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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

GotZune Reviews the iHome Zn9 Alarm Clock/Audio System

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Accessories" @ 08:30 PM


"The most important feature of course with this product is the alarm feature. The ZN9 features two separate alarms, each of which can be programmed for 7, 5, or 2 days a week. You can also set your ZN9 alarms to wake you up to either the radio, a built in buzzer, or the zune itself. For setting the zune to function, you are required to have your zune set to the song you want. When the alarm starts up in the morning it will initiate the "play" function of the zune and the song begins. There is also a nice and gradual about 10-15 second increase as the music begins to play. If your zune happens to not be correctly set for this to take place, or the zune is not even docked, the ZN9 recognizes this and resorts to the buzzer alarm. Snooze time can also be set to the range of 1 to 29 minutes. The alarms are quite easy to use, simple to disable/enable, and incase of a power failure will still go off(in buzzer form) due to the backup battery's in the device."

GotZune has a great write-up on the iHome Zn9 Clock Radio/Audio System, which should be perfect for anyone in the market for an alarm clock they can use with their Zune. If you've ever wanted to wake up (or fall asleep) to your favorite playlists, check out the article and sound off there. The Zn9 doubles as a a speaker dock and charge station, and is useful if you want to wirelessly sync your Zune to your PC. Plus, if you're like Mr. Soccerfreak24 and hate auto sync, you can even it off from your device (well, technically you didn't need a dock to do that, but it's nice to have the excuse.)

Friday, December 14, 2007


Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Accessories" @ 06:00 PM


GotZune has the drop on some new cases, recently posted to Zune.net's accessories section.

GotZune reports on 5 cases for each the larger and smaller-capacity players that come in a variety of colors. Though all but one in each category are from Incipio (the others are first-party Microsoft originals), they're all fairly decent-looking and will work well for their respective uses.

While not quite the torrent of cases heretoforth promised, it's nonetheless a good start. I imagine we'll be seeing more of these as the reviews come out and the aftermath of the Holiday season necessitates fancy outfits for everyone's fancy new toys.

Note to Incipio and Microsoft: I have an 80 that needs a new winter coat. Let's work something out.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

More Zune 2.0 Evidence

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune Talk" @ 09:00 AM


Zunerama has an interesting picture up of what appears to be an authentic product list with prices for Zune 2 accessories. The price list they give is as follows:

  • Zune AC Adapter (V2) - $29.99
  • Zune Cable Pack (V2) - $39.99
  • Zune Car Pack (V2) - $79.99
  • Zune Dock Pack (V2) - $49.99
  • Zune Home AV Pack (V2) - $99.99
  • Zune Sync Cable (V2) - $19.99

I’ll be honest though, the prices given here don’t hold much interest to me (There is something that interests me. More on that in a moment.). I also don’t think we need more ‘evidence’ the Zune 2 is coming. We already know that.

I find this list interesting because this indicates there is a substantial change to the hardware of the Zune. I’m trying to figure out what other reason Microsoft would need to release a version 2 of the sync cable. That’s not so great if that’s the case.

All of these new accessories really have me itching to see what the Zune 2 looks like, that’s for sure!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Zunerama Reviews Griffin DirectDeck

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune Accessories" @ 05:11 AM


This is a great solution for playing Zune in your vehicle if you happen to have a tape player installed. At $14.99 (or potentially less on Amazon) it's far cheaper than an FM car transmitter. I received the DirectDeck as a Christmas present from my wife, and have used it the past few months. I've been pleased with the DirectDeck's convenience and sound quality.

Zunerama has a nice picture review of the Griffin DirectDeck. I’ve never been able to use one of these types of devices since I’ve never had a cassette player in my car but this really seems like a superior option to the FM transmitters that are available. Head over to Zunerama to read the whole review but at $14.99, I’d say this is a “must have” for anyone who can actually use it.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Is a Zune to iPod Converter Cable In Our Future?

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Accessories" @ 08:06 PM


"A common complaint levelled at Microsoft’s Zune is the relative scarcity of aftermarket accessories like speaker-docks and charging cables compared to the better-established iPod. Obviously it would’ve been too much to hope that Microsoft and Apple could’ve worked together for the good of the consumer, so we’ll have to rely on enterprising enthusiasts instead. The guys and gals over at Zuney.net have set themselves the goal of not only producing a pin-out diagram for the Zune’s connector, but constructing a Zune to iPod cable too."

