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Monday, August 18, 2008

FCC Tests 120GB Zune. New Models on the Way?

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Hardware" @ 12:00 PM

http://https://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/pr...tive_or_pdf=pdf

"Ever since Samsung had announced their new 120GB 1.8-inch hard drive in April 2007, Zune fansites has been buzzing with anticipation of a new Zune fitted with the higher capacity drives. Now the wait is nearly over as the FCC publishes a test report (and I assume approves) of the new 120GB Zunes. The 120GB Zune pictured above looks identical to the 80GB Zune and that's expected since the hard drive is of identical size too. The firmware used is nothing special too - version 2.5 (1614). Oh and in case you were wondering about the radiation emissions test results, the Zune passed with flying colors so it won't fry your body parts. Good to know."

So I guess Microsoft is planning on releasing a 120 GB version of the Zune80 (Zune120?), which shows little change from its smaller-capacity brethren. Why Zune would release such a player now is baffling. It is too far away from the Holiday Season to be part of gen3 (Zune4, 8 and 80 were announced in October), and it doesn't look like a special edition. Hopefully Microsoft will give us some answers, and soon.


Thursday, January 24, 2008

10 Zune Tips

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Articles & Resources" @ 10:00 PM

http://forums.zune.net/47993/ShowPost.aspx

Well, Tip Tuesday sure fell off hard. I guess there just aren't enough good tips at this stage in the Zune's life (in other words I was too lazy to keep it going), but rest assured that we'll keep posting tips as we receive them. For now, enjoy this set of 10 great tips from Zune.net forum member khu.

Including such classic hits as:
  1. Store content on Zune but not on PC
  2. Drag and drop from explorer to Collection
  3. Copy by Playlist
  4. Import playlist
  5. View your playcount
  6. Shuffle...then shuffle more...
  7. Zoom for that closeup
  8. Use quicklist to repeat a single song
  9. RDS and the FM Radio
  10. Find location of file
Props and much love to khu for the detailed explanations. Got any more tips? Post 'em in our forums or the Zune.net forums.


Monday, December 17, 2007

Zune80 Survives the Scratch Test

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Hardware" @ 08:00 PM

http://gotzune.com/2007/12/accidental-zune-80-scratch-test

When I learned that Microsoft was abandoning the rugged "double shot" texturing of the first generation Zunes for a metal backing and glass screen, one of my biggest worries was that my "scratch trick" would stop working. A favorite activity of mine when proselytizing to iPodders was to pull out my Zune, ask rhetorically if they hated how easily their iPod got scratched, and proceed to dig my nail into the backside of my device. Mouths would drop, some cried out in horror, others fainted. I remained calm, rubbing my finger over the damage to reveal that no lasting effects were to be seen.

So you can imagine my disappointment when I heard that the backing on the 80 and 4/8 models would be metal. Thankfully, as Chris from Got Zune has proved, this is pretty much a non-issue. He accidentally left his Zune in the same pocket as his keys, a big no-no for mp3 players, yet was pleasantly surprised to see that his Zune passed the "accidental scratch test."


Thankfully, I haven't yet faced such a scary situation. I pretty much baby my Zune (putting it in cute outfits notwithstanding), but it's good to know it can stand up to the challenge when needed.

One thing though: I've noticed recently that if I apply a slight pressure to the back upper-right quadrant (up-left from the front), I'll often see a "ripple" on the screen. I assume this is due to the space-saving measures Microsoft used when designing the new player, but I'm wondering if this is a bad sign. Anyone else notice something similar?


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tips Day 3: Send Any File Via Wifi (Device)

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Talk" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.durhamgames.com/ichwm.htm

Editor's Note: This is part of a series of tips on getting the most out of your Zune device, pass, software, and card. Check out the forums for more tips, or to submit your own.

With the Zune 2.0 firmware, Microsoft loosened the restrictions on song sharing via wifi, but for many, this still isn't good enough. For those who typically send the same collection of songs to many different people (a musician or promoter, for example) or those wishing to share any type of file at all, the solution may lie in ICHWM. ICHWM (named after a Mitch Hedberg quote: "It's Cool, He's With Me") allows you to embed any file into the metadata of a "container" image. One simply needs to drag the desired file into the standalone ICHWM executable, and it will package it as a Zune-readable JPEG. To unpack, drag the JPEG into ICHWM, and presto: your file!

Sure, it isn't a perfect solution, but it works like a charm. Best of all, it works on both the old and new firmwares (I've been using it since March), and it's the best I've seen so far.

Zune tips are running daily this week. Got a super tip you're just dying to share with the world? Hit the comments link or discuss in the Forums.


Friday, October 19, 2007

First Genre-Specific Zune To Be Released: A Glorified Reggaeton CD

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Talk" @ 10:00 PM

http://www.reuters.com/article/email/idUSN1934476820071019

"Wisin & Yandel, the reggaeton duo with an uncanny knack for delivering hit singles, will become the first act to get its own customized Zune player, Billboard has learned.

The limited-edition Wisin & Yandel Zune device will hit Wal-Mart stores nationwide October 29, before the release of the duo's new album, 'Los Extraterrestres,' November 6.

Featuring the new album, videos, exclusive pictures and customized packaging, the MP3 player is but one aspect of a multiplatform Microsoft promotion that targets a new Latin consumer at the same time it promotes a hip Latin act."


It seems Microsoft is serious about expanding into the Latino demographic, and Winsin and Yandel (known for their club hits and addition to Paris Hilton's "Stars Are Blind" remix) are a great place to start. They're just "indie" enough to boost Microsoft's cred, yet popular and well-known enough to help them sell some players.

I read an article on ZDNet a while ago about using iPods as pretty much CDs--preloaded with content that you already like, and you can modify it from there. Ignoring the Apple Corps vs Apple Computer ruling which states that Apple can't sell any hardware device with music*, this would seem like a bad idea on many levels. But Microsoft seems to have pulled it off to some degree with the preloaded content on Zune1. The content served several purposes, but mainly to bolster the Zune's indie cred while also serving as a demo for how content is handled (giving users the experience of how it would work when they added their own media.)
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