Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Posted by David Tucker in "Zune News" @ 06:52 AM
"Chances are if you're wanting a Zune HD on launch day, gaming capabilities in tow, you've already gotten one pre-ordered, but if you're not already financially committed elsewhere, this deal from Dell's website might sway your opinion. Entering the right coupon code will net you a 15 percent discount..."
On the big launch day, Engadget is reporting that Dell gives you a great deal if you haven't preordered the Zune HD already! 15% off any expensive electronics is never something to sneeze at and when that 15% discount comes on the day of launch, well, that's a great opportunity! Of course if you're buying through that deal that means you didn't get on the cutting edge so you could have a Zune HD in your hands by today but with between $33 to $43 in savings I'm willing to bet you're ok with that.
The deals are actually over on LogicBUY so you'll want to follow the appropriate links for the correct deals:
Zune HD 32 GB
Zune HD 16 GB
The only question is, what accessory will you be spending that savings on!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Posted by David Tucker in "Zune Talk" @ 09:10 PM
I hope everyone got what they wanted for Christmas, especially if what they wanted was a Zune. If that just didn’t happen then there’s still hope! Toys R Us is offering a good online deal if you make your purchase with PayPal. That's a pretty good deal!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Posted by David Tucker in "Zune Hardware" @ 11:20 AM
Woot is at it again! Since everyone has been getting cheap Zunes for the past few weeks, now its time for some cheap Zune accessories. Right now, at Woot, you can get the Altec Lansing M604 Powered Audio System for only $39.99. At this price its a great deal for a good dock and speaker combination. Altec Lansing makes good speakers and its an attractive set up so its hard to go wrong at this price. Pick up yours
Thank you to everyone who sent this in.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Posted by David Tucker in "Zune Talk" @ 10:42 PM
"The Hipster stood over here and gently guided her hand on the touchpad. Together, wordlessly, they found a peculiarly-named web site selling a peculiarly-named device called a Zune. Becky didn’t much care for the site’s ugly orange-and-green colors, or the long-winded, unfunny sales copy. But as she browsed the specs, she realized that the Zune was the player she needed. A 30GB hard drive, a 3” color screen bigger than the iPod Video’s, and $50-$100 cheaper than everywhere else."
I’m not even going to spend much time typing out a long explanation. Just know that today, Woot
has decided to pick the Zune as their discount. Its currently $149.99! I don’t know how long this is going to last so you need to act fast if you want one at this awesome price.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Events" @ 01:45 AM
has slashed the prices on a handful of tech items for two days only (March 16 to March 17), and among them, there's the Zune for a sweet $179.99. You'll need to bring the ad into the store to take advantage of the offer (sorry, online shoppers), and there's a one per customer limit. Enjoy!
Monday, January 22, 2007
Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Talk" @ 08:00 PM
"Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, as early as 2003 considered a partnership with Apple Inc. or creating its own digital music player to rival Apple's dominant iPod. Microsoft, displeased with hardware partners Creative Technology Ltd. and Dell Inc. that made players using Microsoft's Windows Media software, talked about building its own device, according to an e-mail exchange between Windows chief Jim Allchin and media software executive Amir Majidimehr. The correspondence, introduced into evidence in a civil antitrust trial against Microsoft in Des Moines, Iowa, was made public today. Allchin, who started the exchange in an e-mail entitled "sucking on media players," also suggested he talk to Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs to get the iPod to work with Microsoft's media software for fear the iPod would "drive people away from Windows Media Player." Microsoft introduced its Zune music player in November. "My goodness it's terrible," Allchin wrote about one of Creative's devices. "What I don't understand though is I was told the new Creative Labs device would be comparable to Apple. That is so not the case." Majidimehr replied "Now you feel our pain." He said Microsoft was providing cash incentives to get the partners to improve devices. If that doesn't work "it is time for us to roll up our sleeves and do our own hardware," he wrote."
So apparently, Jim Allchin was so disappointed with the Window Media software experience on third-party vendors' devices he actually suggested that they speak with Steve Jobs about getting Apple to license the WMP software. Yeah, right. I can just see that happening. Even if it were a good idea, Apple would likely have declined just to see MS flounder. Personally, I'm glad the giant flop that was the WMP initiative fizzled out, 'cause now we have the Zune.
Thursday, December 7, 2006
Posted by Michael Boutros in "Zune Talk" @ 03:00 AM
Over the past few weeks I have been reading tons of reviews on the Zune. In pretty much all of them, the reviewers loved the actual Zune device. They have said they love the gorgeous screen, and see tons of potential for the WiFi. However, the actual device is only half of the combo. Almost every single reviewer agrees that the main deal breaker/quirk for them is the included software. They all complain of problems installing the software, synching, etc. and report frequent crashes. Lots of people are turned off by this, and for this reason they don't use the Zune at all.
I think that the Zune team tried their hardest, but it was just too rushed for them and they didn't have time to finalize the installer. Talking as a programmer, the installer is usually the last thing that is done, and I think that the same applies to the Zune software. More then half of all the problems were caused from the actual install, even before the first boot. I don't want to sound rude because I know how hard this must have been to create in only a year, but I think that they could of done more testing on a wider range of computer specs.
I don't know if I am lucky or just weird, but the Zune software has been fine for me. I have about 1000 songs, 600 photos, and 40 videos (most 5 - 6 min). It installed fine for me on the first try, and successfully imported all my music from iTunes and my photos. Sure, it does take a few seconds to play the first song when you open the software up, but it doesn't really bother me. Am I saying the Zune software is perfect? Heck no! I hate cluttered taskbars , and I am really missing iTunes task bar remote. Also, why do my picture playlists show up in my music tab? To me that makes absolutely no sense. Are any of these deal breakers? No. Are they annoying? Yes.
What does the world think?
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 11:45 PM
"Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) has agreed to pay Universal Music Group a fee for each new Zune digital music player it sells when the iPod rival launches next week, the companies said on Thursday. The groundbreaking deal could redefine the digital music business pioneered by Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research). Rivals including cell phone makers eventually could pay for hardware sales as well as for the music itself, Universal said. Microsoft is trying to break into an industry closely aligned with archival Apple, which is credited with nearly single-handedly building the legal Web music world with its iPod players and iTunes music store. But Apple does not give a cut of sales of iPods to music companies. It only pays labels for songs sold on its iTunes music store."
At this stage, we're not quite sure how this adds up. None of the pre-loaded content
appears to belong to Universal or its sub-groups, and they still get a cut even if the user doesn't load a single Universal track on to the device. So what's going on? Perhaps Microsoft and Universal are getting ready to ink a deal that will put the Zune in a favourable light, and this is just a woo tactic to keep Universal from getting too cozy with Apple. We'll be keeping our eye on this one.