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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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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.

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