While this project is still in its early stages, it is an interesting concept. A small converter cable that would allow you to use iPod accessories with your Zune could be convenient. I would think that such a device would be most beneficial to someone that previously owned an iPod and accessories and is wishing to migrate to a Zune, more so than someone looking to purchase new accessories. Obviously the selection of Zune accessories doesn't come close to that of the iPod, personally I can't think of any particular accessory available for an iPod that I don't have an available option for my Zune. Is there any particular iPod accessory that you would use such a converter for?

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Incipio Expading Zune Accessory Offerings

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Accessories" @ 02:30 PM


A newly designated "Designed for Zune" partner, Incipio, has come out swinging with a large selection of Zune cases and accessories. Incipio offers a nice selection of leather, silicon, slip, and sport cases. Their other accessories include an AV Connection Kit, International Travel Charging Kit, and Cleaning Kits. It's nice to see more quality Zune accessories popping up. (Now if we can just add to the Zune lineup too...)

Friday, February 23, 2007

Power Up With TunePower

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Accessories" @ 03:30 PM


"We got a chance to play with the Belkin TunePower portable Zune battery, and found it's actually pretty handy for people who travel. The TunePower is essentially a large battery that latches on Yoda-style to the back of your Zune—except Yoda didn't stick his charger into Luke's dock connector hole."

Nothing like a bad (but funny) Star Wars joke to start off a review! Gizmodo takes a look at the backpack style battery add-on TunePower from Belkin. Man that thing sure is thick, but sure could come in handy for those long trips away from a charger.

Zune Scene Review of Hi-Fi Speaker Dock Solution

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Accessories" @ 12:41 PM


"The Octavio 1 is currently in a field of it's own as the only high end Zune speaker dock on the market. The Australian based company VAF Research has a long history of making speakers for component audio systems and has brought it's experience to the table as a Designed for Zune official partner."

Zune Scene reviews the Hi-Fi speaker dock, Octavio 1, from VAF Research. At $500, I definitely don't have much need for a high-end dock solution. I have plenty of other options for playing my tunes at home. But if you are in the market for a speaker dock solution, Octavio 1 is definitely worth a look.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

DLO Expands Zune Offerings

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Accessories" @ 11:30 AM


"We already like DLO’s Zune cases but we might simply love their new Zune charger and FM transmitter. The company is expanding their Zune accessory line with a car charger and a Zune FM transmitter."

DLO has added a FM transmitter and a car charger to their line of Zune compatible accessories. The FM transmitter is a tethered solution, unlike the Zune branded transmitter (which attaches directly to the Zune). One nice feature of this tethered solution is the cable is actually removable and can be used as a charge and sync cable. Check out the above link to get a rundown of these new accessories from Cliczune.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Where Are All the Accessories?

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Accessories" @ 11:00 AM


"I do most of my music-listening in the car, so I was specifically interested in a car adaptor. I went back to the Zune website and quickly found what I was looking for: a Zune car pack with an FM transmitter. Price: $80. Basically you tune your car radio to an unused channel, then tune the FM transmitter that's plugged into your Zune to the same frequency, and vua...vou...vwall...ta-daa, you're in business. In theory. I had questions about how well the thing worked, so I didn't order it right away. I also had a couple of Best Buy gift cards, so I ventured into their local store to check it out. After all, Best Buy had the Zune accessories on their website. Why wouldn't they have them in their stores? Well, they didn't. Nada. Zippo. Zilch. Not a good way to kill the iPod. I don't know why Best Buy wouldn't stock Zune accessories and their associates didn't seem to know either. Shocker. They simply didn't have them and were surprised when I told them their website did."

I experienced this myself the other day. I bought my Zune at a local B&M computer chain store and they carry almost no accessories for the Zune. Three Belkin carrying/protective cases is all you can expect to find. The office supply store down the street from my house however has all the Zune accessories. I find it odd that a computer store would have nil in the way of accessories, but the office supply store (that doesn't even sell Zunes in the store) would. This could mean either the computer store's buyer is an idiot or no one thinks to go to an office supply store for Zune accessories (which is why they had them). Well, I went onto that computer store's website and looked up the Zune accessories. They list every single one (even the ones not yet available for order, like the MS FM transmitter), but all as 'delivery only'. Only the afore mentioned Belkin cases were available 'for pickup'. Looks like they're not going to be bothered wasting merchandising space on an 'unsure' thing. So in the meantime, I buy my accessories from the office supply place.

