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Microsoft Zune hardware and software.

Time to Drop the Zune Pass?
Amazon has Sony on board and with that the fourth and final major player has finally gone to MP3. Which leaves me with a decision to make. Now that I don't need to buy DRM music and I don't need to buy entire CDs just to get 1 song, should I drop my Zune Pass and just start spending the money to build my collection? I only have about 150 songs in my entire Zune library that I have marked as "I Like It". So, in a little over a year I would be caught up. And that doesn't include the music I have on ......

Posted On Thursday, January 10, 2008 5:16 PM

CompUSA Selling Zune 80 for $1,100
Just stumble onto this while reading the CNET review of the new Zunes. CompUSA is selling the Zune 80 for $1,113.07. Take that iPod Touch. And and are sold out ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 8:31 AM

$79 Zune is Here
Woot just keeps pushing the floor price.  Today they are $79 refurbished.  And only in brown, but that's still better than white.

Join the Mayor's Welfare Zune Fund today!

So how do we turn that steaming pile of brown Zunes into a steaming pile of cash? How do we make America fall in love with brown?

Posted On Monday, October 22, 2007 1:40 AM

$99 Zune is Here
The price isn't permanent, but you can get the brown Zune from for $99.

Posted On Monday, October 15, 2007 7:22 AM

Zune 2 Interface (Video)
Here is a video of the new Zune interface. This one is a little more generic, showing off the hardware, accessories and the new marketplace. Source: http://www.iwantapinkzune.c... ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 3, 2007 3:02 AM

Zune 2 Details
I'm not going to rehash all the details, but the Zune 2 is on the way and all features are being backported to the first generation models. THANK YOU MICROSOFT! Personally my favorite features announced so far are podcast support and native support for h.264 and mpeg4 which is basically every podcast on the planet. (With the exception of you few losers using solely Quicktime MOV format.) I haven't seen any details on the user interface changes or the software changes. Hopefully video will be on equal ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 3, 2007 2:18 AM

Push Content Coming to Zune?
The Zune rumors and speculation is starting up again. Ars Technica has discovered a patent filed by Microsoft that will push content directly to your Zune based on your personal preferences and playlists. This sort of reminds me of the Tivo Suggestions feature. The patent also discusses the ability to subscribe to other peoples playlists. That would make it much easier for my wife and I to decide which Zune to use. Right now she has a playlist setup on my Zune so she doesn't have to listen to "all ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 3:56 AM

Zune on Woot! Again
This time it's only $129.  But only in white again.  I guess they didn't sell out last time.  This isn't looking good for Zune.  I hope Microsoft comes up with something good for the next version.

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 12:40 AM

Zune 2 - October 16th Launch
ZuneScene says it's confirmed, but I would still put it at the rumor stage until there is an official announcement. There is a photo of the actual devices, with not much of a change. Just some flash versions and a larger hard drive. Also a cliam that the video display is awesome. No details about software changes yet. Details and pictures here: ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 19, 2007 2:59 AM

Apple, Apple, Apple, Apple, Apple, Apple, Apple
My RSS reader is filled with tons of Apple news which could easily be summed up. Ringtone robbery, more Shuffles, fat Nano, still just an iPod, iPhone - phone - storage space, FU early adopters, and iTunes everywhere. Oh yeah, and Zune, I'm still over here ......

Posted On Thursday, September 6, 2007 1:42 AM

Woot! Zune $150 Today Only

 woot! has the White Zune as the product of the day for $150.  It's not the $99 Zune I hoped for, but it's closer.

Posted On Wednesday, August 22, 2007 1:12 AM

It's Time for the $99 Zune
Before the Zune launched there was one of many rumors floating around about pricing. One of those was a $99 price point. Well, I think it's time to make that a reality. Microsoft says Zune sales are on target. But that target was not that impressive and it's time to start pushing hard. We need a Zune 2. We need podcast and better video support. But mostly we need users. The price drop on the HD-DVD drive on the XBOX has fueled those sales and that was on $20. Drop the retail price on the Zune by ......

Posted On Thursday, August 2, 2007 6:39 AM

Zune for Dummies
I don't plan on buying a copy of Zune for Dummies because I doubt it has much value to someone who already knows how to get videos and podcasts on the device. The rest of the book looks like basic usage instructions. But I also realize I am not the target market for the book. One big problem I have always had when trying to suggest the Zune over the iPod to anyone is ease of use. iTunes is one nice, neat little package where you can get all of your content. If you can point and click and plug an ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 12, 2007 7:34 AM

