Zune - Portable Media Player
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- 30GB digital media player stores up to 7,500 songs, 25,000 pictures or 100 hours of video
- Features wireless networking so you can share tracks and other media
- 3-inch color screen features a landscape mode for video viewing
- Compatible with Zune Marketplace for media downloads and subscriptions
- Automatically imports your existing music, pictures and videos from iTunes and Windows Media Player in a variety of formats
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Zune is here. Designed around the principles of sharing, discovery and community, Zune will create new ways for people to connect and share entertainment experiences. The Zune experience centers around connection-- connection to your library, connection to friends, connection to community and connection to other devices.
The Zune has arrived, sporting sharing features that may revolutionise the way we experience music.
Zune stores up to 7,500 songs, 25,000 pictures or 100 hours of video. You can make playlists on the go and watch a slide show while you're listening. Watching video in landscape mode gets the most out of the vivid display. Zune has all that and a built in FM tuner, too. Zune comes in three colors: black, brown and white.
Wireless Zune-to-Zune Sharing
Every Zune device creates an opportunity for connection. Wireless Zune-to-Zune sharing lets you spontaneously share full-length sample tracks of select songs, homemade recordings, playlists or pictures with friends between Zune devices. Listen to the full track of any song you receive up to three times over three days. If you like a song you hear and want to buy it, you can flag it right on your device and easily purchase it from the Zune Marketplace.
The 30 GB player comes in three colors.
Zune makes it easy to find music you love--whether it's songs in your existing library or new music from the Zune Marketplace. Easily import your existing music, pictures and videos in many popular formats and browse millions of songs on Zune Marketplace, where you can choose to purchase tracks individually or to buy a Zune Pass subscription to download as many songs as you want for a flat fee. It's simple to buy music and sync it on your player. The Zune Marketplace works with the Microsoft Points program so you can purchase music online without a credit card.
To get started with great music and videos out of the box, every Zune device is preloaded with content from record labels such as DTS, EMI Music's Astralwerks Records and Virgin Records, Ninja Tune, Playlouderecordings, Quango Music Group, Sub Pop Records, and V2/Artemis Records.
Zune's three-inch screen can be switched to landscape mode--great for video.
Zune software can automatically import your existing music, pictures and videos from iTunes and Windows Media Player in a variety of formats, including your existing playlists and song ratings, as permitted by the online service from which it was purchased.
Room to Grow
As Zune evolves, your device can be easily updated. The Zune software on your PC will let you know when updates are available for download. And with built-in wireless capability in each player, the future is filled with possibilities.
You can choose from a full line of accessories to outfit your Zune. Three Zune Accessory Packs provide complete solutions for Zune in your car, in your home or while you travel. Individual accessories are also available.
- The Zune Car Pack includes everything needed to hit the road with a Zune device, such as the built-in FM tuner with AutoSeek and the Zune Car Charger.
- The Zune Home A/V Pack enhances your experience in the home through five products that integrate Zune with the TV and music speakers: Zune AV Output Cable, Zune Dock, Zune Sync Cable, Zune AC Adapter and the Zune Wireless Remote for Zune Dock.
- Zune Travel Pack is a set of five products designed to keep friends and family entertained on the road: Zune Premium Earphones, Zune Dual Connect Remote, Zune Gear Bag, Zune Sync Cable and the Zune AC Adapter.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm not ipod bashing here but the reason I departed from my ipod video is because I found the battery life on the ipod abysmal and despite looking after it the amount of scratches the ipod acquired made it look very tatty in a hurry. The Zune is larger (not by much)than the ipod but thats the price of having a larger screen. The build quality of the Zune is superior as its more sturdy and less flimsy then the ipod, and the zune also has a scratch resistant two tone colour body (mine is black with a blue tinge. Battery life on the zune is also great providing you turn the screen light down to a reasonable switch off time mine is set to 1 min.
Headphones are okay but as all mp3 owners know you need to invest in better ones to get the best sound quality.
As for software theres no doubt that for teh ipod itunes is fantastic, the Zune uses a modified form of windows media player (windows media zuned) so software and syncing to the device is intuitive and relatively easy.Read more ›
Previously owned iPOD. Passed to someone else :)
Tried all the features bar one. Easily transferred my iPOD library, radio is fantastic, video is great, use with Xbox 360 (connected to my expensive HiFi) is mind blowing, battery life comparable with iPOD, Zune PC software is more intuitive though MarketPlace could be more extensive.
