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All posts tagged "zune 2"


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The 4 GB / 8 GB Zune Fact Sheet

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



Microsoft Zune 4GB, Zune 8GB Fact Sheet (October 2007)

Name: Zune® 4GB, Zune 8GB
Manufacturer: Microsoft Corp.
Category: Digital media player
Availability: November 2007
Price: $149.99, $199.99 ERP1
Colors: Black, pink, red, green

Product Overview: Super slim and ultra-portable, Zune 4GB and Zune 8GB make it easy to take your music, videos, pictures and podcasts wherever you go. Listen to your favorite radio station with the built-in FM tuner or wirelessly share tracks with your friends2 to discover new music on the go. Browse the Zune Marketplace to choose from millions of songs, albums, DRM-free (without digital rights management) MP3s, music videos, podcasts and more.
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The New Zune...in Pictures

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 10:07 PM


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, September 20, 2007

Zune 2 Rumors Again?

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune Talk" @ 08:10 AM

Alright! The Zune 2 details have been confirmed by an insider over at Zune Scene. *insert record scratch noise here* Wait a second, let's hold up for JUST a moment. I debated even writing anything about this when I first saw this go up on Zune Scene. I should have known half the internet would pick up on it.

First of all, I fully believe Zune 2 is coming and coming soon. I wouldn't be surprised if it took a form similar to what we've seen in pictures but those pictures look so fake to me that I just can't believe that's the Zune in its final form.

I also question the color options as legitimate. Black is a no brainer. But red and pink as the ONLY other color choices? I just find it hard to believe that white wouldn't be an option. It's almost a requirement. And brown has been a very good seller. I think it's always been #2 behind black on Amazon.

October doesn't seem to be an unreasonable release month. But this source gave a very specific October 16th. I guess we'll have to see.

My issue with this 'interview' is that other than the release date (which the source covered themselves for by saying it was a target) every piece of information given was pretty vague. I could have acted as a source and given essentially the same information.

The Zune Phone is the kicker for me. If this all comes to pass, I'll eat my words. But I'm very skeptical of what I'm reading right now.

Tags: rumor, zune 2

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