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Microsoft registers

More information is slowly leaking out on Microsoft's upcoming Zune portable media player (PMP). ZuneNation is reporting that the domain name was registered back on May 24, 2006. While this initial finding didn't raise many flags, the domain was registered to a man named Jack Spurr. After doing a bit more digging, they found out that Mr. Spurr has previously registered which is an official Microsoft site that provides gadgets for the Windows Vista Sidebar and Windows SideShow.

So we have an idea of what the final product may look like, we’ve received word on its wireless capabilities, we know that Microsoft is chatting with iPod accessory makers and we now know that Microsoft has some sort of "Live"-esque service waiting in the wings for Zune. The only question is how this service may tie into Microsoft’s Live Anywhere or XBOX Live service.

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By rrsurfer1 on 7/17/2006 1:33:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'm still interested to see what the final version will have to offer in terms of wireless connectivity. I just can't see MS allowing file sharing outright, the legal battles that would ensue forbid this. Maybe a "broadcast" mode where what your playing at the moment could be heard by others who want to tune in, maybe even recorded, although their entering XM territory there...

Even that would be neat, imagine 10 people around you listening to music and a menu that would show each persons "broadcast".

RE: Wireless
By chickenselects on 7/17/2006 2:02:32 PM , Rating: 2
sounds like a great idea but poor battery life if your constantly broadcasting/receiving. Maybe?

RE: Wireless
By Samus on 7/17/2006 3:36:54 PM , Rating: 2
sounds like a great idea but poor battery life if your constantly broadcasting/receiving. Maybe?

they just need to use good batteries... shouldn't be hard to top the iPod battery (which is generally in the 2200mah range depending on model)

i think this thing is going to be a hit with the wireless connectivity. the expansion possibilities are endless, stream from player to player, remote control, wireless sync....AirTunes eat your heart out.

unfortunately I'm sure Microsoft is going to force WMP11 down our throats for the Zune. atleast its better than iTunes, rofl.

RE: Wireless
By rrsurfer1 on 7/17/2006 4:46:06 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. iPod has fallen way behind in terms of batt life. And new low-power wireless chips make it very possible.

RE: Wireless
By Ralph The Magician on 7/17/2006 2:13:14 PM , Rating: 2
The wirless connectivity is pretty obvious, at least to me. It's going to let you stream songs through Urge if you are in an WiFi area. There are several devices that you can use to do this with Rhapsody. The idea being you can add a virtually unlimited amount of music to your player, so long as you are in a WiFi area. You just add it to your Urge playlist, and the Zune will be able to stream it. It's all nice and DRM encrypted, and this idea that the wireless fucntionality is somehow going to allow you to broadcast to other players is pretty stupid. That just isn't going to happen. RIAA would have a fit.

So basically, you can have the entire Urge library (at least the streaming part) on your Zune. Who knows, maybe they'll even be a search feature that lets you add new music on the fly. Doubt it though, unless there's a stylus.

RE: Wireless
By rrsurfer1 on 7/17/2006 2:21:18 PM , Rating: 2
There are already other legal streaming solutions that allow you to broadcast what you are playing over the net (not record, unless you illegally rip the stream). I don't think file streaming from a handheld would be illegal in the slightest. Haha, though I have little doubt the RIAA would still complain.

RE: Wireless
By VooDooAddict on 7/17/2006 3:12:14 PM , Rating: 2
A broadcast mode so everyone could listen to the same thing would be a killer feature. One could also argue that it would be a great way for people to sample new music before buying it. RIAA isn't yet suing record stores that let people listen to select albums in store... right? I don't see a reason to allow for recording the mini-broadcast.

I know how I'd use it. I run with a friend who has differnt music tastes, but we are always open to try new things.

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