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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Quick Breakdown of Zune Social Updates

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune News" @ 09:30 PM

http://www.insidethecircle.net/2009...et-updates.html

"So last night, zune.net underwent some changes to make your discovery of music easier and they've added some features that get you more involved with the artists that you enjoy. Here's an inside (the circle) look at what those new features entails:"

Marques lays out the changes to Zune Social made in the last couple of days, including brief breakdowns of each of the new features introduced. If you've been wondering what "follow an artist" actually means, give it a read.

Tags: social

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Welcome to The New-And-Improved Social

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune Talk" @ 05:00 AM

One of the best functions of the Zune is that it lends itself to music discovery in several ways. The sharing feature that the Zune launched with is the most well-known and oft-ridiculed method. Microsoft has come out with several iterations of the Zune firmware since then and what most people don't realize is that the social aspects of the Zune have been upgraded significantly. In fact, many of the complaints I've seen about the Zune center around the fact that it doesn't perform functions that it actually can perform. Without owning a device, however, its pretty difficult to understand all of the nuances of the Zune.

The Zune device has always had a menu option for wireless sharing. Originally that option was limited at best. It was the right idea but three days was too limited to serve any real value. Until the day comes that the Zune is everywhere the feature will always struggle to find acceptance. Its OK though because there are better ways to share music with your friends. Much better ways, actually. In fact if you have a few friends in your social circle on the Zune it can change the experience quite a bit! So how does this whole social thing actually work? Glad you asked!

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Tags: zune, social

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Music Trivia : The Social Feature

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune News" @ 12:18 PM

"I’m a program manager working on The Social. Basically, that means I, along with a development team, design new features for our web site. For those of you who aren’t familiar with software development, the way it generally works is like this: we get feedback on scenarios from users (whether that’s in these forums, doing research, etc), and then we design/build/test/release new features based on these scenarios. So I’m testing out a new idea: What if we try to develop a feature WITH the community? I mean, our community is the energy that powers zune social, right?"

I'm not sure how this slipped under my radar for so long. It might have something to do with my crazy real life work schedule! Last month, the Zune team wanted the community to help develop a new idea for the social. They gave some guidelines but let the floodgates open for everyone to bring their own ideas to the table. It seems we missed that boat since a feature has emerged from the all of the suggestions. It isn't, however, too late to get involved.

"Thanks everyone for the awesome suggestions - both for a game idea for The Social and for other requests (you can continue to submit other requests in the Wishlist forums!). Based on the poll and your comments, music trivia seems to have risen to the top. So let's go with that. Our next step is to figure out what exactly music trivia means."

The feature suggested is music trivia. I suppose that seems appropriate for a music social network. Now comes the task of fleshing out the feature and that is just getting started. If you want to be able to say you had a bit of a hand in helping Microsoft expand their Social offering, head over to their forums and throw your hat into the ring. Who knows, you could have the next brilliant suggestion! (I'd bet on it too, because let's face it, our readers are pretty smart! ;) )

Tags: social, trivia

Monday, November 13, 2006

Microsoft Makes It Official: Welcome to the Social

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

"Celebrating the U.S. launch of the new Zune™ digital media player and music service, Microsoft Corp. has worked with a number of cutting-edge artists to stage free concerts in public parks and plazas in urban centers across the country. Today at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle at the first of these Zune concerts, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates took the stage to share his excitement for this next step Microsoft is taking in music and entertainment. Gates outlined the Zune vision to create new ways for people to connect, discover and share music and entertainment experiences. He was joined onstage by John Richards, morning show host of popular community radio station KEXP, to showcase the new Zune-to-Zune wireless sharing feature. Richards wirelessly sent the inaugural song to Gates, who then surprised the crowd by giving away his Zune device to a member of the audience. Building on the “Hello from Seattle” greeting printed on the back of every Zune device, Richards created a playlist to celebrate Seattle music in honor of the Zune launch. The complete KEXP “Hello from Seattle” playlist will be available on Zune Marketplace for consumers to download."

The official Zune launch is just a couple of hours away, and well, you know how it goes. Things don't feel official without some official PRs from the company itself. If you're interested in checking them out, hit PressPass for one about the launch and one about the "social". The second PR is very focused on the concept of "future-proofing". Microsoft wants you to know that despite some current limitations, the Zune will be upgradeable. We've seen this happen over the past year with the Xbox 360, and with the same team working on the Zune, I do believe that it'll be given the same sort of treatment.

So, folks, the Zune will be available from 30,000 US retailers. Tell us if you'll be picking up one (or two or three) tomorrow.


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