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Just what exactly are these ladies doing?
Microsoft's Zune reaches some eager fans ahead of schedule

It looks as though some stores have jumped the gun ahead of the Zune's official November 14 launch date. The $249 player has shown up in a few stores across the nation including a Best Buy at the Union City Landing shopping center.

Microsoft is really talking up the social aspects of the Zune player with "Welcome to the social" plastered in big letters on the box. Also interesting is the "Hello from Seattle" greeting imprinted on the back of the Zune player.

Items included in the retail box are the player itself, a soft case, USB sync/charge cable, ear buds, installation CD, instruction manual and the 14-day free trial to Zune Marketplace that DailyTech has already discussed.

Also worthy of mention is that the Zune software struck its first blow on the populace with an installation error (see photo on right). Some have indicated that the error was likely caused by the install program trying to connect to Zune Marketplace which hasn't officially opened its doors. On the other hand, other early adopters have been able to install the software without issue.

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By Burning Bridges on 11/12/2006 4:27:09 PM , Rating: 5
I'm loving that second picture.

You can really tell that MS is going for the young male market rofl!

RE: Hahaha
By feelingshorter on 11/12/2006 5:42:24 PM , Rating: 1
No kidding. But why did they put "Hello from Seattle." I think that alienates some buyers that don't live there. Why put write something generic on the back of it? Like...Hello World. As though everyone who lives outside of Seattle thinks its a great city....

RE: Hahaha
By SexyK on 11/12/2006 7:23:16 PM , Rating: 1
No kidding. But why did they put "Hello from Seattle." I think that alienates some buyers that don't live there. Why put write something generic on the back of it? Like...Hello World. As though everyone who lives outside of Seattle thinks its a great city....

It says hello from Seattle because that's where Zune is "from." It exactly the same thing as the iPod boxes that say designed in California.

RE: Hahaha
By feelingshorter on 11/12/2006 9:31:46 PM , Rating: 3
Yea but this is on the player, and not on the box. This isn't like the "made in China" thats stamped everywhere. Oh well, I'm just over analyzing. This isn't like yelling out the wrong city at a rock concert or anything.

RE: Hahaha
By Brandon Hill on 11/12/2006 9:41:48 PM , Rating: 1
Well, the Zune has Hello and Made in China both on the same line :)

RE: Hahaha
By Orpheus333 on 11/12/2006 7:14:20 PM , Rating: 1
I'd hit that.

...all of the sudden, I'm strangely attracted to the zune. If the girls come with the player I'll buy two.

RE: Hahaha
By Samus on 11/12/2006 7:17:18 PM , Rating: 2
i spent 10 minutes trying to figure out what the hell is going on in that photo...still clueless.

RE: Hahaha
By slunkius on 11/13/2006 2:26:55 AM , Rating: 1
oh come on, maybe you can't tell exactly what is going on there, but clueless...i for one thought of several interesting possibilities, which i will not discuss here though ;-)

RE: Hahaha
By MrDiSante on 11/12/2006 8:09:25 PM , Rating: 2
If I were given 250$ (plus tax) to blow on any MMP and it couldn't be by Creative, I'd get one.

RE: Hahaha
By AkumaX on 11/12/2006 11:28:17 PM , Rating: 2
Can't... stop... looking... at 2nd picture... thinking... of what girl is thinking.... :D

By Josh7289 on 11/12/2006 4:14:13 PM , Rating: 2
So we've already hit the first roadblock? I wonder what could be causing this error. If it's a widespread thing, MS could be screwed for a while.

And about that picture...WTF?

RE: Already?
By Bonrock on 11/12/2006 5:07:10 PM , Rating: 2
I think Microsoft is screwed anyway. The Zune reviews I've been reading in the mainstream media have all been unfavorable. They bring up the same issues--some of them legitimate, others kind of stupid. The average Joe is probably going to base his purchasing decision on what Walt Mossberg or David Pogue think (regardless of whether Mossberg's and Pogue's reviews are truly accurate or unbiased).

Personally, I'm going to go down to the store on Tuesday and try out a Zune in person, then decide for myself whether I like it enough to buy one. Unfortunately for Microsoft, I don't most people will bother with that.

RE: Already?
By kibets on 11/12/2006 5:52:21 PM , Rating: 2
I bought 3 Zune's today, 1 of each color!!!

RE: Already?
By rockyct on 11/12/2006 7:08:57 PM , Rating: 2
. The average Joe is probably going to base his purchasing decision on what Walt Mossberg or David Pogue think

I think you give the average Joe too much credit. Most people are going to base their purchase a DAP off whether 1) it looks cool, and 2) whether his friends thinks it's cool.

RE: Already?
By QueBert on 11/12/2006 7:34:33 PM , Rating: 2
I agree 100%, that is why Microsoft is going to have an almost impossible time trying to take market shares from Apple. Like the Ipod or not, it's running the MP3 market. Not to say MS won't sell, this will probably do fairly well.

The streaming wi-fi music thing was of interest to me until I read up on how restrictive it actually is. I'll be staying away from the Zune for sure.

Nice Picture
By Novaoblivion on 11/12/2006 7:23:27 PM , Rating: 2
That girl in the second picture is pretty hot :D. Still not enough to make me want one though.

RE: Nice Picture
By lennylim on 11/12/2006 11:38:59 PM , Rating: 2
Actually I find the picture kinda disturbing. I guess she's singing, since this is about a music player. But she looks like she's in pain. And the position of the other two ladies in the picture is a little... suggestive?

Anyway, it is not meant to influence your purchase decision. If it is, it would be plastered on the outside of the box, not within an installation program that you won't see until you bought it. Not unless the entire Microsoft Zune marketing team has the IQ of a baked potato.

I'm interested in what caused the error though.

RE: Nice Picture
By TomZ on 11/13/2006 11:39:22 AM , Rating: 2
But she looks like she's in pain.

Pain or pleasure? :o)

Anyway, I agree with your sentiment, that the picture is a little disturbing for a broad-market product like this. It has very obvious sexual undertones that really isn't appropriate for everyone who might purchase Zune. I predict Microsoft will get negative feedback about this and will probably remove that photo in future releases.

By crystal clear on 11/13/2006 1:38:55 AM , Rating: 2
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By crystal clear on 11/13/2006 2:03:16 AM , Rating: 2
This is the best time to push them in.
Last year, the trade in counterfeit goods cost the UK economy around £10bn and 4,000 jobs.


Why is MS using a RAR file and not zip.
By PAPutzback on 11/13/2006 9:59:57 AM , Rating: 2
When their OS(XP) has zip as its compression/decompression tool built in.

By Spivonious on 11/13/2006 11:18:41 AM , Rating: 2
Because RAR compresses better in most cases?

Were he failed we succeded!
By ZuneDashOnline on 11/13/2006 5:41:50 AM , Rating: 3
You can check sreenshots from the Zune Marketplace here:

Zune MarketPlace Walkthrough Video (high quality):

But you can also download the Zune software and see for yourself:

If you have any issues with this you are welcome to ask us in our forum:

-- Share your Zune Experience!

Spelling error to correct...
By killerroach on 11/13/2006 12:20:09 AM , Rating: 2
In Paragraph 4, it's "populace", not "populous". One of those cases where even spell-check will let you down, sadly.

By room200 on 11/13/2006 4:51:16 PM , Rating: 2
The focus goes from the player to a picture of some ugly chick in a pic? Some of you need to get girlfriends.

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