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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.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Pink Zunes, Y'all

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Hardware" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.zuneguy.com/2006/11/ship-gift.html



So, pink and orange ones for the Zune team, eh? It's no Product (Red), that's for sure.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Shots of the Seattle Launch

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Events" @ 10:30 PM

http://www.zunerama.com/#061113_zune2_story

"A Zune is born this day. This morning, Bill Gates bounced on stage, in Zune jacket and all, and introduced Zune to a crowd of enthusiastic Seattleites. Bill was preceded on stage by Secret Machines, who played a short set. We had breakfast with the Zune team, along with some lucky contest winners, and with Ben, Brandon, and Josh from Secret Machines."



It looked pretty cold in Seattle yesterday, but that wasn't going to stop the people gathering to see what Bill Gates and the Zune team had up their sleeves. Harvey from Zunerama snapped a few shots of the action. Head over there for a look.


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Steve Kaneko Tackles the Brown Question

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 07:40 PM

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

"Why brown? Because love it or hate it, people feel something. Artists and musicians take chances everyday, and so will we. What few people haven’t seen yet is that we didn’t stop with just brown, we encased it in an “anti-freeze green” double-shot. There’s nothing like it out there that resembles the warmth and grittiness of certain styles of music. It is both formal and informal. And it appeals to men and women. It’s a color that’s both everyday and high fashion at the same time"

I guess that's a fair response to Microsoft's choice of brown as the trademark colour of the Zune. I'll admit that it's grown on me. The brown Zune doesn't seem as bad now as it did weeks ago when it was first revealed, though I'm still a sucker for the black Zune with its cool blue trim. Back to the interview, Steve goes on to discuss other aspects of the Zune design. Most of it is focused on the current. I'm actually interested in the future. What does Microsoft have in store for the second-generation Zune and beyond, and even nano-sized Zune devices (assuming they're in the making)?


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