one! Even if you already have one, a vote would be appreciated by those who haven’t got their Zunes yet. Better yet, more Zunes in the world, the better the social! πŸ™‚

Vista Compatibility Coming January 30th!

I already mentioned about an update coming before Christmas. While the “hope” of it still lives, it seems as if a key update, the compatibility with Windows Vista, will actually be coming next year 2007 – January 30th.

Jason Reindorp, the Director of Marketing at Microsoft for their own branded digital mp3/media player, the Zune, has finally put Vista owners with a Zune out of their misery and has announced that Vista compatibility is coming on Jan 30.

We at Wired Zune now, aren’t too sure which source to trust. Cnet or iTWire, as they both are a credible source. But hopefully, Cnet will be right on with this one, as I personally can’t wait to update my black Zune. πŸ˜‰

Zune Update Before Christmas

It’s about time! The one that you all Zuners have probably been waiting for! πŸ˜‰ An update!

Personally, my Black Zune πŸ˜€ have been running great for me. No software problems. No major glitches. Pretty good for a first generation. But, it seems as if Zune wasn’t at a satisfactory level for the mass.

Therefore, Microsoft have claimed that an update will come before Christmas, which will fix issues such as the non useable with Windows Vista problems and various minor glitches. Note that this update will not feature any major new features to dazzle Zuners with, but it will be key fixes for the current released Zunes.

“It is plumbing stuff, but it is stuff customers will notice and appreciate,” Reindorp said. “It’s not going to be a whole new wireless scenario or anything like that.”

But not to get your hopes down too much. Zune will be coming with more features in the future. Just that it hasn’t been clearly outlined as of, according to Bill Gates.

“We’ll do more things,” Chairman Bill Gates said in an interview last month. “But, you know, we’re vague and mysterious about what that is. I mean, but we’re not just going to do media; we’ll do more.”

Great news for us all Zuners! πŸ™‚ Finally, there seems to be a light of hope for the Zune, within the massive media attacks since November 14th!

Hold Your YouTube Videos on Zune!

This is probably one of the most anticipated hacks ever due to the limitations of the Zune when it comes to videos. ShamansTears were able to get a quick hack going for the Zune. πŸ™‚ Now you can view your favorite YouTube videos on your 3 inch screen. πŸ˜‰

About time that we put that nice and big screen to some good use! πŸ™‚

The “Screen” Just Got Bigger!

Hey guys. I’m back from a week long trip in Singapore, for a THIMUN conference, but am back with an awesome news that just can’t be overlooked. πŸ˜‰ So what is this? Your 3 inch Zune screen can get bigger!

Technically, no, you’re not going to get a massive Zune. But for $250, you can get a nice VG-SD Video Glasses for your Zune, that will enable you to view your videos and/or movies on a 35 inch screen, 2 meters away!

The guys at 22Moo have produced such a pair of futuristic looking goggles and I’m highly considering trying one of these. While the product has not yet been tested by Wired Zune, by looking at the specifications and the pictures, it looks great! πŸ™‚ It also seems to work with various generations of the Apple iPod along with the Playstation, Xbox, Gamecube lines.

VG-SD Video Glasses

Apart from the fact that this device will probably increase accidents :P, the only disappointment that I see that could rise is the clarity of the videos. Enlarging from 3 inch to 35 inch is quite a big jump. It’d be awesome though if we could get a HD going for one of these. πŸ˜‰

VG-SD Video Glasses Black

Nonetheless, an awesome side product yet again!

Vaja Releases A New Collection For Zune

Our friends at Vaja Cases just officially released a new line of cases for the Microsoft Zune. Federico, the guy that does the marketing at Vaja Cases, just informed me via email, with these three awesome shots of their cases.

New Collection of Vaja Cases

According to their website, you can even customize your own case to your suitings! A simple math tells us that there is a 1000 possibilities, which includes the changing in color, printing your own text, or having a custom image on the case.

Classic Vaja Case for Zune
Classic Case

Balace Case for Zune
Balance Case

Vaja has a reputation for delivering top quality cases for all products. Their leather is full grain cowhide, which are specially selected in Argentina for its quality, strength, character, and grain. These leathers are made to be much cleaner than other ones and are used mainly with endurance in mind.