Tags: accessories, buy

Sunday, January 28, 2007

40% Off Zune Accessories at Meritline.com

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Events" @ 04:05 AM


Let's start the day with a short and sweet post. For today only (January 28), Meritline.com is offering a fantastic 40% off all of their available Zune accessories. To take advantage of the savings, simply apply the coupon code, zune40poff, at the checkout.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Zune Cases from Memorex

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Accessories" @ 11:59 AM


"Memorex... today announces a series of cases for the Microsoft Zune™ digital media player. An expansion to the Memorex product portfolio, these cases provide added protection for the Zune player, as well as access to all ports, in three distinct designs: the Memorex Silicone Sleeve, Sport Band and Leather Show Case."

Memorex (not the first name I think of for accessories) has released a new line of cases designed for Zune. Their new lineup consists of a silicone case, a leather case, and a sports (arm) band case. Personally, due to Zune’s rugged construction, I’ve not yet felt a need for the extra protection a case provides. But if you are in the market for a case, be sure to give these a look.

Monday, December 4, 2006

22Moo Releases Zune Accessories

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Accessories" @ 02:00 PM


"22Moo releases new Zune accessories including ZuneCC- colourful crystal clear cases, ZuneAVC - budget AV cable and ZuneVG- video glasses which directly connects to the Zune. ZuneCC -Colourful Crystal Clear Case For Your Zune comes in 5 wicked colours : Red, Green, Black, Purple and Greyand is available for $19 USD. ZuneAVC - Budget Zune AV Output Cable can help you connect your Zune player device to a TV and home stereo. Ideal for listening to music and showing pictures and video, the A/V Output Cable is simple to set up and use. ZuneVG is a re-release of the VG-SD video glasses that give you a virtual 35" theatre-like experience."

Australian company, 22Moo, has just released a collection of Zune accessories. Of the lot, the ZuneVG (video glasses which output a virtual 35" display) is the most interesting, though it's not cheap at $250 USD a pop.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Accessory Frustration

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Accessories" @ 08:30 PM

I have a complaint. I picked up my Zune (very) early this morning. The Wal-Mart I purchased it from didn't even have the Zunes out on the self yet, so I excused them for not having any accessories out for purchase. (It was only 12:30AM, after all.) No problem, I figured. I'll play with my Zune today at work, and I'll accessorize it on my way home. I'm not a picky man. All I require at this point are two accessories: a car charger, and a FM transmitter. I can purchase them separately, or, as Microsoft has made it easy for me, purchase the Car Kit which contains everything I need. I went to 3 Wal-Marts, 2 Best Buys, 1 Circuit City, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree... er Sears. Number of stores selling Zunes: 7. Number of stores selling even a single Zune accessory: 0. What gives? Is it truly that much to ask to be prepared for what is supposed to be a market changing product launch? Everyone loses in this situation. Microsoft loses out on not only accessory sales, but possibly Zune sales as well since there were no accessories available. The stores lose out on add-on sales. The customer loses out because HE CAN'T LISTEN TO HIS ZUNE IN THE CAR LIKE HE WANTS TO! Has anyone else noticed what the Zune accessory situation is in their market?

Tags: accessories

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

BusinessWeek.com: Zune Equipped for Success

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 01:44 PM


"No one expects the Zune to quickly overtake the iPod. Apple has sold some 68 million of the devices, generating some $14 billion in sales, in the five years since it was introduced (see BusinessWeek.com, 10/23/06, "The Apple iPod Turns Five"). The Zune is nevertheless expected to have a lot of takers...That could translate into hefty sales of Zune accessories. Wilson expects Microsoft to sell as many as 500,000 Zune players this holiday season. iPod buyers tend to spend 50% of the device's initial purchase price on accessories, says Richard Doherty, director of the consultancy The Envisioneering Group. If the same holds true for Zune, which will sell for $249.99, then accessories for the Microsoft device could generate some $62.5 million in sales early on."

A great article about the Zune and the accessories landscape being built up around it. My hackles used to rise when I heard people referring to the iPod as a "platform", because without the ability to incorporate third part software, "platform" seemed like too strong of a word for it. I think "ecosystem" is a better term, but in looking at the stunning number of hardware accessories for the iPod, platform may indeed be the right term for it. Will the Zune have similar success in this space building up a platform? It's too early to be sure, but it's clear that no digital media player has ever had this many accessories going for it at launch. The array of companies offering products (Belkin, Klipsch, VAF, Speck Products, Vaja, Altec Lansing, to name a few) is something I haven't seen with any player from iRiver, Creative, Sony, or anyone else. When you combine all those companies making accessories, and factor in the massive retail presence that the Zune will have, you end up a strong ecosystem offering for the consumer. Will they invest? We'll see.

