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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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By Burning Bridges on 8/25/2006 5:21:27 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder how easy it will be for people to hack into Zunes with Wireless left on, and steal music, adress books and other such stuff.

Doesn't really sound to great to me =/

RE: Wirless
By Tebor0 on 8/25/2006 7:56:14 PM , Rating: 2
Put your tinfoil hat on and hide your cell phone while you're at it.

RE: Wirless
By MobileZone on 8/25/2006 11:46:06 PM , Rating: 3
Do you think it will not happen? It is just another excuse to sell norton security or zone alarm for zune edition.

RE: Wirless
By kkwst2 on 8/26/2006 1:25:01 AM , Rating: 2
I think it will not happen. There are so many easier ways to get music than hacking the firmware of a proprietary system. Will someone do it? Maybe. Will most of the teeny boppers buying and using these things have any clue how to implement it? Unlikely.

You're much more likely to have your Zune physically stolen.

Besides, all indications are that you have to accept any transfer and can limit the DJ functionality to friends.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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