I have not tried the Wireless connection yet.
Would I purchase again....definitley.
I immediately started saving my money. I stopped going to restuarants and instead ate Ramen noodles for every meal. After a few days even the sight of the Ramen logo made me cringe in disgust but it was worth it, I thought, because I was going to get a Zune.
Finally after two weeks I was able to buy one. I couldn't wait to get home and unwrap my new Zune, the joy and excitment were overpowering. However, after a short time of using the Zune, those joyful feelings gradually turned to sorrow and regret. What I now realize is the Zune has the most excessive DRM of any digital media player to date.
You know that "ease of file sharing" highlighted in the commercials? Well, turns out you can only play a transferred song 3 times - after that it disappears. Also, even if you never play the song once, it disappears after 3 days. The same restrictions apply even if the song was bought from the Zune store and the recipient has paid for a Zune pass. Oh, and even if you partially play a song that counts as one complete play.
Another thing is the Zune pretty much forces you to download your songs only from the Zune store that charges $1 per song, and it doesn't allow you to upload non copyright protected music at all.
I've talked to numerous other people and everyone is really pissed about the excessive DRM.Read more ›
However, I've owned many mp3 players, including iPods, and the Zune is the best one I've used hardware wise. The sound is superb, the magnetic headphones are great, the clickwheel is superior to the stylish yet impractical iPod's, and watching videos is a pleasure.
The menu system is also easier to navigate, being a Windows user. With one click you can go from album to artist categories, far faster than iPod's clunky menu system.
The radio sounds great, and the reception is better than my standalone radio. Only annoyance is it's FM only, so I can't listen to football commentary on it.
Haven't been able to use sharing function, but that hardly matters. The Zune is stylish, the doubleshot is very nice, the screen is huge, you can customise by having your own backgrounds... it really is better than the iPod. Unfortunately, it's not going to create waves just yet. Maybe a couple of versions down the road will really stun people, but as it stands it's a nifty device. I like the fact that a few months down the line, it looks as new as when I bought it.
My Zune has actually gone wrong, but having had my iPod gone wrong outside its warranty, I can live with it. I was afraid I would have difficulty getting help from Microsoft being a UK buyer, but they took my phonecall fine. If you can get someone's address in America to register with (e.g. a friend, or company you bought from), and get them to post replacement etc for you, you are covered if anything goes wrong. And if you can't do this arrangement, you could always sell your broken Zune on eBay with receipts to a US customer - better than throwing it away!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've lost track of the Apple, Creative, Philips and other MP3/MP4 players I've bought for myself or my children but it's got to be approaching a couple of dozen over the last few... Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2008 by Mr. Michael J. Hart
I bought a Mk1 black Zune due to the fact I liked its 'functional looks' (and the fact that my previous two Archos players had bad battery problems). Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2008 by Mr. J. E. Dagless
I absolutley love this thing, amazing quality screen, brilliant user interface and in my opinion a lot better looking than the ipod!! Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2007 by J. N. Codd
I like most everything about the Zune. Firmware is now on 1.4 which has ironed out some minor issues (none of which I was affected by anyway) and improved the shuffle... Read morePublished on 27 July 2007 by DL
Its what i've come to expect from microsoft - does what it says it does, a little bit more nothing less. Works with a Xbox 360 perfectly. Beware Marketplace doesn't work in UK. Read morePublished on 2 July 2007 by Andy
I picked this up from Newark airport last December and as a mp3 player it is excellent, sound quality great and usability of the hardware is very simple and doesn't have the... Read morePublished on 15 May 2007 by C. Sanders
This is one of the best mp3/mp4 players money can buy. its got a huge screen which makes watching movies much better. Read morePublished on 29 April 2007 by sscoolsingh
I am going to keep this review plain & simple. Having owning an ipod for some time I have found the Zune to be far better, simple as that. No problems what so ever. Read morePublished on 6 April 2007 by Chris B
It's awful - i normally go for microsoft stuff but in the past year i've grown in little confidence with them (microsoft), what with enduring 3 xboxes and now the Zune. Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2007 by Snake