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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Eighth Graders Test Zune

Two classes have been selected nationwide to test the new MS Zune. One of them is Eric Langhorst’s class. So if you see his students listening to music, they are probably hard at study. Eric Langhorst is a social studies teacher in the South Valley Junior High School. His students are testing the new MS Zune, which allows easy transfer of video, audio, pictures and music, wirelessly.

Langhorst has recieved nationwide recognition for his work in student learning, with an incorporation of technology. He uses “studycasts” which are downloadable podcasts which can be listened to on an MP3 player, iPod or computer. Langhorst has also worked with Microsoft, including discussions on the use of the Zune in classroom learning.
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Zunevolution

Digital entertainment has evolved just as humans have. Like humans. the finest of the species have trekked the long road to perfection, digital entertainment has had a period of evolution as well. From the neanderthal beginnings of digital entertainment – the idiot box and DVD players, which could not be at many places at one time, to the Windows Media Center.

Soon after came wireless networking with its 802.11G and 802.11n standards that were fast enough for streaming video. All you had to do to watch is connect through wi-fi even in different rooms and watch all around the house.
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The Zune As A Game Machine

Currently an important gaming convention is on in San Fransisco called the Game Developers Conference. Here many hugely entertaining games have been unveiled. For gamers there is more exciting news however. The Zune is to now assume a new avatar as a portable gaming machine.

The games for the Zune were developed using XNA. This is Microsoft’s solution for game makers which has resulted in a large number of new games from independent developers. There is only a slight possibility of seeing Xbox Live Arcade games on the Zune in portable versions. The Zune has processor limitations. XNA however, is a home development solution. Anybody with more gray cells than the average human can develop super cheap games for the Zune, perhaps even free ones.

For Apples iDevices, it already runs a limited gaming scheme. Some games like Sonic The Hedgehog appear on iTunes. This is the next battleground between Microsoft and Apple. The games for the Zune are not likely to appear until the end of the year. In our estimation, they will be launched in Europe only by 2010.

However, this is a great development in the sense that the XNA game studio will be a bridge between the PC, Xbox and Zune as far as gaming is concerned.

The Best Place To Download Zune Music

As the Zune grows popular, more and more people want to download music for their Zune. With more customers than ever, people now want to find out where they can get their Zune downloads from. Just by searching on Google you can find scores of Zune Music download sites. The Zune Marketplace is perhaps the most famous site of this kind. File sharing networks are another way to get Zune music. The last option is paid membership sites.
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Home Theatre Hub @ $19.99 For Zune Owners

If you are a Zune owner and looking for a home theater system, you are in luck. You can now get a Zune Home AV Kit for just $19.99. This offer is available via Buy.com. This is a fantastic offer and the reason is that in a purely financial sense, this is about one fifth of the price of similar offers elsewhere. At many big-box stores, Circuit City, for instance you can still buy the Zune Home AV Kit for a price of $99.99.
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Free Valentine Zune 80 Players Are Microsofts Way Of Apologizing

Like some of the other Zune players that have been released lately, the Red Zune 80, better known as the Valentine Day Zune has been more popular than Microsoft expected. This Zune already has had one announced product delay, and it now seems many consumers will not have the Love Zune in their hands by February 14.

Well now it seems broken hearts are being mended. Emails have been sent out that those who were just about to get the Zune’s on time for V day may not get it on time though Microsoft is giving it their best shot. The money will be refunded and if you are on the cusp of a Feb 14 delivery you get a free Zune. This is the letter that Microsoft sent out.
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Zune Causes Hearing Problems To Man Who May Now Sue Microsoft

“I received an electric shock through the earbuds of my Microsoft Zune. Simultaneously, the Zune emitted a very loud noise through the earbuds and the device began to reset…Since the incident, I’ve suffered blood and fluid leakage from my ear canal, a temporary threshold shift, and incessant ringing and discomfort”
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Right Time To Buy The 8 GB Zune

The 8 GB Zune sees a price drop of $20 from February 1. The Zune has been hugely popular in all its models and for those who have wanted to buy an 8 GB Zune, the time is now!

So if you decide to buy an 8 GB Zune now, it will cost you just $179. This is just $30 costlier that the 4 GB Zune. By spending just $30 more on the 8 GB Zune you can enjoy twice the amount of music and video on your Zune. I am looking at a price drop on all players in the near future. However don’t let this deter you from cashing in on an offering that you like.
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Why The Zune Is Likely To Succeed In Canada

As the Zune is launched in Canada this spring, I think it is sure to succeed. Here is why. The Zune provides wholesome competition for the iPod delivering a viable alternative to the worlds most popular MP3 player. There are now fanatical Zuneites just like there are iPodders.