It looks as if these will be a hit! They’re amazing from the looks on the picture. πŸ™‚

Zune Firmware Hacked! Use It As A Harddrive!

The guys at Zune Boards have successfully hacked the Microsoft Zune firmware. According to their screenshots, it looks as if you’ll be able to use your Zune now as an external hard drive too!

This is a great day for all Zune users because it opens up another whole new dimension that the Zune could be used for. The hack has not yet been released, so I cannot comment further on this, but possibly, we could also take some preloaded content off from the Zune to our PC.

Great job Zune Boards! πŸ™‚

Zune: An iPod Killer?

While many iPod fans are looking down on the Zune, Apple is actually quite concerned with the release of the Microsoft Zune. The Zune itself now nearing its 10th day, but everyone agrees that is surely is no iPod killer. But can it be? Microsoft has the talent and Zune has the potential.

In my column “Why Microsoft’s Zune scares Apple to the core”, I argued that, unlike Apple’s overconfident iPod fans, Apple itself is taking Zune very seriously. In that column, I listed Zune attributes and Microsoft capabilities that could hit Apple where it counts — profit margin and market share. I never argued that Zune would be better than the iPod, or even that Zune would succeed. My sole point was that Apple is taking the Zune seriously as a threat to its profitable and dominant iPod line and has good reason to do so. (Mike Elgan – Computerworld)

Brown Zune Long

Mike Elgan at Computerworld definately knows what he’s talking about in his entry. Everyone probably agrees that the Zune may have been a bit rushed. From Argo to Zune in early-July, and then the launch in November that year. Definately, the first generation is nowhere near the quality that iPod delivers. Microsoft has successfuly persuaded many buyers through, but not limited to, the 3″ screen and the Wi-Fi capabilities. But, at this state, it definately isn’t an iPod killer. Elgan takes us through the Zune’s hardware issues, compatibility issues, usability issues, along with a possible way the Zune could decimate the iPod. Probably his strongest point is that for the Zune to suceed, it should in no way copy iPod, but instead, becoming a true anti-iPod. Such a turn could definately provoke some great competition between Microsoft and Apple.

Zune: Upgrade To 80GB!

A few days ago, we posted a postΒ on how you can successfully modify your Zune so that it’ll be able to hold a 40GB harddrive.

Zune Logo

Well, guess what? The guys at iPodMods have done it again! They’ve now released a way that you can replace the Zune harddrive with an 80GB harddrive and still have the cover fit the whole drive!

Click here to check out there once again, amazing modification! You can also buy these harddrives directly the shop at iPodMods.

It’ll only beΒ a matter of time until the Zuners have an immense Zune harddrive. I suspect that with such modifications going on, some harddrive manufacturers may actually try to develop a harddrive especially for the Zune.

ZuneCast! Feed Your Zune!

It’s November 20th. Six days since the Zune launched. But already, we are having unofficial modifications for the Zune coming out. The first being… FeedYourZune.

Feed Your Zune Logo

Widely known as Podcasting, FeedYourZune allows such an option now for your Zune. πŸ™‚ Get this unofficial program to enjoy:

– Automated download and syncing of Audio and Video Podcasts to your Zune.
– Full featured RSS video playback. Supports all video formats.
– Discover thousands of amazing Video and Audio Podcasts with the built in Channel Guides from Network2, FireAnt, and more to come!
– Open web architecture – supports RSS, BitTorrent, and Blog Permalinks.
– Create playlists, favorites, manage disk space, and more…

The program itself is pretty powerful. Straight out of the box, you’ll be able to get your Podcasts going without much or any configuration.

Many more of such programs will come eventually, but we can tell you that FeedYourZune is a heck of a useful addon to install on your Zune. Heck, your PC version of “Zune” even works great with it! We’re loving it! πŸ˜‰

Upgrade Your Zune To 40GB!

First off, no, it’s not something that Microsoft is offering. Just to let you know, it is something that is also quite risky. But if you are willing to risk it and try to get that extra 10GB, then continue on.

Zune HDD Upgrade

The guys at iPodMods found out that the ZIF drives from Toshiba is actually compatible with your Zune. In fact, you could actually put a 60GB or a 80GB drive in your Zune, although the downside is that you won’t be able to put the back cover on again.

If you want to go ahead and try it out, here’s an extensive walkthrough by iPodMods.