53% Says No To Zune.

GigaOM have been running a survey since the day Zune launched, and it seems like many people are not exactly preferring the Zune after a lot of negative comments regarding the device were put up by various consumers. These comments include the Zune software not being installed, the device not looking as “sharp” as seen in the pictures, and the Zune not having some “expected” and “basic” features such as deleting your music straight from your Zune.

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Currently, the Microsoft Zune team is going through all their support requests. We should have a new firmware release in December or sometime early in 2007. It’s confirmed that there won’t be any new features for now, but Microsoft will most likely give their full attention to bring their sales up and get the hype going once again, after somewhat of a disappointment.

If you’re enjoying your Zune, make sure you visit some Microsoft blogger’s blogs to complement them for their hard work! The Zune’s potential is huge and Microsoft will make sure that they reach it to the fullest, although the media may not be too happy about it right now.

Zune Released In Canada?!

Zune seems to already be going international! Well… we all know that eBay already has some great Zune auctions going on, but from Canada, you can now purchase your own Zune! Not through a local dealer though… but via online!

Zune Canada

TigerDirect.ca are already selling the Zunes on their website. The prices are in CAD with CAD taxes. For some odd reason, the Black Zune is priced at a lower price than the White and the Brown, when they all should cost the same. Nonetheless, you people at Canada can now order your Zunes! πŸ™‚

I have no idea how they are actually managing to sell these units when they are only to be distributed in US. Unless you receive your Zune from another person as a gift or so, I’m pretty sure that the Zune can’t be distributed outside of US through places like TigerDirect… Take your risk, if you badly want your Zune and you’re living in Canada…

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New Features? A Bit Later…

Recently, the guys over at ClicZune were given a chance to interview David Caulton, the man behind Zunester. According to their interview, it seems as if we may not be seeing “major” improvements with the Zune in the next couple months.

“In this interview, we learned that we are not going to see new features for the 30Gb Zune player before spring. We might have a firmware update in January but only for small adjustments.” (ClicZune)

Brown Zune Long

The Zune’s potential is unimaginable as of. Especially its wireless capabilities have been the rather shining parts of the Zune, compared to its competitor, the iPod. Most likely, the upgrades will be presented via the automatic updating of the Zune firmware, when you connect it to your PC. On the 14th, many people reported that a wireless capability was not available with the default firmware, and once upgrading to 1.1 (the current version), the wireless features were activated. Some things we can also look forward to our options such as the user being able to manage their music using the Zune only. Bill Wittress, the runner of ZuneGuy, commented that one of the things that is needed the most right now for the Zune is the ability to delete your music without connecting to the PC. We’ll see if this feature is added on the 1.2, but don’t get your hopes too high already because Microsoft is said to be responding to the various issues that have risen since the launch on the 14th.

Zune: The Origin

Remember the time when we referred to our beloved player as Argo? Then, in early July, we were all “hit” with a new name — Zune. Where’d this name come from?

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“The creative strategy was quite simple: Don’t try to be like iPod or to beat iPod,” he said. Instead, he had to “create a new word that will help Microsoft to create a distinct personality.” (David Placek, CEO of Lexicon)

I guess that the name wasn’t all developed by Microsoft, but indeed, was from another creative mind outside of Microsoft. Nonetheless, the name is starting to make itself out amongst the people, even outside of US. Microsoft seems to be bound to create yet another brand.

If you’re by any chance interested in the full origin of the name, Zune, check it out here! Thanks TTC!

Welcome to the social

Finally. The day that we’ve been waiting for since the talk of Zune being its final name back in early-July.

CruchGear's  Zune Pictures

Today, the Microsoft Zune is now available to the public! We’re proud of it, even when we aren’t Microsoft’s employees. πŸ˜‰ Imagine how the guys at Microsoft must feel. Yup, just amazing! Eager to get one of these, I called nearly every electronic store I know of to get one (I’m getting a Black!) but no luck as of as most dealers told me to come tomorrow. πŸ™
Well, other than the fact that I’m here to tell you about the launch of Zune, I’m also here to tell you on the future of Wired Zune. Microsoft Zune is now released and some things will be changing here at Wired Zune:

First off, our ZuneStyles.com will be going live this weekend. As you know, we currently hold the domain and is under no use. We’re planning on redirecting Zune Styles to our Zune download section. Currently, on my desktop, I’ve got a couple hundred backgrounds for your Zunes and will constantly be adding more, along with other various modifications for the Zune.