New Zune Today?
Engadget has some rumoring going on that Microsoft has a big Zune announcement today that is probably an "entirely new Zune". At this point I would be happy just to hear that we are finally getting Podcast support. New Zune at Microsoft event on Monday? Update 5/8/2007: I can't find any information on the web today about any announcement other than some new TV commercials that started airing yesterday. So I guess this rumor is a flop. Update 5/9/2007: Okay, so now it looks like some people did get ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2007 12:38 AM

Zune 2.0 Leaked
Zune 2.0 and a smaller flash based Zune will be sold this year. The hard drive version looks like the generation 1 Zune, but is thinner. It has a larger hard drive and still uses the doubleshot. The flash based player is video capable and he said the screen covers about 75% of the front, similar to the hard drive Zune. The flash player has Wi-Fi and also uses a double shot. Both devices have completed the design phase, although some last minute minor tweaks to the hardware will occur. Memory capacity ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 11, 2007 7:20 AM

Zune 1.3 Firmware Update Today

The fix list:

  • Skipping in Zune Marketplace files
  • Lockups and crashes
  • FM radio battery drain

Zune Insider

Posted On Wednesday, March 28, 2007 7:18 AM

Xbox 360 Zune Theme Packs

360 Style has released a second theme pack for the Zune.

Their first theme pack is also still available.

Posted On Thursday, March 8, 2007 8:19 AM

Battlestar Galactica Zune Wallpaper

I have formatted the Battlestar Galactica desktop wallpapers found on the Sci-Fi site for Zune wallpaper (240 x 320).  You can download them from Zune Styles.

Posted On Tuesday, March 6, 2007 6:08 PM

TV on Your Zune
There are lots of applications out there that will convert the Microsoft DVR-MS format (Media Center recording format) into standard WMV so it can be put on your Zune. But how about an application that does it automatically in the background, puts them in their own TV Shows section instead of lumping them in with other videos, and removes them when they are removed from Media Center? Download ZuneWatcher ......

Posted On Monday, March 5, 2007 2:40 PM

Zune Firmware 1.3 Mid-March
Fixes listed: Zune Marketplace content skipping Sync failures FM tuner battery drainage New Feature: None It sucks that we aren't getting any new features. I have noticed some skipping, but not much. I have had A LOT of sync problems that have forced my to re-start the Zune launcher process. And I totally forgot about the FM tuner :p (which is great for the drive-in if you still have one in your area). Here is the official announcement ......

Posted On Thursday, March 1, 2007 7:21 AM

Extend the Range of Your Zune FM Transmitter
The transmitter I use to listen to my Zune in the car is an old one that came with my XM radio years ago. It works fairly well, but when I get close to another car on the highway transmitting on the same frequency the signal goes to crap. If your having the same problem this hack will show you how to modify the transmitter and boost the strength. While it applies specifically to the Zune FM transmitter, the lessons learned could be applied to most FM transmitters. Warning: I'm not sure how legal ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 8:06 AM

Zune Styles

Here is a new Zune community site: Zune Styles.  Right now it is pretty much just wallpapers.  But they are collecting:

  • Contribution by Zune Styles users. Includes homemade Zune themes, backgrounds, styles, mods, etc.
  • Collection of various Zune modifications out on the Internet.
  • Collection of wallpapers for your Zune!

Posted On Tuesday, February 27, 2007 10:20 AM

Skin Your Zune Software

Zune Boards has released some new software called zSkin that will change the look of the Zune software.  In honor of Valentines Day they have started with pink, but expect to see more skins soon.

Posted On Thursday, February 15, 2007 8:47 AM

Scott Bakula by Sunspot
I stumbled upon this beauty of a song. If you are a sci-fi fan, it's a must hear. You can download the MP3 for free from Sunspot's website. You just can't go wrong with lyrics like this: Ziggy said there's a 98% chance of a broken heart. Scott Bakula never played Drakula, laid down the smackula, on the bad guys. Give it a listen and let me know what you think. If I ever run into another Zune user, I know what song they're getting :) ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 13, 2007 7:22 AM

Exploring Zune Marketplace
If you're like me and you have a Zune Pass (I know there are at least a few of you out there) you probably have spent more than a few hours building your library. I finally have all the artists that I own CDs for downloaded so I can get all the songs I like without buying more CDs. I also re-downloaded all my MP3s in Zune format just to keep things simple and have complete tags and album art. Now I spend time checking the home page to see what's new and also pick an artist I already have to check ......

Posted On Thursday, February 8, 2007 12:49 PM

TV on Zune, A Plea to Microsoft
Dear Microsoft, I understand that you are trying to go for a unified interface for the Zune just like iTunes. But would it kill you to add support for TV shows recorded by Windows Media Center so we don't have to do things like this? In the short term: Please add .dvr-ms support in the next minor Zune software update. It's not that hard and I'm not asking for anything special. Just have them show up under videos. In the long term: Please add a TV section to compliment Music, Videos, Podcasts (you ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 6, 2007 1:36 PM

Zune Scratches???
I use an Agent18 protective case for my Zune because I hate scratches. But the case itself gets scratched up very easily. I got into the case habit when I use to have an iPod, but I never needed one for my Creative Zen. So my question is, does anyone have problems with scratches on their Zune? Or can anyone recommend a better scratch proof case? I was thinking of trying the new Griffin case ......

