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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Greetings!

Posted by David Tucker in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 12:00 PM

I'd like to take this opportunity to say hello to everyone at Zune Thoughts. You actually already know who I am. Since this site started I've posted under the moniker of Codefox. Jason recently extended me the opportunity to join his team as a Contributing Editor. Since I enjoy writing, the Zune, and this community I thought it would be a fun experience. Hopefully I'll be able to follow the quality of the current staff and help continue to make Zune Thoughts the place to come for Zune related news and information!

I look forward to serving everyone and hopefully you'll enjoy reading my ramblings!

Tags: introduction

Sunday, November 12, 2006

World, Meet Aaron. Aaron, Meet World.

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Thoughts Site Updates" @ 06:00 PM

In the tradition of Thoughts Media sites, I’ve been asked to introduce myself as a new member of the Zune Thoughts team. My name is Aaron, and chances are you’ve seen me hanging around one Thoughts Media site or another. I’m an outdoor and nature enthusiast who happened to have grown up surrounded by technology. My stroll down “technology lane” started back in my younger days, pushing my Commodore 64 to its "Basic" limits, and has continued ever since. I’m somewhat of a self-professed gadget junkie, but I’ll leave it all behind to spend a week hiking through the Appalachian Mountains. I suppose it’s this dichotomy that keeps me fresh and enthused about both sides of my life. My portable audio family has consisted of cassette players, to CD players, to Sony’s MDs, to a handful of digital audio players, including multiple iPods. (And of course the addition of a Zune in a couple of days.) I’ve had a pleasant experience with my iPods. Now I’m ready for something new and different; something to shake up the market. I’m anxious to see how the Zune experience stacks up, and where Microsoft this product line in the future. And I’m appreciative of this opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences with you as we travel down this road together.


Thursday, August 24, 2006

What is the Zune?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 10:51 AM



One of our readers kindly informed us that in the excitement of the launch of Zune Thoughts, we failed to mention what the Zune was, and so he had to perform a quick web search to find out more. Not too surprising, really. There hasn't been much Zune-related publicity in print and visual media, and most of the buzz surrounding the product has been generated from blogs, internet news sites, and teaser pages. Over the days, weeks, and months, we'll be revealing the Zune slowly and steadily, similar to the peeling of the layers of an onion (without the pungent smell, of course). To kick things off, this post will give a quick "5W" analysis of the Zune. For those of you who have been tracking past and present Zune-related news, you won't find anything new here. This post scrapes the surface of the Zune, and serves to provide a basic overview of what the Zune is and what it has to offer.

What: Zune is a collective term describing the hardware, software, and services behind a new Microsoft-driven portable digital entertainment experience. All three components will be heavily tied together, much like the successful Xbox and Xbox Live model. Unlike other digital audio players driven by Microsoft technologies, the Zune will be unique in that everything will be born and bred within Microsoft, without the interference of OEM partners.

Who: As you've probably worked out, Microsoft is the company behind the Zune. Digging deeper, some of the folk behind the Xbox 360 are the brains behind it all.

When: The Zune isn't a Microsoft project lasting several months. While the first-generation Zune device is expected in the fourth quarter of 2006, the project will continue for many years as successive models are released with new features enhancing the overall integrated experience.

Where: The Zune will initially launch in the United States. By the end of 2007, the product line will expand and be made available in multiple countries.

Why: Microsoft's plan to rejuvenate its presence in the portable digital entertainment market isn't simply about replicating the functions of other digital audio players. The company plans to go the extra mile by tapping into this core theme of "community and discovery", which it knows a lot about, thanks to the successful Xbox model. Visiting an online media store won't just be about purchasing the media, but rather, an additional opportunity to share media (both purchased and user-created), share experiences, and so on. And then in the bigger picture, extending and integrating that Zune experience with other Microsoft products such as Media Center, Windows Mobile, Windows Live, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, and the list continues. Many have argued that the Zune is simply an iPod clone, but based on the hints that Microsoft has dropped over the past couple of months, it's a lot more than just a clone, and as we approach Christmas, we'll start to see the Zune take shape and its features become clearer.

Want to see Microsoft's official teaser page? Visit Coming Zune.


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