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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Free, Wireless Access to the Zune Marketplace at McDonald's

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune News" @ 05:55 AM

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/...neUpdatePR.mspx

"Revealed last week, the new software will allow Zune users to wirelessly stream and download music from the Zune Marketplace store on the go; tag and purchase songs directly from the built-in FM radio; and tap into new, personalized music recommendations and programming. To allow customers to take full advantage of the new wireless functionality, Zune today announced that it is working with high-speed Internet access provider Wayport Inc. to deliver Zune users free, wireless access to the Zune Marketplace from more than 9,800 participating McDonald’s®restaurants across the U.S. "Wayport is pleased to be working with Microsoft to make it easier for Zune users to access music on the go," said Dan Lowden, vice president of business development and marketing for Wayport. "Our ability to enable and manage applications and devices over converged networks creates exciting new opportunities for our clients to attract new customers whose digital lifestyle extends beyond their home and office.""

Fancy the idea of free, wireless access to the Zune Marketplace? Microsoft has partnered with Wayport to offer exactly that at over 9,800 McDonald's restaurants. Zune Pass never looked so good!


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Sandisk's Sansa Connect: What the Zune Should Have Been?

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Talk" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.tipsdr.com/?p=871

"The Yahoo Music Blog announced the release of the Sandisk Sansa Connect, the Wifi enabled MP3 player that will free you from your USB cables, at least until you need to charge it. You can listen to personalized radio, share music over Yahoo Messenger, view photos from Flickr and download music. They are offering unlimited downloads from Yahoo Music Unlimited for only $12 dollars a month, but I see no mention if they are cutting a similar deal of DRM less MP3’s from EMI... I’m not buying any more MP3 players, with three different iPods, a Zune and various generic MP3 players, I don’t think that me or my kids needs another, but if someone wants to send me one for review, I’d sure like to try one out. Maybe someone should send one to Microsoft so they can see what their wireless should look like."

Well, Sansa's done it again, beating the competition at their own game. The way they've implemented their Wi-Fi is so superior to Microsoft's they shouldn't even be considered the same type of thing. The Sansa Connect's Wi-Fi is something I might actually use, whereas I've never once turned on the Wi-Fi receiver in my Zune. So what do you think? Is this the Wi-Fi implementation you were hoping for in the Zune, or another example of close but no cigar?


Tuesday, February 27, 2007

WiFi Competition Heating Up

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.netmusiccountdown.com/inc/news_article.php?id=12150

"Several companies are following in the footsteps of Microsoft's Zune, and coming out with their own versions of Wi-Fi equipped digital audio players. Among those jumping on the wi-fi bandwagon are Sandisk, iRiver, Archos, Polaroid, and AOL. Sandisk's $250 Sansa Connect device will work with a service called Zing to allow users to share music, stream internet radio, and download tracks."

Not only are a number of DAP manufacturers adding WiFi to upcoming devices, but many are trying to pick up where Microsoft dropped the ball by adding many of the features the Zune community has been asking for. Microsoft better be careful to not drag their feet too long on Zune improvements or future models, or their Social might just be surpassed.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Startup to Create Real Wi-Fi Sharing Device

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

http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,72693-0.html?tw=rss.index

"Three digital music veterans have launched a stealth startup and are close to unveiling both a new portable media player and what they're calling an "internet radio ecosystem," Wired News has learned... Capitalizing on their involvement in earlier generations of digital music devices and services and using what they learned the first time around, they're building a portable player they hope will be the first major step forward in the category since Apple released the iPod... The device will feature wireless connectivity, a new type of integration with online radio stations, a social aspect and most likely some sort of automatic customization feature for recommending new music, according to a source familiar with the product. It's unclear whether these features have all been finalized, however, and some details could change between now and the product launch. In interviews with Wired News, the company said it was "too early" to discuss which types of connectivity its device will offer, but disclosed that "traditional USB connections will (only) play a minor role in getting content to your device." A spokesman added that the device has yet to be officially named."

That sure didn't take long. I figured eventually someone would think "Say, DAP Wi-Fi sharing is a good idea. Too bad Microsoft dropped the ball on it. I know, let's just do it ourselves!", I just didn't think it would be this fast. Frankly we still haven't a clue whether Wi-Fi sharing is something people actually want or will use. Sure, we can all say "But does your DAP share via Wi-Fi?", but how many of use will ever actually do so? Probably not me, but then again my 'social' is real small. ;-)


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Not the Only Wi-Fi in Town

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/11/20/CNET.TMP

"Microsoft's Zune is generating buzz as the first mass-marketed Wi-Fi-enabled MP3 player, but it isn't the only -- nor the first -- portable media gadget to go wireless. Other lesser-known Wi-Fi-enabled portables can do something the Zune can't do (yet)."

We have all heard the buzz: Welcome to the Social. I was excited as anyone about Zune's wireless capabilities. Notice I said "was". I'm extremely disappointed with the crippled capabilities in this first wave. I am still excited about the potential. I like to leave a DMP in my car. I want to be able to pull into my driveway and sync my device without dragging it into the house and plugging into my PC. (Is that so much to ask?) Contrary to all the press, however, the Zune is not boldly going where no DMP has gone before. Drowned out by the Zune’s wireless buzz are a number of lesser-known DMPs with Wi-Fi built in, already doing some of what the Zune aspires to. Cnet gives a nice rundown of Wi-Fi enabled devices, their benefits, and drawbacks. What is the most important wireless for you?

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