Great Deals On Zune 30

Has anyone heard or seen the deals on the Classic Zune or Zune 30 going online and offline? I went to Walmart the other day and saw that they’re now on sale for just $149.99. It’s brand new and has all the features of Zune 80 except the DVD quality TV out and a touch pad. But that’s just it! It comes with the same warranties as all other Zunes, so what more can you ask for? I think it’s a great starter Zune for the new Zune fans, don’t you think? By the way, at Newegg and Buy.com they’re selling the Zune 30 for $139.99 so an even better deal. The only downfall is that you would have to pay for shipping and wait a week to get it to your door. All in all, Walmart would be a better choice. Since Walmart is everywhere, you can return it easily if anything is wrong with it.

Oh yeah, Woot is selling a refurbished black Zune for just $99.99. These are players which were returned back, not exactly new, but as Woot says, “Microsoft-certified with full accessories, full warranty and even fresh retail packaging.”

Here are some good deals right now on the Zune:

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ZuneSocial Required Barcode

Most, if not all of the Zune fans, including myself may be wondering about the new online community ZuneSocial registration issue.  I have tried to register at the site myself and of course, like most of you, I didn’t have a barcode or didn’t know what to put in.  So I emailed Microsoft press and support to inquire about the website and the required barcode.  She told me that the website is not yet live and isn’t expected to be live until mid November which is about the same time the Zune 2 will be available.  The exact and confirmed date for the Zune 2 availability is November 13th.  She also explained that once the website goes live, it will not ask for a barcode.  That info is for the Microsoft techs who are working on the website right now.  That’s all for the barcode question.  Hope it helps!

Zune Social

Informations from ZuneInsider:

  • ZuneSocial.net is the new online community beta you have been hearing about.  It is a place for music lovers to share their music tastes, knowledge, and experiences with other Zune owners.
  • Zune card:  anyone will be able to create a free, and customizable Zune card.  In other words, you can personalize your card with pictures, custom backgrounds, and other info.  Your card will automatically update with the music you listen to on your Zune.
  • It will allow you to browse your friend’s pages and post or recieve comments like a Myspace.
  • You can browse your favorite artist’s pages to find other listeners with the same musical tastes.
  • Each song within the Zune Social will have a playable 30 second clip, and you can buy the song with your Microsoft points or with your Zune pass if you like.

Check out this new online community at ZuneSocial.net

 

Zune 2 Accessories Specifications

Hard Drive Zunes

  • The Zune 80 has 80GB of storage
  • Uses the new Zune Pad-four way touch-sensitive d-pad (up, down, left, and right buttons).
  • Price will be $249 with “premium” headphones
  • Available only in black for now
  • Screen size is 3.2-inches with resolution QVGA
  • Dimensions are 61.1 x 108.2 x 12.9mm (2.4 x 4.25 x 0.5-inches) 1/3 smaller than the classic Zune.
  • The Classic Zune will now be known as the Zune 30.

New Flash Zunes

  • Zune 8 and Zune 4 are the names for the 8GB and 4GB flash models.
  • Uses the Zune Pad
  • Zune 8 will sell for $199 and Zune 4 will sell for $149
  • Both will be available in pink, green, black,and red.
  • Feature a 1.8-inch screen
  • Dimensions are 41.4 x 91.5 x 8.5mm (1.6 x 3.6 x 0.33-inches)

Other Info

  • New Zunes available mid November
  • All Zunes will have a new redesigned interface and software features including the Classic Zune or Zune 30.
  • Additional native video codecs for h.264 and MPEG-4 so users will no longer need to transcode those file types to WMV.
  • Wi-Fi sync to host computer
  • Podcast Support via Wi-Fi
  • The 3×3 song sharing DRM has had its three day restriction removed, but users can only play files three times.
  • There is still no wireless music store.
  • The Zune software is all new and rewritten.
  • The Zun music store is going DRM-free, with over 1 million MP3 tracks being made available for download.

