Thursday, May 3, 2007
Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 09:54 AM
"Extraordinary" by Mandy Moore
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Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 09:54 AM
Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 01:45 AM
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Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 09:45 AM
Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 07:10 PM
Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 03:00 AM
Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 06:25 PM
Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 07:30 PM
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Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 11:30 AM
"Omniture, Inc., a leading provider of online business optimization software, today announced that Zune, Microsoft's recently announced music and entertainment platform, has selected Omniture to optimize visitor interactions for its Zune Marketplace. Omniture will provide actionable insight for the Microsoft-Zune team to continually enhance the quality of the customer experience as they interact with the online digital music store. "
No, this is no earth shattering Zune news. Just a little evidence that Microsoft is striving to enhance and improve the user experience of the Zune Marketplace.
Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Talk" @ 05:30 PM
"I decided since my P1610 was running flawlessly under WinXP that I would try to upgrade that OS to Vista, much as my family and friends would be needing to do since they are not very computer savvy. At least, I wouldn’t want them wiping their system clean and doing a clean install because I know that would create big problems for them, much as it will a lot of consumers. Big mistake. UPDATE on the Zune situation: Further mucking about shows me that the music downloaded from the Zune Marketplace will now play fine on the Zune player. It will not play on the PC side, however. Now I'm wondering if it's a file permission thing that Vista has imposed. Who knows?"
Well, the more I hear about the horrors of upgrading to Vista, the less excited I am to do so. Now, in my experience I manage to avoid these hangups [knocks on wood], but that doesn't make me more anxious to perform the upgrade. Now there's one more problem to look out for: Apparently it's not just iTunes that doesn't play well with Vista, but the Zune Marketplace as well. Yikes. Anyone out there buying tunes from the Marketplace might consider holding off upgrading until the next version of the Zune software is released.
Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 01:53 PM
"Being an iTunes user for several years, I never thought much about its search capabilities. Until, that is, I experienced the elegance of Zune software's search. Before you iTunes fans cry heresy, consider the following..."
After having logged some serious search time in both iTunes and Marketplace during their Rock'n’Roll Showdown, Zunerama has posed an article comparing the Marketplace and iTunes search features. Marketplaces search functionality is much more forgiving, allowing for partial word searches and misspellings, while the iTunes seems to be a little more restrictive. Marketplace also has dynamic searching; displaying search results as you type. Having used iTunes for some time before switch to Marketplace, the search functionality was one of the first features I took notice of, particularly the dynamic search functionality.
Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Software" @ 04:30 PM
"Until now, Microsoft has tried to downplay the fact that the Zune digital-rights-management system nixes the Windows Media PlaysForSure one that the company was championing until late last year. However, in an interview this week with Knowledge@Wharton, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer finally admits on the record that the Zune DRM system is the one in which Microsoft's putting its future eggs. "We thought that (PlaysForSure) was a brilliant strategy — [develop] an open ecosystem, get a lot of people [to support it]." What happened? As Ballmer puts it, "In this particular case, the whole was not bigger than the sum of the parts." And, as a result, "Apple — with one model that was simple and consistent — wound up taking 75%-80% of the market.".. "Some of our partners will say 'This wasn't partner-friendly.' But having our partners only have 20% of a market share between them is also not very partner-friendly. One of the key things … that I have learned about business partners is that business partners are your partners because they make money with you, they succeed with you. And if you don't succeed, eventually you don't have any partners.""
A very good point, and kind of one we were expecting: The PlaysForSure program just didn't work they way they wanted it to. So they looked at Apple's program and said "Hey, they're making a profit from it, so should we." So they orphaned a promising system in favor of a more restrictive one. Gee, thanks guys. Really, what they should have done (IMO) is change PFS slightly so that the existing players can still use it in the future, but the Zune also uses it. There really wasn't a reason why they needed to dump one in favor of the other. In any case, they can still pull it out of the gutter if they just change the Marketplace slightly so any PFS player can use it. Then they wouldn't be alienating any existing customers. Oh wait, this is Microsoft we're talking about... Nevermind.
Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 01:10 AM
Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 11:00 PM
Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 06:45 AM
Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Talk" @ 09:00 PM
Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 04:30 PM
"Next holiday season could see a new approach from Sony in the MP3 player space -- one that could resemble Apple's iTunes/iPod combo or Microsoft's similarly-unified Zune approach. Glasgow said that Sony "still ha[s]n't come back to the [digital audio] market hard," but that "we [CE manufacturers] all want to use this approach," and also "you'll find us doing something in that direction" in the future. Glasgow also had some choice words for DRM that indicate a break from Sony's previous stance. He said, "DRMs are going to become less important" as time goes on, although he also called implementing multiple DRM schemes on the same device "a nightmare." Although he said it was too early for him to reveal details about a Sony device/store play along the lines of the iPod or the Zune, he hinted that Sony is considering releasing something similar."
Wait a second here. DRM will become less important in the future? This came from Sony? I'm shocked and that's no sarcasm. As for a Sony-branded music marketplace? If it only works with Sony products, it'll be about a year too late. They had their chance with Sony Connect and it stank. I can't imagine that Sony will have anything new to bring to the field this time next year. They'll have to compete not only with ITMS, but with the Zune Marketplace as well...
Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 12:00 PM
Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 09:00 AM
"When I have headphones plugged in, I'd say once out of every 5 songs the Zune starts skipping. Pausing the song in and out. Most of the time it fixes itself after say, about 15 seconds, and continues on with the song."
There have been some reports over at Zune Scene of users experience playback issues with songs downloaded from Zune Marketplace. Particularly, the issue is the songs appearing to "skip" at the beginning of playback. This issue appears to only affect songs download from the Marketplace, not import or ripped tracks. Personally I've not seen this, but I've done very little downloading from the Marketplace. Check out the above links for the relative posts. Have any of you experienced this skipping issue?