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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: yippie
By QueBert on 7/17/2006 8:05:23 PM , Rating: 2
Well, when I ripped 95% of my CD's, there were zero portable players on the market. I didn't think about things like mp3 car head units or iPods at the time. I liked that OGG was open-source so I ran with it. Unfourtinatly that means I've ripped 400 cd's that are totally unplayable on all but I believe a few iRiver portables, oh well :) If I had a time machine I'd go back in time and re-rip as 256/VBR/MP3.

RE: yippie
By TomZ on 7/17/2006 8:58:06 PM , Rating: 2
Even MP3 is no guarantee you'll be able to always use the files. The best you can do flexibility-wise is to rip all your CDs to WAV, and then archive those files. When you want a particular format, e.g., MP3 or OGG, then just run a program that converts your entire library (or a subset of it) to the desired format. I've got a few hundred CDs that I did this with, and I'm pretty happy with the results.

In any case, all is not lost - iRiver's Clix - a pretty well-rated player, still supports OGG:

I'd bet money on them releasing an upgraded model with 4-8GB of flash before the holiday season.

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