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Toshiba continues its partnership with Microsoft

The guys over at Engadget have taken note that Microsoft's Zune player has made its way to the FCC website (always a good place to stalk upcoming products). The interesting thing of note, however, is that Toshiba will be producing Zune. If you may recall, Toshiba will also be producing Microsoft's HD DVD add-on for the XBOX 360. According to the FCC filing, the devices features audio and video playback capabilities, 802.11b/g wireless connectivity, FM tuner, 3" LCD screen, 1.8" 30GB hard drive and a USB 2.0 interface.

On the site are a number of photos of the Zune including images of it taken apart, pictures of its circuit boards, hard drive, and wireless chip as well as images of the testing environment set up for the Zune player by the FCC. Also posted on the website is a rough version of the user manual. From its we get a peak at the Zune's wireless functionality (code named "Pyxis"). Here's a snippet on wireless media sharing between Zune players:

Once your wireless setting is set to on, you will be able to send and receive photos and promotional copies of songs, albums, and playlists from other Pyxis users. In order to send someone a song or photo, navigate to the piece of content that you would like to send. Click the center button and select the “send” option. You will then be presented with a “nearby” list containing any Pyxis devices that have their wireless setting on and are in range. Select one (and only one) device from the list and a notification wifi appear on that device allowing that user to accept o reject your send. If he/she accepts, Pyxis will begin transferring the selected content to that device. If not, you will be notified that the recipient has rejected the send.

The manual also goes into detail on how Zune user can set their player to be a "DJ" to stream content to up to four other users, how users go about looking for other nearby Zune players and how you can add "friends" to your device.

Just last week we brought you info on the Zune's interface as well as its control scheme. More details on the device, which will launch in white, black and brown, are expected to be revealed by Microsoft in the coming weeks with an official launch coming on November 14.

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RE: design
By ojingoh on 8/25/2006 2:44:02 PM , Rating: 2
uh what do the 2 buttons do again?

RE: design
By Scabies on 8/25/2006 2:58:13 PM , Rating: 2
One is back, the other is play(power)
hold both down to reset (which is frightening... making reset functionality a design feature is a bad sign)

RE: design
By MobileZone on 8/25/2006 11:36:21 PM , Rating: 2

RE: design
By Bonrock on 8/26/2006 4:05:44 PM , Rating: 3
Okay, calm down people. The Zune will probably freeze once in a while, like ALL electronic devices. As someone who owns an iPod, I can attest to the fact that the iPod also occasionally locks up and needs to be reset.

No, it doesn't happen very often, and I'm pretty sure it won't happen that often on the Zune either.

RE: design
By epsilonparadox on 8/25/2006 2:58:53 PM , Rating: 2
I believe one was a dedicated play/pause button and one was a start button similar to PC keyboards that open the start menu.

RE: design
By MobileZone on 8/25/2006 11:39:31 PM , Rating: 2
okay, okay, next step would be adding an integrated keyboard on the front. These guys just dont understand that simplicity and good design is the only way to start matching the pods. I think that Zune should not have any button at all, not either the central one. It should be operated with mind transmission technology.

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