Our group of staff members will also be going “live” through the Wired Zune site and the forums. πŸ˜‰ We are still open to more applications, so check out this entry from a while ago and get your applications in! We have big dreams for Wired Zune, so we need great people to help it reach its potential!

We’d also like to redirect our attention to the current ongoing Zune giveaway competition in our forums. Check it out because you may be getting a free Zune as an early Christmas present from us! πŸ˜‰

Lastly, we’d like to mention that we’ll be doing a weekly roundup every week so anyone who’s gone for a week or so can check out our weekly roundup sections to catch up on the latest Zune news.

More are to come as this is just a little peak on what we’ll be doing now, since the “social” has begun!

Keep visiting Wired Zune for the #1 Zune information on the net!

Best Buy “Leaks” a Zune!

I guess a salesman at Best Buy decided to sell a Zune a bit too early. πŸ˜‰ Not that we care. One lucky person got their Zune a few days earlier than the rest of us! Only problem is that the customer can’t install the software. πŸ™ πŸ˜› I guess I’m going to be heading down to Best Buy right now to see if a guy can leak me one too. πŸ™‚

Welcome!

Welcome to the social! πŸ˜‰

Gear Live Dissects a Zune!

You probably have all dissected a frog in your science lab. But how about a Zune? The guys over at Gear Live decided to get their curiosity to reality.

Zune Dissected

Unfortunately, they beat me to it. πŸ™ (Was going to go buy one tomorrow or in a few days…) Nevertheless, they got some nice shots of the inside of the Zune, so I’m satisfied. But maybe… maybe… I’ll go and still try to dissect one as who knows if Gear Live may have missed an important section or not…

Check out Gear Live’s site to see more pictures!

Marketplace Will Let You Download Again!

Gizmodo just reported that unlike iTunes, the Zune Marketplace will allow you to re-download your songs up to 5 times, and in case needed to more, can easily be done by contacting the Marketplace staff. Yet another reason why you should get the Zune!
How will this fair?

Microsoft is raising the bar for Apple once again. As you iPod/iTunes users know, Apple wants you to backup your own music. In a sense, by not providing a re-download service, Apple actually saves lots of money in fields such as bandwidth, server resources, etc. Well, Microsoft seems like they’ll actually “give up” the additional bonuses that’ll be left in a case where they don’t provide the re-download service.

With an aggressive move by Microsoft, let’s see how Apple reacts to this!

Confirmed: Microsoft Will NOT Credit You!

Remember our post about Microsoft crediting you for sharing songs? And then, we had the whole hype knocked out of the picture after Cesar’s post. But, on October 30th, Gizmodo released a PDF file saying that possibly, Microsoft will credit you. So… what’s going on?!

Well… we have an official answer.

As you know, Cesar, the guy that runs Zune Insider stated clearly that such a “credit” will not exist for the Zune as of. But, the guys at Gizmodo came with a PDF file that got us going once again, so I decided, heck, why not ask another that is working with the Zune? Bill Wittress. The man that powers ZuneGuy.

I decided to ask him regarding this “controversy” or a “rumor” you might say. I even gave him the PDF file and pointed him to the Gizmodo page. All he had to say was:

“Still not true. πŸ™‚

(That) Research is an entirely different part of the company.”

Rumor resolved. πŸ˜‰

Zune.net

Well, unfortunately, Microsoft was not able to pickup Zune.com. Nonetheless, Zune.net is still pretty cool.

Officially launched on November 3rd, Zune.net is developing everyday and should be packed with some awesome stuff by November 14th. Currently, it offers Zune advertisements which we posted a few days ago, along with some accessory information.

