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All posts tagged "new zune"


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Fan-Made (Fake) Device Renders: Eww

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Talk" @ 04:30 PM

http://i.gizmodo.com/5220712/anothe...possible-lineup

No offense to whomever Photoshopped this, but it looks like the unfortunate offspring of the large screen of a LG KF700 and the oversized chin of an HTC G1. The image purports to be the next generation flash or harddrive-based Zune model, but I'd argue against it being a flash device based on the awkward positioning of the controls at the bottom, which make it seem like a more difficult-to-operate version of the 4G iPod Nano (a device with usability problems of its own). That just leaves the higher capacity harddrive based model. As Crunchgear's Devin Coldewey points out, it appears the screen is just a stretched copy of the Zune80 press image, the picture itself doesn't really vibe well with the rest of Zune marketing. Even though this clearly isn't an actual render from the Zune team, it does raise an interesting point; what will the third generation harddisk and flash-based Zunes look like? Is the high-end touch screen device the future of the line? Sure would be nice to hear from Microsoft on this.

Tags: new zune, zunehd

Friday, April 10, 2009

Zune Marketing Leaked: Zune HD On The Way?

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune News" @ 04:11 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/10/...is-the-zune-hd/

Whoah. Engadget's got the scoop on what appears to be marketing for a new Zune player, called the Zune HD. Which, judging by its name, will feature an HD screen and what looks to be touch controls. We have no specs, or proof that it's even real, but I'm sure we'll find out soon enough. Even if it turns out to be a hoax, I still want it.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Zunes Coming

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune News" @ 06:40 AM

http://twitter.com/brianseitz/

There was some Zune news last night via Twitter from Brian Seitz on the Zune team that there will be "new zune hardware this year." This is great, if not entirely unexpected news. Since we really have very little to go on, I expect there will be a lot of speculation as to what form this hardware actually takes. And no reason not to start now!

Personally I think there is going to be a refresh of the flash players. Maybe a few more size options for the flash drive. I wouldn't mind seeing them increase the screen size a bit on the flash models since there is plenty of room for it. I don't think that the Zune 120 will get a lift. I guess they could expand the HDD again but I think overall that model just seems to be at a sweet spot.

I think the biggest addition though will definitely be a touchscreen based Zune. Microsoft needs something to compete against the iTouch. My one hope for all of these models is that the screens are all upped to wide screen and have their resolutions and color depth increased. If the Zune finds itself integrated


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The Zune UI Live in Action

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 11:10 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SInVzXdQ_sQ

Last night we saw a lot of pictures of the new Zunes, but what we didn't see until this morning was the user interface. One word: WOW. I was expecting new hardware of course, but I wasn't expecting much in the way of new user interface, but they've definitely evolved it significantly. Check out this video - and watch later today for some further videos.


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Higher-Resolution Spy Shot of v2 Zunes Posted

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 10:20 AM

http://www.zunescene.com/forums/index.php?topic=21030.0

Over in the Zune Scene forums, the "Zune Spy" that works at a big-box retail store has posted a higher resolution image of the forthcoming Zunes.



Here's the high-res version of that same photo if the Zune Scene forums are sluggish (seems the interest level is quite high). It seems like the more secret something is, the worse the photo ends up being. Zooming in a little on the bigger photo, here's my analysis of what we're seeing so far:
  • The hard drive-based unit on the far right looks a fair bit thinner than the v1 Zune. It's hard to say for sure of course without having a side-angle view, and maybe these are just cardboard mock-ups that don't map to the same physical dimensions as the real thing, but if you look at the angle of the edge, it looks iPod-esque thin. Wouldn't that be great if the Zune wasn't as chunky?
  • I've seen some people say that there's only going to be one colour for the hard-drive based player: that's possible, although it would be unfortunate for the Zune team to make so many cool colours and designs for the v1 Zune and have it all go away for just a single black Zune. If there has to be one colour, black is the best choice. I find it hard to believe, however, that the Flash-based Zunes are going to be only sold as either pink of brown. That would be...horrible. I'm not one of those brown-bashers, I think it looks quite good, but I didn't buy the brown Zune for myself, so if the only choices are brown and pink, that would be a very bad thing. I can't believe the Zune team wouldn't also have a black and/or white option in there as well.
  • The "squircle" looks decent - hopefully it's not awkward to use.
  • The buttons looks like they're some sort of soft-touch implementation - not quite touch-sensitive buttons, but not quite the manual clicker buttons.
It seems like the launch is very close, so stay tuned!