Friday, November 3, 2006

Belkin Goes Crazy Over Zune

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Accessories" @ 01:30 PM


A great case and car kit: those are two accessories I'm on the lookout for, and the ones that Belkin is preparing for Zune launch day seem like a good fit. A couple are featured below, but if you want to see them all, check out the Gizmodo news post.

TuneBase FM ($79): a car kit with an FM transmitter, programmable memory, and LCD display that plugs into a vehicle's cigarette lighter port (and judging by that green light, we're assuming it makes juice). Also included is a line-out port, if your stereo happens to feature a line-in port.

Folio Kickstand Case ($29): Soft, leathery goodness with a kickstand to enhance that portable video experience.

Other accessories: TunePower ($59), Acrylic Case ($29), Holster Case ($29), Neoprene Sports Armband Case ($29), Sports Jacket Case with Armband ($19), and Zune Screen Protector ($14). If Belkin's Pocket PC screen protectors are any indication, we suggest you stay right away from its Zune screen protector (unless you like a bit of goo).

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Griffin Technology Launching 10 Accessories for the Zune

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Accessories" @ 01:30 PM


Well-known iPod accessories manufacturer Griffin Technology is stepping into the Zune arena, which we knew, but it wasn't until I was poking around eCost that I discovered what they're actually going to be releasing. All the text below was slowly (painfully) assembled from eCost product listings. Sadly, no pictures, but I'm waiting on a response from Griffin to see if they'll provide me with some pics. I'm a big fan of Griffin Technology products, because they're really high quality - I use two of their iCurves to keep my two laptops suspended, and they work really well.

PowerJolt Auto Charger for Zune ($20.99 USD): The PowerJolt charges your Zune whether it’s playing music or in standby mode, ensuring that you’ll arrive at your destination with a fully charged Zune.

  • Works with any standard 12V power port
  • accessory port LED changes color to indicate when player has completed charging
  • Includes high quality USB to Zune Connector cable Easily replaceable fuse protects your player while charging
PowerBlock for Zune - USB Wall Charger ($26.25 USD): Power and charge from a wall outlet with the PowerBlock. The Powerblock is compact and ideal for travel. Flat blade plug for multi-outlet configurations and international use Includes high quality USB to Zune Connector cable Works with 100-240v.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Zune Offers New Opportunity for iPod Accessory Makers

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Accessories" @ 09:19 AM


"iPod killers have come and gone, but even Apple acknowledges that its popular multimedia player is going to face some stiff competition from Microsoft’s Zune this holiday season. And when the $249 device debuts next month, it figures to draw attention not just from consumers, but from companies that have enjoyed a booming business making accessories and add-ons for the iPod."

Accessories have always played a huge part in the digital media industry - even more so over the past few years following the success of the iPod. A number of accessory makers have leveraged the power and portability of the iPod and extended the music listening experience to the gym, cars, and even shoes. With the Zune set to be released next month, there's a new window of opportunity for said makers to expand even further. And we're already seeing that. A good handful of them have already partnered with Microsoft and promised to deliver third-party accessories, so the industry is about to get a whole lot more bigger.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Speck Preparing Tough Case

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Accessories" @ 07:51 PM


Zuneguy's Bill Wittress has posted an image of an upcoming Zune "Tough Case" from Speck, a company well-known for its iPod accessories. Alas, it's nothing more than a teaser at this stage. No details on price, size, or toughness have been revealed. Although, as far as the latter is concerned, we expect a "Tough Case" to live up to its name and withstand the force of a monster truck, Strong Guy's fist, and even Godzilla. We'll fill you in on details as they come in.

Monday, October 9, 2006

Zunelicious Interviews Bill Wittress

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 09:31 AM


"I love working on Zune. It is incredibly entrepreneurial. You literally have 10 different things going on at any given time. On any given day you may meet with senior management, have an interview with an analyst, crunch numbers for finance and meet with a partner for dinner. The next day it will be completely different."

Zunelicious recently scored an interview with Zune's lord of accessories, Bill Wittress. He talks about some interesting things that we can expect next month - the magnitude of the launch, the quantity of accessories available, and integration with the Xbox 360. The latter is something I'm deeply interested in. Sure, MediaTags and device playback support are great, but there is so much potential still waiting to be unearthed. Here's hoping Microsoft makes up for the shortcomings with a firmware update.

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