Anyways, nothing more to explain on this one. πŸ˜‰

Oh yes, I’d also like to mention that you should send in your applications pretty quickly because already a couple have submitted their applications via email. Make sure that you send them in to applications@wiredzune.com to be part of the Wired Zune team!

See the Zune… on TV!

It’s about time that Microsoft began to display advertisements on the TV. Recently, billboards promoting the Zune has been popping up here and there. I’ve seen a few posters myself. Stickers are being given out. Yeah, that’s great. But nothing’s as good as an advertisement that you can watch on your plasma TV. πŸ˜‰

Check out these advertisements!

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Research Reports 58% Possibly Will Convert

After all, the Microsoft Zune may be putting a bigger threat on Apple iPod than many predicted.

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According to a research done by ABI, many MP3 consumers – including iPod users – are thinking of converting to the Microsoft Zune.

When 1,725 teenage and adult US residents were asked whether they planned to buy an MP3 player in the next 12 months, of those responding they were likely to do so, 58 percent revealed they were β€œsomewhat likely” or β€œextremely likely” to choose a Microsoft Zune player over the iPod or another MP3 player brand.

This 58 percent that were likely to go the way of the Microsoft Zune – all identified themselves as existing iPod owners. The respondents owning other brands, 59 percent, were also β€œsomewhat or extremely likely” to purchase the Microsoft Zune as opposed to another brand – including the iPod.

Now, it is up to Microsoft to actually release a product that will be eye-catching and featured filled.

I personally feel that if the Zune were to truly put up a record breaking sales, they’ll need something more for generation two of the Zune. Many have already stated the rather “not flashy enough-ness” of the WiFi song sharing feature. Sure, it’s an original idea (to some extent) and pretty neat and easy to share your songs, but it isn’t that impressive.

The market for MP3 players is a pretty saturated market and if Zune were to be successful, they’ll need that extra icing.

Limited Edition Zune! Up for Silent Auction!

Ok. So we know that mostly everyone wants the “hot” Brown Zune. But you want something even cooler? A limited edition color? Well, here’s your chance!

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La Brea Massive Zunes

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La Brea Massive stands for three of the most popular store/brands in La Brea L.A. This includes Stussy, Union, and Undftd. Well, these guys decided to go and make us all drool once again. πŸ˜‰ La Brea Massive is auctioning off a customized Zune pack which includes the Zune, Shure E5c earphones, JBL on tour portable loudspeakers, and ZeroHalliburton 5″ black aluminum attache. Two of these kits will be avaliable per store with the store’s logo at the back of the Zune along with the staff’s hand picked playlist pre-loaded in the Zune.

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Interview with Bitter:Sweet

With the Zune nearing its release, we thought that it’d be great to catch up with someone that actually is in a way, part of the Zune. Bitter:Sweet.

Bitter:Sweet

Bitter:Sweet Interview Questions

Wired Zune: First off, can you say hello to the Wired Zune readers and introduce yourselves abit?
Bitter:Sweet:
Hello there lovely’s. We’re Shana and Kiran of Bitter:Sweet!

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Microsoft Won’t Credit You

Well… Not too good of a news to report. πŸ™

Remember our post about a rumor that Microsoft may credit you for sharing songs? Well, it seems like that may not be true at all…

According to Cesar from Zune Insider:

“I can tell you that we have no plans to pay people to share songs sent via Zune to Zune sharing.”

Well… the idea was great while it was a rumor! πŸ˜‰ Maybe Microsoft will implement this in the future as the idea is definately great!

Share and Earn!

There are rumors regarding a possible “free credits” for sharing your songs!

Zune’s WiFi capabilities, although not that great, is something that many are still looking forward to. We already know that when you share a song, the person that receives the song will be able to listen to it up to three times within three days of receiving the song. After the three plays or days, that user will be able to purchase that song at the Marketplace. Well, the fun doesn’t end there according to the recent rumors!

