Zune Ads Clarification

In a recent statement, Microsoft had talked about launching a Zune Social advertising pilot program in summer 2008. This program aims to expand Zune Social profiles by including advertising, events and artist pages. This idea did not receive a nod from users.
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GameStop No Longer Sells The Zune

The Zune was touted as Microsoft’s answer to the iPod. In one sign that it is failing to provide competition, GameStop will no longer sell the Microsoft Zune. GameStop has 4500 locations and is a huge video game retail chain.

This axe falling on the Zune is the latest in a long drawn out battle which the zune now seems to be losing against the iPod. The zune was launched in 2006 and tried to break the iPods monopoly over the portable music player market. Microsoft introduced it’s online video store in a bid to woo customers.
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New 4GB and 8GB Zune Players!

The new Zune players have been released by Microsoft to retailers. In addition the software for both players and PC’s has been updated. These 4GB and 8GB players represent the inception of flash Zunes. They have the same Wi-Fi support, FM radio and video playback. The resolution and feature set is great as usual.

There is a new concept Zune pad. This is a hybrid controller that allows users to click or swipe the surface in order to navigate menus. In addition users can wirelessly sync content.
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TV Shows Now Part Of Zune Marketplace

The Zune Marketplace now has TV shows as download-to-own items. Approximately 800 TV episodes are available for download. These include latest episodes from NBC’s Heroes, 30 Rock, Comedy Standup as well as other popular shows. MTV, Turner Broadcasting and Starz Media are also partners in this venture. The cost of an episode is 160 Microsoft Points which works out to approximately $1.99.
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