Archive for the ‘Zune’ Category

Yesterday’s Microsoft Show and Tell has fueled a lot of blogs the past 2 days. There’s plenty of coverage on Techmeme and elsewhere, but in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the plan for the next financial year and beyond.

MS Roadmap Beyond 2008

Items of note include the many incarnations planned for Dynamics, including LiveCRM, the mention of the intention to pursue developing PopFly (the slick web mashups platform still in beta) and Windows Automotive (opinion is divided over having Windows running anthing in your car!).

The less said about the planned next generation Zune player the better 😉


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What can I say ….only in America? Here’s a guy who’s got 2 Zune tattoos, and enough room for many more!

Story / Comments on Engadget here : What kind of man gets two Zune tattoos?

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Today’s free Metro paper reports in a gadgets for 2007 feature that the Zune MP3 player and so called “iPod killer” from Microsoft wont be available in Ireland until next October so we’ve quite a wait to find out how rubbish it is or otherwise.

On the plus side, someone is listening as the Zune social site has showed some improvement since my last visit before the holidays, though it still takes too long for the flash to load. Kudos when and where it’s due I guess!

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Now you can have all the Britney Spears you want for your Zune running on the RTM release of Vista. Yesterday Microsoft released a (long awaited in some cases) hefty software and firmware update to v1.2 that makes the Zune unit compatible on Windows Vista. Fixes include imrovements in video loading speed too apparently.

So if you’ve had a Zune stuck in a drawer since you bought it cos Vista wouldn’t play nicely it’s time to dust it off. You can get the update via the Windows Update service or via this direct link.

Note, this update is not for Vista RC releases, you’ll have to wait til Jan 30th!

Full story here from ZuneInsider.com.

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Oh yes they did! At least there’s only a few of them though..phew. Check out the CrunchGear story from the link below.Apple got it right with the bright pink and green, the same shades of pink and green that made a name for Benetton years ago, and while I can see the girlie attraction, it just doesn’t work on Zune IMHO.

Pink Zunes Surface at random

Does it matter? We all know it should be about ease of navigation and functionality and low cost add-ons that enhance the entertainment experience, but releasing the unit in the same colours (we’ll ignore the shoe leather brown!) as the iPod is shameful plagiarism, a real disappointment and a sad reflection on the Zune Team. There’s so much more imagination among all the talent at Microsoft that could have delivered so much more for this device in every way. Just look at what the Office 2007 team did with the new ribbon interface, fresh and innovative.

What’s your experience with or opinion on Zune? Leave a comment.

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It seems like the more I read about the Zune from Microsoft, the better I feel about having gone with my iPod Nano a few weeks ago. I was really tempted to wait for the Zune launch (and maybe grab a bargain) but thought it best to go with the devil you know and all that. Man am I glad.

While I haven’t played with one yet, everything I see and hear screams stay away, from that awful shoebox brown colour and the chunky casing to the dreary looking home, travel and car accessories packs, and worst of all, the awful attempt at a community website with Zune.net.

I think this post from David Galbraith says it all:

I just saw a Zune, and guess what? Its a piece of shit.

It’s best to let a better writer than myself bury the Zune, however. Andy Ihnatko in the Chicago sun-Times lets rip:

Yes, Microsoft’s new Zune digital music player is just plain dreadful. I’ve spent a week setting this thing up and using it, and the overall experience is about as pleasant as having an airbag deploy in your face.”

Take the Zune off your Christmas list folks, even the Wi-Fi trickery (that was the key differentiator til they stupidly crippled it with the “3 plays or 3 days” DRM rules) wont save this lame duck.

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