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Thursday, May 3, 2007

Zune Marketplace: Weekly Freebies

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 09:54 AM

http://live.zune.net/ViewZuneRecommendation.aspx?type=playlistID&id=16842996

Another week, and another Zune Marketplace freebie that you can download, play back, burn to a CD, and most importantly, sync to your Zune device. A Zune account is required in order to download the free content. Clicking on a link below will automatically launch the Zune software and take you to the artist's page, so ensure that the software is installed on your PC.



"Extraordinary" by Mandy Moore
Genre: Pop
Length: 2:52

To learn more about Mandy Moore, visit Zune.net.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Zune Marketplace: Weekly Freebies

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 01:45 AM

Another week, and another Zune Marketplace freebie two Zune Marketplace freebies that you can download, play back, burn to a CD, and most importantly, sync to your Zune device. A Zune account is required in order to download the free content. Clicking on a link below will automatically launch the Zune software and take you to the artist's page, so ensure that the software is installed on your PC.



"Papa" by Angelique Kidjo
Genre: World
Length: 4:34

To learn more about Angelique Kidjo, visit the Zune Marketplace.

"Better Times Will Come" by No Luck Club
Genre: Hip-Hop/R&B
Length: 4:12

To learn more about No Luck Club, visit the Zune Marketplace.


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Zune Marketplace: Weekly Freebies

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 09:42 AM

http://live.zune.net/ViewZuneRecommendation.aspx?type=playlistID&id=16842767

Another week, and another Zune Marketplace freebie that you can download, play back, burn to a CD, and most importantly, sync to your Zune device. A Zune account is required in order to download the free content. Clicking the link below will automatically launch the Zune software and take you to the artist's page, so ensure that the software is installed on your PC.



"Just Like That" by Mims
Genre: Hip-Hop/R&B
Length: 3:20

To learn more about Mims, visit Zune.net.


Sunday, March 25, 2007

Zune Marketplace: Weekly Freebies

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 09:45 AM

http://live.zune.net/ViewZuneRecommendation.aspx?type=playlistID&id=16842584

Another week, and another Zune Marketplace freebie that you can download, play back, burn to a CD, and most importantly, sync to your Zune device. A Zune account is required in order to download the free content. Clicking the link below will automatically launch the Zune software and take you to the artist's page, so ensure that the software is installed on your PC.



"Matadjem Yinmixan" by Tinariwen
Genre: World
Length: 5:45

To learn more about Tinariwen, visit the Zune Marketplace.


Friday, March 16, 2007

Zune Marketplace: Weekly Freebies

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 07:10 PM

http://live.zune.net/ViewZuneRecommendation.aspx?type=playlistID&id=16842564

Another week, and another Zune Marketplace freebie that you can download, play back, burn to a CD, and most importantly, sync to your Zune device. A Zune account is required in order to download the free content. Clicking the link below will automatically launch the Zune software and take you to the artist's page, so ensure that the software is installed on your PC.



"Don't Forget 'Em" by Consequence
Genre: Hip-Hop/R&B
Length: 3:59

To learn more about Consequence, visit Zune.net.


Thursday, March 1, 2007

Backstage with the Zune Marketplace Team

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 03:00 AM

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/305042_software26.html

"Like many Microsoft Corp. employees, Kyle Hopkins and his team bring years of experience to their jobs. Unlike many others, they won't be found debating the finer points of Windows coding or SQL Server database security. But if the subject is the musical similarities between the Germs and the Blood Brothers, then this is the right group. Hopkins -- also known as DJ "Kid Hops" on KEXP-FM -- leads a group of music experts, disc jockeys, producers, journalists and musicians responsible for editorial content and programming on Zune Marketplace. The online music service works with the Zune device, Microsoft's bid to take on Apple Inc.'s dominant iTunes and iPod combination."



If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to be in the shoes of the folks behind the content found in online music stores, then look no further than Seattle PI's trip backstage with the Zune Marketplace team. You'll find that they're not your average group of geeks - in fact, far from it.


Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Zune Marketplace: Weekly Freebies

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 06:25 PM

http://live.zune.net/ViewZuneRecommendation.aspx?type=playlistID&id=16842448

Another week, and another Zune Marketplace freebie that you can download, play back, burn to a CD, and most importantly, sync to your Zune device. A Zune account is required in order to download the free content. Clicking the link below will automatically launch the Zune software and take you to the artist's page, so ensure that the software is installed on your PC.



"War Hero" by Antibalas
Genre: Rock/Metal
Length:
5:26

To learn more about the Brooklyn-based Antibalas, visit the Zune Marketplace.


Friday, February 23, 2007

Zune Marketplace: Weekly Freebies

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 07:30 PM

http://live.zune.net/ViewZuneRecommendation.aspx?type=playlistID&id=16842373

Another week, and another Zune Marketplace freebie that you can download, play back, burn to a CD, and most importantly, sync to your Zune device. A Zune account is required in order to download the free content. Clicking the link below will automatically launch the Zune software and take you to the artist's page, so ensure that the software is installed on your PC.



"Ankle Injuries" by Fujiya & Miyagi
Genre: Electronic/Dance
Length:
5:04

To learn more about Fujiya & Miyagi, visit the Zune Marketplace.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Zune Marketplace: Weekly Freebies

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 08:30 PM

http://live.zune.net/ViewZuneRecommendation.aspx?type=playlistID&id=16842233

Another week, and another Zune Marketplace freebie that you can download, play back, burn to a CD, and most importantly, sync to your Zune device. A Zune account is required in order to download the free content. Clicking the link below will automatically launch the Zune software and take you to the artist's page, so ensure that the software is installed on your PC.



