EMI Will Load Microsoft Zune!

It has been confirmed that the London based company, EMI, will be providing Microsoft Zune with music videos for the launch. We have already mentioned that 30 Seconds To Mars will also be pre-loading Zune with its products, along with Hot Chip.

No other information has been released as of and we don’t know right now if EMI will provide Zune with more content than just music videos.

Check back at Wired Zune to get further news on this later on!

News! Zune Design Leaked!

Yes! It’s been leaked!

Zune Design Leaked!

The image of the Zune looks somewhat very similar to the design that we have been showing you on our header the whole time! Here, we have Zune with the cool earphones that’ll be avaliable for you in November. 😉

By the way, this is not a black version of Zune. The picture is in black and white. It was editted this way to prevent Microsoft from finding out the leaker. Currently, the 150 Zune’s have a UNIQUE color scheme so that Microsoft will be able to detect who has which Zune.

Thanks goes to Gizmodo for the information.

Wired Zune will be sure to update everyone if any more news comes out.

Zune Confirmed To Have Pre-loaded Content

It has been confirmed that Zune will be coming with pre-loaded content.

iPod have been speculated many times to have pre-loaded content with its special versions. Zune was no different. But these speculations seem as if they will come true!

A developer of Microsoft’s upcoming device, Zune, said that the player will come with pre-loaded content.

There are talks of how these content will be from groups such as 30 Seoncds to Mars, Cansei de Ser Sexy, and Hot Chip. It has also been confirmed by ZuneInsider and Madison and Pine that an audio and a video version of the content will be provided, which also shows that Zune will definately have the video feature.

If more information regarding this talk is released, Wired Zune will be sure to get you right updated!

Razer Pro|Type Hold Hands w/ Zune?

Personally, I have been holding off on posting this one as it seemed too much of a speculation. But with a bit more news regarding this topic coming up, I thought heck, I might as well post it at Wired Zune too, although most of you probably know.

It seems like Razer has some sort of a keyboard that can act together with Zune, like thier iPod version. The image seems way too similar to the iPod version to say the truth, but anyways, here’s the picture.

Zune Razer Keyboard


Pricing! Zune will be $299!

Hey there folks! What has been one of our biggest waits, the pricing, has been revealed!

It has been reported that currently, Microsoft is looking for retailers who will showcase the first generation of Zune. The new baby will first come in three colors and is said that it’ll cost around $299.

Regarding Zune’s Wi-Fi capabilities have also been released. (A bit) According to these retailers, Zune will have limited Wi-Fi capabilities. Unlike the sepculated idea of purchasing songs in a wireless connection, TWICE reported that Zune will have to be connceted to a PC to actually purchase songs. Retailers have also stated that Zune will allow users to “bookmark” songs that they can also share with others.

Retailers have also opened their mouthes regarding Zune’s diskspace. It seems like Microsoft will be coming out with a 30GB hard drive to match iPod’s new device that will possibly be released in November 2006.

Once we get more information, we’ll be sure to update you on Zune! Check back in a few days for more information!

Some Clarifications…

Recently, we have reported that possibly, Zune may not have some video features. But, according to two people who work closely in the Zune field have reported that these speculations are not true.

According to ZuneInsider.com:

Allow me to introduce you to my old friend: rumor and speculation 😉

There’s been some discussion around here recently about this NY Post story. My take on it: the story confuses the ability to play video with the way users purchase video (they call it the “video store”). And it’s all based on, you guessed it, rumor and speculation. So here’s the official word: we haven’t announced anything with regards to either.

Zune is built around digital entertainment, and we’re doing some interesting things that I think will change the whole landscape. That’s’ the reason I wanted to move to Zune (besides the chance to get one free). What I’m most excited about is the approach we’re taking to community, and the way music – and video – is discovered, discussed, and shared. . . More as I have it.

Also from MadisonAndPine.com:

Hey there! I’ve been seeing a ton of crazy speculation out there about video on the Zune device as well as this article from the NY Post. Here’s what I know. I have seen the device running great quality video, actually I was asked to do a check on some video that had been encoded for me for the device. Looks rather good actually! For more check out Cesar’s blog over at Zune Insider Thought I’d share, because I care!

There we go! It seems that maybe these speculations may not be true at all…

Zune, NO Video?

We have some breaking news that has as well been shocking for us too.

According to reliable sources, it seems as if Microsoft will be delaying the video feature for Zune. If this is so, most likely Zune will get “smeared” by Apple’s new device coming out in November.

This new turning point will definately put pressure both in Microsoft and Apple’s hands. If Microsoft is to show video capabilites in the first generation of Zune, Apple will all of a sudden have to play a new game of catch-up. BUT, if Microsoft cannot establish this feature in the device, Apple will most likely take a huge lead in sales and fanbase as many insiders are predicting that Apple will try to come out with a video iPod before the holiday seasons.

Here are a few extra links:

New York Post, Techweb Bloomberg

Some Pictures to Enjoy…

Here are a few pictures regarding Zune lately. The first two pictures are from ZuneInsider.com, which is a blog that Cesar Menendez operates. He is currently an employee at Microsoft and is working under the Zune department. Believe or not, your choice, but Cesar managed to get us two great shots (well, decent…) of the latest Zune production.