It is said that if your friend was to purchase the shared song, you’ll be credited for “referring” a sale! Sort of like a sales commission! You are to receive a certain amount of credits (How much? We don’t know yet.) that will enable you to purchase some free songs. Wired Zune thinks that these credits will be the Microsoft Points that Microsoft has announced a few weeks ago. RapidShare, a file sharing website, has a similar concept and it has proven to be extremely successful in increasing the sales and the popularity of RapidShare. Smart move by Microsoft? πŸ˜‰

More to come as information is leaked.

A little bit slow on updates…

Recently, I’ve been quite sick, so I wasn’t able to update the site. I’m sure you probably have all heard about this, but we’ll just update you for those who haven’t read about it yet.

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Our buddies at CruchGear decided to go to Soup Up Cafe, where Cesar (ZuneInsider) was going to do a little showcase of the Zune. Unforunately, they weren’t allowed to get any shots of the UI, but hey, the images are great too! πŸ™‚ Cesar managed to bring all three color variations of the Zune.

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CruchGear's  Zune Pictures

And a video for you to enjoy while waiting. πŸ˜‰

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I’m right now kicking myself for missing out on this one, once again. πŸ™

Source: CruchGear

Interview with Zune BETA Tester — Gear Live

Our friends at Gear Live have once again, “caught” a BETA tester of the Microsoft Zune. πŸ˜‰ (You guys are so lucky!)

These BETA testing buddies were “caught” by the Gear Live team at the Podcast Media Expo. One lucky dude was able to get a hold of something we’ve been trying to convince Microsoft to send us for a review. πŸ™ Anyways, he’s a BETA tester, with a Black Zune (Microsoft didn’t give him the Brown one because that’s the one everyone’s after! ;)), and just to tell you, he’s not affiliated with Microsoft.

Here’s a quick summary we organized for you from the clip:

  • Magnetic Earphones: These really help you not have tangled earphones.
  • Radio Presets: Great for those who are fans of radios.
  • You can locate your songs through albums, artists, playlists, genres, songs, etc.
  • If you’ve got thousands of songs (this guy’s got like 4000), and you want to listen to a specific song, you can use the Quicklist feature.
  • Possibly, you may be able to set up the Zune with your Media Center to import videos from your TV. (Unconfirmed)
  • Automatically imports pictures from your PC. You can then, watch them using like a slideshow!
  • Have to use the Zune Marketplace. Files from iTunes, MSN, etc. won’t work with the Zune.
  • BUT! You can rip songs from your CDs and store them in your Zune.
  • Guys with Brown Zunes have some authority. πŸ˜‰

Here’s some pics (10) that we personally took for those who can’t see the video.

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CBS Unboxes Zune

Chris Stephenson of CBS (formerly Microsoft) had the “honor” to unbox the Zune infront of all drooling watchers (including me). He gives us a sneak peek of the Zune from the packaging to the backgrounds, etc. I guess I’ll be dishing out for quite a bit of Zunes in the next few years if Microsoft is to be releasing more and more generations of the Zune!

Zune Unboxing

Warning: Not recommended for those who want to truly be amazed. πŸ™‚ Wait for Nov. 14th I tell you! πŸ˜‰

CBS Link

Zune vs. iPod

Thanks to Jake Luddington, we have an awesome, real shot comparing the sizes of both the Zune and the iPod.

Zune vs. iPod Screen

We knew that the Zune screen would be bigger. But wow. πŸ™‚

Zune vs. iPod Side-by-Side

A shot of the Zune and the iPod together. Zune seems quite big, considering how the iPod is also a bit big compared to players from Samsung and irivier.

Zune vs. iPod Edge

Zune and the iPod from the sides. Zune seems a lot bigger from this angle too. But surprisingly enough, it weighs lesser than the 80 GB iPod!

Zune vs. iPod Stacked

Is it just me or does it seem like the iPod is resting on the Zune?

Zune Album Art

Great shot. One of the best yet since the clips from Gear Live! πŸ™‚

Zune Song List

Another awesome photo. The stuff at the top of the screen… Possibly a way to sort your music?

Great shots once again! Thanks Jake!