"Save Yourself (Chris Lord-Algé Mix)" by The Colour
Genre: Rock/Metal
Length:
3:52

To learn more about The Colour, visit the group's profile page at Zune.net.


Thursday, February 8, 2007

Omniture to Optimize the Zune Marketplace

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

http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=211484

"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.

Tags: marketplace

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

I Upgraded to Vista and Got Kicked Out of the Social

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Talk" @ 05:30 PM

http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/2007/02/i_upgraded_to_v.html

"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.



Thursday, February 1, 2007

Zune Marketplace Search Outperforms iTunes

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 01:53 PM

http://www.zunerama.com/articles_011.php#070130_zune_story

"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.


Thursday, January 18, 2007

Balmer: Zune's DRM is Microsoft's Future

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Software" @ 04:30 PM

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=1628

"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.


Friday, December 29, 2006

Zune Marketplace: Weekly Freebies

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 01:10 AM

Another week, and another Zune Marketplace freebie that you can download, play back, burn to a CD, and most importantly, sync to your Zune device. A Zune account is required in order to download the free content. Clicking the link below will automatically launch the Zune software and take you to the artist's page, so ensure that the software is installed on your PC.



"Discotech" by Young Love
Genre: Electronic/Dance
Length: 3:54

And in case you missed last week's freebie, "2B" by Ror-Shak, you may be interested to know that it is still available at no cost.


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Zune Marketplace: Weekly Freebies

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Media" @ 11:00 PM

Welcome to "Weekly Freebies" - the first of many recurring posts where we highlight free Zune Marketplace tracks that you can download, play back, burn to a CD, and most importantly, sync to your Zune device. A Zune account is required in order to download the free content. Clicking the link(s) below will automatically launch the Zune software and take you to the artist's page, so ensure that it's installed on your PC.

There's just one track available this week.



"2B" by Ror-Shak
Genre: Electronic/Dance
Length: 5:54
Release Date: November 21, 2006


Friday, December 15, 2006

Are You A Sucker for Zune Pass?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 06:45 AM

http://www.terrygold.com/t/2006/12/thank_you_apple.html

"Last month the Zune was released, and now the way I listen to music has changed radically again. Music makes me really happy, and I’m listening to more of it and I’m discovering new types of music too. I do like the Zune better than the iPod, but that’s not the point of this post or really the reason that I’m listening to new music. Every Zune comes with a free 14 day free trial of Zune’s subscription music service - that's what changed everything. I may never buy another CD. I’ll warn you, if you try it you may get hooked just like I did."



Much like Terry Gold, I love music and I love discovering new artists, so I wasn't the least bit surprised to find that I was able to relate to his love for Zune Pass - an all-you-can-eat music service (similar to URGE et al.) that the iPod/iTunes ecosystem lacks. For the cost to own roughly one album per month, you gain access to many, and that's a hard deal to beat. As "rented" music (good for as long as the subscription is active), the DRM isn't overly restrictive; while tunes cannot be burned, or synced to more than two devices, they can be played back on three computers and even the Xbox 360 (either via the Zune software or the Zune player). That's a reasonable amount of playback rights for most people. This new door to music is one edge that the Zune has over the iPod, and is even the reason that some people have chosen a Zune over an iPod this Christmas. Are you in that boat?


Thursday, December 7, 2006

Zune Drops to Fifth, MS Says That's OK

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Talk" @ 09:00 PM

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a4mxDq8JK89U

"Microsoft Corp.'s Zune device dropped to fifth place from second in the U.S. market for digital media players in its second week in stores, market researcher NPD Group Inc. said. Zune captured 2.1 percent of the market in the week ended Nov. 25, said Stephen Baker, an analyst at Port Washington, New York-based NPD, in an interview today. Baker said Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod remained the leader, with 39.4 percent that week, based on units sold. Zune's market share declined as SanDisk Corp. boosted sales with a 50 percent price cut on its media players, taking a 39.3 percent share and knocking Microsoft from the No. 2 spot it occupied in its first week in the market. Redmond, Washington- based Microsoft sold about the same number of units as the previous week, failing to keep pace with rising holiday sales."

OK, 2.1 percent doesn't sound that great, but remember Microsoft has a plan, as stated in a report released yesterday:

""While this is expected, our focus is less on week over week numbers, and more on the incremental sales that are leading to overall growth of the category," said a Microsoft spokeswoman in a statement. .. Microsoft has said it plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to develop and market the Zune, while acknowledging that the investment may take years to bear fruit."


Microsoft's in it for the long haul and they, more than anyone, have the resources to bide their time.


Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Sony Hints at iPod/Zune-like Strategy

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 04:30 PM

http://blog.wired.com/music/2006/12/sony_hints_at_z.html

"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...


Monday, December 4, 2006

PvPonline.com: Welcome to the Social

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.pvponline.com/article/3009/fri-dec-01



I couldn't help but chuckle at PvPonline.com's Friday comic (click the link to see the entire strip), which harmlessly stabbed the Zune and its sharing capabilities. It brings forth a question that's been on my mind for quite some time: how many of you have successfully shared music with a friend's or stranger's Zune, liked the music, and followed through and purchased it (either from the Zune Marketplace or your favourite 'brick and mortar' store)? I'm guessing not many, given Zune's current day infancy.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Zune Marketplace Song Playback Issue?

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.zunescene.com/forums/index.php?topic=2451.0

"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."

http://www.zunescene.com/forums/index.php?topic=2451.0
http://www.zunescene.com/forums/index.php?topic=2838.0

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?


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