Zune ideas?

Hardware area?

Here’s another picture. It seems like it went under some Photoshop work, but heck, at Wired Zune, we deal with speculations too. 🙂 This is a picture of the possible Zune color types.

3 Color Combinations

Enjoy! 🙂

November 14, 2006?

I’m sure that all of you know this by now, but just incase you didn’t, Zune will be officially launching on November 14, 2006.

We also have much more information regarding its possible specs.

30 GB HDD, three color options (black, brown, cotton), 13 first party accessories (meaning from Microsoft), FM tuner, and another thing to add – 50% larger screen size that the current iPod.

This is the latest update that we have been aware of, but I’m sure that Microsoft will leak more and more information as time passes by.

Keep checking back at Wired Zune for your latest Zune updates!

The Last Piece of the Puzzle: Zune

Here we are at Wired Zune reporting after Microsoft’s Financial Analyst Meeting 2006! And! We have some great Zune! Yes Zune! New for YOU!

On the day before the meeting, Wired Zune made a prediction that Zune will be a hot topic discussed about in the meeting. We even said that Robbie Bach will be one of the ones that will tell us the most information. We were right.

Microsoft’s president in Entertainment & Devices Division made a few points.

Microsoft will be viewing their new portable media player, Zune (Yes, Robbie said Zune!), as not some device that they’ll slap together in a few months. Although this Fall in United States, Zune will be released, Microsoft will be investing in this product as if it was a long-term project. Unlike other products by various companies, Bach clearly said that Microsoft will be involved in the hardware, software, and services related to Zune to maximize the customer’s experience to the greatest level.

Bach also stated that Zune’s investment and the strategic approach to the portable media entertainment market will be very different compared to Xbox and Xbox 360’s approach to the gaming industry. He also stated that Zune will be the system that will complete the story on what Microsoft intends to do.

One of the first things that Bach feels Zune will help “complete the story” is its sense of trying to create a community.

Bach says, “I think the number one thing I would point to, and I talked about this briefly earlier, is community. When you go to any music site today, what do you do? Well, today, you can buy music, but it’s hard to meet your friends there, it’s hard to share music there, hard to share music experiences there, hard to find out information about your favorite bands, and what they’re doing, and where their next concert is, and how you can get there. That whole community aspect, which is what we do on Xbox Live, absolutely applies in other entertainment spaces as well. And so we think community is a fundamental part of what has to happen here, and a place where we have real experience, both from our Xbox experience, as well as from our Windows Live and MSN experiences, where we can drive some very exciting things here.”

What other manufacturers failed at, was this sense of community. But with Zune, Bach hints this sense of what possibly could be Xbox Live style with Zune. Zune Live (ZuneLive.com is registered by Microsoft). This is just a high speculation from Wired Zune and many other insiders. But no doubt, whatever Microsoft has up their sleeves regarding this feature will no doubt bring the sales up.

Another thing Bach hints about Zune is the video feature. The first few generations of iPod did not have this feature. But it seems as if Microsoft will be targeting what Bach feels is something that even if you weren’t a Hollywood director, you can create. Videos. “Video now is not just a list of things that are produced by Hollywood, it’s video that’s produced by individuals around the world. It’s family videos. It’s friends’ videos. It’s funny community videos. It’s a user-created content. And so figuring out how you can help people discover the world of what they want, and then enabling them to share it with their friends are two sort of sides of the same coin that are secret to what we have to do with Zune and the services that we’re going to drive there.”

Bach clearly feels that everything that Microsoft has so far drawn on their canvas, will be somewhat done when Zune is showcased in Fall.

“We have Xbox Live, MSN, and our Windows Live initiatives expanding. Put all of those things together, and then take Zune and put it in the context of that. It enables us to complete the picture. It enables us to have the full entertainment and connected entertainment experice that we want to have. And so that’s why Zune is important, and it is a way we’re going to differentiate ourselves, because the experience of having Zune in that connected environment is going to be a dramatically better experience than you get just from having a portable music player.”

Zune seems like it won’t be your average portable music player. Although we do not have a finalized specifications of Zune yet, it seems like Zune will surprise quite a lot of us in Fall. But will Microsoft stop from there?

Well, Robbie Bach says, “There will obviously be more on that as we go forward in the marketplace, but we’re very excited about the entry there.”

Zune. Will it be the last piece of puzzle that will finalize Microsoft’s part in our daily lives?

Only time will tell.

Keep checking back at Wired Zune for further updates regarding the meeting and info about the upcoming, Zune!

Microsoft Analyst Meeting ’06: Zune?

With the Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting 2006 coming up this Thursday, Wired Zune can safetly say that there will be some sort of a discussion regarding Zune going on in the meeting room.

We’re expecting some sort of a discussion regarding Zune, starting from Robie Bach, the President in the Entertainment & Devices Division at Microsoft. Most likely, talks regarding Zune’s specific features, its marketing idea, partners, etc. will be discussed.

Check back on Thursday here at Wired Zune for the full report on what happened at the meeting. We’re sure that you and even us, will be in for a surprise…