UPDATE: Kostas Tzounopoulos from Zune-Online was kind enough (thanks man!) to drop us an email with a link to his Flickr gallery with the really-for-real high resolution (5 megapixel) images. Check out this high-res image to see the mock-ups in all their mock-glory. There's nothing like 5 megapixels worth of blurred pink Zune!

Tags: new zune, zune 2

Monday, October 1, 2007

Zune 2 Announcement Coming Tomorrow?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Smartphone News" @ 02:12 PM

http://www.betanews.com/article/Microsoft_to_Debut_Zune_2_on_Tuesday/1191256215

"Microsoft will hold a event on Tuesday in Redmond to herald the second generation of Zune music players, BetaNews has learned. According to sources close to the situation, both Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Design and Development chief J Allard will be on hand for the event. The main part of the announcement will center around the players, which will include the first flash memory based Zunes. Entering the flash-based device market is very important for Microsoft, as the category is by far the most popular. While the Zune has managed to grab a 10 percent share of the HDD player segment, overall that has amounted to about a 3 percent share of the market in general."

Every rumour I've heard about points to October being the month when the second generation Zune products are being unveiled, so this story isn't that surprising - though it's a fair ways off from the October 16th date that other sites have reported as being "for sure". Sometimes I think blogs publishing rumours are like psychics - people remember how "amazing" it is when they get something right, but forget about the other 99% of the time when they get it wrong. At any rate, sometime soon we'll be seeing what the Zune v2 is all about, and I can't wait!

Tags: new zune, zune 2

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Could These be the Second Generation Zunes?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 01:56 PM

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/portable-media/first-zune-2-and-zune-flash-shots-295284.php

"Here are the first shots of the Zune 2 and Zune Flash. The images reveal an 80GB version and a 4GB and 8GB flash model. Not sure what's going on with that interesting controller, but it looks like a real button, but is just wide enough that it may have touch-sensitive properties. These photos came from a source who cites marketing materials, likely from the retail channel, but were confirmed by a second source as well. Does that mean they're final? I don't know. If I were Microsoft, I might seed the internet with mockups as to confuse. Oh, how I love counterintelligence measures. So take them with a grain of salt, confirmed as something, but still unofficial."



Just like the nice man at Gizmodo says, this could be nothing more than a ruse - but it's by far the most realistic one I've seen so far. You'll notice I never posted any of that "Draco" or "Scorpio" junk - it takes more than "I heard this thing from this guy who knows a guy" for me to call that "news". Even a rumour needs to have some specifics or be substantiated in some way in order for it to be taken seriously. At any rate, this is looking quite interesting - based on the image above, I can glean the following details:
  • The new Flash-based Zune will be available in 8 GB and 4 GB capacities
  • Colours for the new Flash-based Zune will be black, red, pink and green
  • The new Flash-based Zune has a bigger control pad and the buttons are up higher
  • It looks like the current chunky Zune will stick around, but be offered with an 80 GB hard drive and be available only in black
My analysis? While 4 GB might seem "small" to us, the average person in North America still doesn't have 4 GB worth of digital music - so they need to have that "small" size. But topping out at 8 GB? A big mistake in my opinion - with the new Zen Vision offering up to 16 GB of storage [affiliate], and an SD card slot to expand it even more, I think Microsoft is making a mistake by not offering a Zune that at least matches what the competition does. 4 GB and 8 GB storage capacities match the previous generation of MP3 players, not the next generation - and the Zune desperately needs a "wow" product.

Regarding the hard-drive based player - I'm a bit puzzled. 80 GB is a capacity they should have offered right out of the gate last year, to at least match what Apple has on the high end. They didn't, and I believe they missed out on a great opportunity. So here we have the next generation and they're releasing a product that matches what Apple had last year. Seeing a pattern here? I think 80 GB is a good capacity mind you, but if that's the only change that has been made, then I'll be disappointed. If it was a 640 x 480 screen with 16.7 million colours, the device was thinner, and more codecs were supported on the device (h.264, Divx, DVR-MS, etc.) then maybe this would be a compelling device.

That's my take on this - what's yours?


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