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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Microsoft Store South Coast Plaza Grand Opening Pictures

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:01 AM

Today is the grand opening of the Microsoft Store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California. Celebrity guests include Selena Gomez, Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian.

The doors to the mall opened up around 6:00 AM PST and people started lining up immediately. There are about 1,500 people lined up. Maybe closer to 2,000. Lines were formed in front of the store and at all four corridors around the atrium closest to the Microsoft Store. All in all, it was a great turn out and everyone seemed to be in a good mood. Here are some pictures from the ground at about 9:30 AM PST.

More pictures after the break. Read more...


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Use Zune Marketplace Backend with MP3Tag

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Content Creation & Management" @ 06:00 AM

http://a-simian-mind.blogspot.com/2...tag-source.html

"Given that the current (and past) Zune software lacks any decent metadata editing I've been using Mp3tag to adjust the various tags as well as grab album art. One cool feature of Mp3tag is that you can look up album information from a variety of online sources, most notably Amazon. From there you can grab track listings and album art to help flush out your metadata.Only problem is that sometimes the Zune Marketplace files an album differently than Amazon[...]. After poking around with Mp3tag's extensible "web sources framework" and using Fiddler to watch the HTTP traffic to and from zune.net I cobbled together a Zune source that will pull down the exact album information as listed on the Marketplace as well as the album art."


Shawn Oster points out how easy it is to hook the backend of the Zune marketplace into MP3Tag to get properly tagged and recognized files. He also points out that this could be helpful in getting Social to recognize the songs you play (though I'm not convinced of his argument that Social takes the album metadata from your computer--I'm pretty sure that comes from their servers).


He brings up another cool tidbit: "zune.net just made their 800x800 album art available via the back-end service I'm using so now you can grab full 800x800 album art even on tracks you didn't purchase directly from the Marketplace. Just download Marketplace.zip and extract the single Marketplace.src into your %appdata%Mp3tagdatasources folder and you'll be rocking! I'd also suggest you download the very latest beta of Mp3tag because the tag sources (what Marketplace plugs into) dialog is much easier to figure out for first timers, plus I always include the artist in the track listing and version 2.39n supports splitting this into the correct tags."


Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Zune Supports Chat - Not Really

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Software" @ 11:30 AM

http://www.zunerama.com/articles_010.php#070115_zune_story

"Wireless sharing is sweet for exchanging music and pictures between Zunes. But wouldn't it be great to be able to actually communicate with another Zuner using your Zune's wireless capability? Well, now you can. Zunerama member Zunadu has created a collection of 1,000 graphics files containing short phrases that can be beamed back and forth between Zunes. The phrases are organized into folders, so you can fairly easily get to the message you're looking for. Zunadu calls his collection "ChikaZune"."



Okay, it's not really the sort of instant messaging we were hoping for, but assuming you have the patience, it's the next best thing. Just try not to hit a hurdle by wanting to say a phrase not contained in the collection of images. Happy squirting. ;-)


Friday, November 10, 2006

Engadget's LA Preview Event Gallery

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 04:20 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/09/zune-player-store-accessores-and-xbox-360-hands-on/



Engadget crashed the LA preview event this week and snapped oodles of pictures for our viewing pleasure. All of a sudden, the brown Zune doesn't seem all that bad. Maybe it's the lighting.

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Zune Battery Life Figures Revealed

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

http://www.zuneinsider.com/2006/10/battery_life.html



Microsoft has just revealed battery life figures for the Zune. First, the good news: wireless doesn't suck much juice, and the hours you can get out of a single charge are very similar to the 30GB iPod. With music playback, the Zune will give you 13 hours with wireless on and 14 hours with wireless off (the 30GB iPod offers up to 14 hours). With video playback and picture slideshows, you'll get up to 4 hours (the 30GB iPod offers up to 4 hours and 3.5 hours respectively). So, what's the bad news? Truth be told, I would have preferred something more. It's great that the Zune doesn't lose out to the iPod, but a little disappointing that it doesn't do any better. Microsoft could have easily packed a better battery into the device to get 50% more hours, without adding any extra bulk. Well, I guess we'll wait and see what the second generation delivers.


Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Sharing Songs and Pictures with the Zune

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 09:52 PM

http://www.on10.net/Blogs/duncan/sharing-songs-and-pictures-with-the-zune/


Figure 1: Discovering neighbouring Zunes (and what the user is listening to). Privacy alert! ;-)

And the videos just keep flowing. Duncan Mackenzie from on10.net, and his buddy, Brian Johnson, got their hands on two pre-production Zunes and decided to put Microsoft's 3 plays / 3 days sharing to the test. Everything seems quite fluid, though don't expect it to work all that great outside of the US, where come November 14, the Zune will be almost non-existent. Duncan's video is five-and-a-half minutes long. If you don't have time to watch it, check out some of our screen grabs after the break.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Zune Eye-Candy

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Hardware" @ 09:37 PM

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Well, we have 28,000 of them for you, courtesy of the FCC.





The FCC report is legitimate, so there are no question marks here. On the front, you can see a circular control pad, flanked by a "Back" button and a "Play/Pause" button.





The bottom of the Zune features a sync-and-charge connector. The top houses a headphone jack. The rear has an all-too-familiar Zune logo printed on it.









Above, you'll find a series of shots of the Zune's system board from all angles.



Attached to it is Toshiba's 30GB 1.8" HDD.









Yeah, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, baby!





The Zune includes a reasonably-sized 3.0" low-temperature TFT-LCD, great for viewing album art, browsing your media library, and watching videos (for those who doubted it, an FCC document indicates that the latter is supported).





Proof, once again, that the Zune contains a spinning platter.





Housed within the Zune is a 3.7V Li-Ion battery. It looks to be non-user-replaceable, but we'll learn more about this in the coming weeks.







The FCC's product testing environments are never visually appealing, but thanks to their provision of Zune-related images, we forgive 'em.





Black is back.



And apparently, so is chocolate brown.







Seeing images like this prompts an important question. Will the Zune only connect and talk to Windows-based PCs, or will it befriend Macs as well? iTunes' compatibility with both Windows and Mac OS has helped the iPod transform into a raging success worldwide. Microsoft owes it to itself to follow suit.


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