To recap, the sizes of Zunes available. One is the 80 GB version and the smaller ones are 4 GB and 8 GB. The 80 GB version costs $249 and the 4 and 8 GB flash versions are worth $149 and $199. There are some reasons the Zune will have an edge when launched in the Canadian market.
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New Cases For The Zune From Agent 18

If you wanted some classy accessories for the Zune but did not know where to look, here is some news for you.The Zune Shield and Zune Kit cases have been released for the Zune. These cases give a different window to the Zune’s style, protect it and are available for all types of Zunes.

You can easily snap the Z-shield cases for the 30GB and 80GB Zune’s on and off. These are made of tough, frosted, clear, impact resistant plastic. You can access all connectors and buttons if you use this product even though the Zune is very well protected.
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Is It A Storage Device Or An iPod? Look Its Zune!

Like any curious user of the Zune you have probably wanted to use other programs with your Zune separate from the Zune Software. Well there is good news for you. You can use another program with your Zune with a few easy software hacks. There is now a program that lets your Zune work with other programs, by tricking it!

The name of this program is zAlternator. It gives the Zune the functionality to work with iTunes, Media Monkey and Windows Media Player.
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Zune Among Additions to Pyrix Entertainment Channels

Zune downloads is among the additions to three Pyrix channels – Docupyx, Urbanchillers and ComedyPop. The other additions were PSP movies, iPod video and 3gpfiles. Pyrix, at CES announced that it had developed new capabilities allowing it to deliver content to the Zune as well as the iPod, Playstation and 3gp smart phones. This is part of Pyrix’ drive to connect artists to audience.

Now Zune downloads can be downloaded to portable players. The same applies to PSP movies and iPod video. In addition 3gp files can be downloaded to smart phones. According to PYrix CEO Amit Tripathi, they are making it possible for artists to share content directly with audiences using mobile technology.
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This Month The Black Dahlia Murder Performs For Zune

The Black Dahlia Murder is one of the prominent artists amongst death metal lovers. Now they are part of Zune’s “Ignition” and “On The Road” Programs for the month of January. With this, The Black Dahlia Murder will get exposure across Microsoft properties and the Zune will support the tour schedule of the band as well.

Free exclusive material is being offered on the Zune Marketplace from The Black Dahlia Murder. The online marketplace has been redone and freshly stocked this month.
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Red Zune 80 GB On The Way

With excitement for the new Zune picking up, the Zune 80 GB is being made available in red through Zune Originals. This is in good time for Valentine’s Day when many such Zunes would probably be gifts.

With love and sharing as themes, 20 new laser engraved designs, part of an exclusive collection will now be available for a limited time to consumers. The address you can get these at is http://www.zuneoriginals.net. There will also be Valentine’s Day playlists at the Zune Marketplace which can be shared with friends and loved ones through the Zune Social online music community or ZUne to Zune.
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Golla To Partner With Zune For Accessories

Golla is now in partnership wiht Zune. This was announced at CES 2008. Golla will be a licenced partner of Microsoft for producing 3rd party accessories for Microsoft’s didital media player. Golla specializes in trendy bags for portable electronics and is based in Helsinki, Finland.

A special bag collection has been designed by Golla around the Zune with a number of different designs for different models. According to Scott Erickson from Zune, this is an exciting partnership for Zune. Golla sets trends in the area of fashionable bags for consumer electronics. Zune customers are likely to be pleased with the new options on the table.
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Zune In Canada Spring 2008

As the competition between Zune and iPod intensifies, the Zune is being made available in Canada, this spring. In the United States the Zune is readily available and sells for between $149 and $249. The new redesigned Zune is selling better than ever before.

In case you are wondering whether you should buy the Zune or the iPod, Microsoft Zune’s director Jason Reindorp has a few answers. The Zune has different features from the iPod according to him that distinguish the Zune.
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Zune Hits Jump 3 Times This Christmas

Hits on www.zune.net saw a drastic increase this year as compared to last year. Chrismas 2007 saw  a 299 percent increase in hits to the Zune website when compared with Christmas Day 2006. Most users visited the site to sign up to the website and for downloading software.

Although traffic grew significantly iTunes stayed the largest download site with 6 times more market share than the Zune site. The market share of Zune.net saw a 392 percent increase on Christmas compared to the previous day and the market share of www.apple.com/itunes saw a 339 percent jump on Christmas day compared to the previous day.
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Zune Diagnostic Tool Now Available

Microsoft Zune’s wireless sync connection has been a bit of a problem to some. Now there is a solution. The Zune diagnostic tool is now available. USB and wireless sync data can now be gathered to detect problems with the MS Zune player.

To operate the Zune diagnostic tool, run the ZuneDevices.exe tool from the software of the Zune. Then connect the device to the Zune and the software will automatically display problems. If you use a wireless connection, there will be a display “connecting to your PC” for one or two minutes. Then the problems will be displayed on settings-wireless-sync now. For USB connections, the Zune shows under portable devices in the device manager.
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