New Zune Accessories

  • Zune Home AV Pack ($99.99)-“Home Dock with three faceplates to accommodate each Zune device, wireless remote, AC adaptor and composite AV output cable.”
  • Zune Dock Pack ($49.99)- “Home Dock with three faceplates to accommodate each Zune device and AC adaptor.
  • Zune Car Pack ($79.99)-“Redesigned FM transmitter/charger and dashboard grip pad.
  • Zune Cable Pack ($39.99)-“Sync cable, composite AV output cable and audio cable.”
  • Zune Premium Headphones ($39.99)
  • Zune Leather Case ($49.99)
  • Zune Sync Cable ($19.99)
  • Zune AC Adapter ($29.99)

Info taken from: http://www.zune-online.com/news/zune/zune-2-and-accessories-complete-specs.html

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Price List Of The New Zune

Below is the price list of the new Zune to be released mid November.

4 GB= $149

8 GB= $199

80 GB= $249

You can now pre-order the new Zune from electronic stores such as Circuit City, Best Buy, etc.

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The New Zune Marketplace Is Out With 3 Million Tracks

Per Betanews, every Zune will include a wireless functionality that would allow customers to share content wrelessly.  The new Zune will also include an FM tuner.  So for the very first time, the Zune will be nearly equal to the iPod and iTunes in terms of content capabilities.  The software will allow you to organize music videos, pictures, and podcasts.  In addition, for those with Windows Media Center, it will allow you to transfer recorded content to the device for portable viewing.  The Zune Marketplace will contain about 3 million tracks and 1 million of those will be available in MP3 format which will allow you to play it on any device including the iPod.

Zune 2 Announcement!!

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Design & Development chief J Allard hosted an event in Redmond on October 2, 2007 at midnight or October 3, 2007 for some of us, to present the hard disk and flash memory Zune 2.0 player. Betanews estimates about 2.4 million new Zunes to be manufactured during the 2007 holiday season and is expected to be released in the beginning of November. In addition, a new Zune Community site will be announced shortly. The new Zune would be thinner and will have more capacity. The flash players will measure 3-inches by 1.25-inches and are said to look much like the iPod Nano. The new Zune will be video capable, possibly include Wi-Fi and higher storage than it’s competing products. Also, Microsoft will most likely release firmware version 2.1 with the new Zunes per Engadget.

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Image taken from: http://www.zune-online.com/news/zune/the-first-real-zune-2-photos.html

Zune’s Customized Personal Logos

Microsoft Zune is now allowing you to customize your very own personal logo on your Zune device.  Before, you used to have to buy skins to cover your Zune device, sort of like a mini-jacket, to give it an appealing look.  Now, the Zune manufacturer can print whatever logo you want on your Zune for you when you purchase it.  Just imagine a more clean- cut look for your Zune with personalized information or logo on it to give it an even more trendy look.  All of this means that it’ll create more demands from students because they can print their school names on it.

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Microsoft Zune’s Auto Download Application

The new Microsoft Zune’s application may be able to automatically download music tracks to your device. The name of this new application by Microsoft is, “Automatic delivery of personalized content to a portable media player with feedback.” The name basically explains how it’ll function. In short, if you already have some tracks from a particular band or artist downloaded into your Zune, the new feature will trigger your device if new tracks from that artist is available for downloads. However, you must have Wi-Fi hotspots or some sort of phone capabilities equipped to your Zune device in order for the application to function. So look forward to October 16th when the new Zune comes out.

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Image taken from: http://www.hometheatermag.com/news/092807willzune/

Price Reduction on the Zune

Some may have already heard that on September 4th, Microsoft have dropped the price of the Zune with 30 GB device for $199.00 at retail.  Microsoft already had this plan of price reduction in their book awhile ago but with the consumer satisfactions they’ve been getting, they’re expecting an increase in sales.  In addition, Microsoft is really expecting to beat their competitions including Apple iPODs. 

Zune’s Sharing Is More Than A Feature

Zune wireless MP3 player allows music sharing for three days, then gives consumers a chance to purchase it.  Seeing the youthful audience that enjoy this particular feature, Microsoft sees the potential it has to topple the King, Apple iPod/iTunes.  Although, Microsoft does not claim the Zune is all feature-complete; we, as consumers, can make the assumption that in the near future, many more useful wireless capabilities will be added to the Zune. 

Zune – Halo 3 Military Edition

Microsoft Zune and Microsoft’s U.S. Federal business merged to develop a special Zune. On August of 2007, they introduced a new version of Halo 3 exclusively for military service members- Halo 3 Military Edition. Soldiers who left for active duty on August 6 were the first to receive the Halo 3 Military Edition. The version comes pre-loaded with artwork, trailers, and music from all three Halo games. This exclusive device is available only at military retail stores as of August of 2007 and discounted rates will be given to military service members and their families.