Posted On Friday, January 26, 2007 8:25 AM

Gizmodo's Zune Review After 3 Months
After prolonged use of the device, their opinion has improved. First off, we have to say that the subscription service is great. Actually listening to songs on the Zune has been fine as well. Even compared to the iPod at three months, the Zune keeps charge longer when not in use. It's only one large scratch instead of millions of tiny scratches like on the iPod, so we'll say that the Zune really is a bit more sturdy. Playing back video has also been great. There were a couple of negatives, such as ......

Posted On Friday, January 26, 2007 8:20 AM

YouTube / Google Video to Zune
I've been using a plug-in for IE for about a month that saves YouTube and Google videos as Zune compatible Windows Media Video files in your video directory with a single click. It has a few bugs, sometimes videos do not save correctly, but it's a great add-on for archiving online videos and carrying them around on your Zune. Download YouTube Google Video downloader for Zune ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 23, 2007 8:04 AM

Recover Your Pre-Loaded Zune Content

This forum post tells you where to get your pre-loaded content from if you removed it from your device.  Personally, I think that this should be a simple download from the Zune Marketplace.

Read Topic: Pre-Loaded content at Zunerama

Posted On Friday, January 19, 2007 7:05 AM

$1 Million Zune Accessory

$25 for the centerstage Zune case is acceptable.  It even includes free ground shipping.  Just don't try to get it 2nd Day Air :)

Posted On Monday, January 15, 2007 3:06 PM

Worst Trained Tech Support Ever
I'm ranting a lot today, must be the holidays! Last night I had the pleasure of talking to the worst trained technical CSR ever. And he worked for Microsoft. If you want to skip the whole story just read the two sentences in bold. The problem was with my Zune. Over the weekend it stopped syncing. I went to the Zune site and tried every solution on the site until I got to the last (re-install the Zune software) which worked. The only problem I had was that I lost my play counts which I use to filter ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:51 AM

Vista Zune Compatibility Launch Today

Get it at

I guess I know what I'll be doing on the Christmas break.

Posted On Tuesday, December 19, 2006 8:38 AM

I'm a Zune
Someone at Microsoft is getting sick of the I'm a Mac commercials. Video: Apple Mac vs. PC - Zune vs. Ipod ......

Posted On Thursday, December 14, 2006 8:23 AM

Zune Trash Talk
Okay, I realize the Zune is not for everyone. In fact, 9 out of 10 times, I would recommend an iPod first even though I own both an iPod and Zune and prefer the Zune. I was sold on the larger screen and subscription music and was willing to give up a bunch of other features to get it, at least temporary. The clock is ticking and I hope Microsoft keeps improving it. Otherwise, a year from now, I'll start looking again. But I honestly think this is just the beginning. But I am sick of false information ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 28, 2006 2:06 PM

Skin Your Zune

Get Zune skins at DecalGirl.  (They also have skins for iPods, most game consoles, laptops, DS, etc.)

Posted On Monday, November 27, 2006 1:56 PM

Using the Zune as a USB Drive

Yes, it is possible with a simple registry change.

Read How to copy data off your Zune

Posted On Monday, November 27, 2006 1:49 PM

HOWTO: Podcasting with a Zune
Well it looks like Jeff is busy writing a book, so I'll have to take this on myself. Last weekend I went to EB Games to check out the Zune in person. The manager talked me into one I talked myself into one knowing that if I hated it, I could return it. My biggest concern was Podcasts, which the Zune software has no direct support for out of the box. Here is the solution. First you need some sort of podcast receiving software. I started to try Doppler since it had limited support with Windows Media ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 21, 2006 3:25 PM

Podcasts for the Zune

At least someone is working hard at getting Podcasts on the Zune.

Feed Your Zune

Posted On Monday, November 20, 2006 12:37 PM

An Open Zune Challenge to Jeff Julian
Okay, Jeff here is the deal. You write a post on how to setup your Zune to sync podcasts and I promise to run out and buy a Zune. Then I'll send an e-mail to anyone at Microsoft you want telling them that you personally made this happen, change the tag line of my blog to "Jeff Julian is the Zune God" until the end of the year, and plaster a Geeks With Blogs sticker on the window of my car. Here are the rules: The podcast software can be third party, but no more than $50 to purchase. The podcast software ......

Posted On Friday, November 17, 2006 1:50 PM

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