Halo 3 Zune

Zune #1 on Amazon!

We just found out from Zune-Online that Zune was the #1 hard drive player on Amazon!

White Zune No 1 On Amazon

Possibly due to the low price at $169.99 per unit? 😉

Another Limited!

You know, I’m seriously thinking of making a Zune Edition page listing all the original and the limited editions. And yes, we have another one. 😉

Zune Limited Edition Nylon

Zune has decided to partner with Nylon Magazine and sell 1000 “limited” editions of the Zune!

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The latest limited editions will first come out at Nylon’s Fashion Week party (Soho).

Unofficial Zune 2 Mock-up

According to the techdudes at Gizmodo, we have a new mock-up pictures of Zune 2.

First Zune 2 Pictures

My first impression of it was… nothing.

Firstly the colors are quite interesting in that brown seems to be gone. People either hated it or loved it. I wasn’t too pleased with it. Replacing the brown, the new red seems like it’ll attract a new group of customers.

Second, the placing of the buttons seem a bit awkward. The two Micky Mouse ear type of buttons seems a bit crowded at the top. Maybe the center button should be shifted down a bit? Also a complete redesigning of the middle button is necessary in my point of view. That is dull and quite ugly looking.

The glossy effect I’m seeing… I hope that doesn’t come in the 2nd version. One of the greatest parts about Zune compared to the iPod was that it was quite scratch resistant and yes! No fingerprints! Woo-hoo! But with a glossy look, a highlight of the first gen. will certainly be destroyed.

Lastly, is it just me or did the screen just get smaller? I hope we have at least 3.0″ of screen so we won’t have to all get glasses. 😉

More info to come as more news is leaked! Stay tuned in to Wired Zune for more info!

Yet Another Limited Zune: It’s Binary!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a Zune article. 🙂 But as Microsoft  have shown us over the last few months, there is yet another Limited Zune! Probably the coolest one yet in my opinion.

Binary Zune

Word has that this version was only given to the Zune web team. But, will it be only a matter of time until we see one of these come up on eBay again? 😉

Just a heads up!

I’ve been getting quite a bit of emails on what happened to Wired Zune. Why no updates?!

As some of you may already know, the last two months and the upcoming two weeks, I was and will continue to be extremely busy. 🙁 But I’m here ya’ll!

Starting to mid-August, I’ll be back and Wired Zune will be in full throttle! Maybe a Zune to get the popularity back up…? 😉

Thanks to those WZ loyalists! 🙂

Zune Connected Issue #3

So, yet another Zune Connected issue! I’m guessing that I’ll be able to do an issue every week wrapping up all the Zune news for that week.

Probably the most bizarre news of this week is the Zune tattoo. A true Zune fan I’d say? 😉

We also can’t help but mention that the Zune for Dummies will be released on July 10th! Much kudos goes to the authors and especially Harvey, the man behind Zunerama for all his hardwork the last few months in getting a Dummies book for the Zune! 🙂

Zune Connected Issue #2

I though I wouldn’t have the time today, but good news folks! The limited Red edition is now officially out! And for 30 days only too!

 

Red Zune

 

You’ll have to make up your mind pretty quickly on whether you want the Zune or not!

Zune Connected Issue #1

As the next two months will be quite a busy time for me due to some studies and various other personal businesses, I won’t be able to udpate the site as often as I was able to in the past. Therefore, I’ve come up with a thing called Zune Connected and basically I’ll be linking to some major news regarding the Zune that I simply did not have the time to post about. I will be able to come on the website everyday as I did in the past, but the time to post will be something I cannot be sure of. Wired Zune will continue to strive to deliver the latest information on the Zune, whether it is from our post or linking to another.

So, here goes our first “issue”!

Zune Firmware v1.4 update (Zune-Online)
A bit of a disappointing update, but what can you do? ZO brings up an interesting point about the “wireless marketplace syncing” we saw a few weeks back too.

Ballmer: No Zune in Europe in 2007 (ClicZune)
Ouch… Is the Zune ever going to go international then… I guess my hopes of seeing the Zune support international languages such as Japanese and Korean in the 1.5 update should be scratched out then… Is Microsoft really going to invest in the Zune for 3 years until they release the next version? Better not if they want to be a leader and beat Apple in the market…