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J. Allard gives us some insight on the concept behind Zune

With all the news swirling around the official announcement of Microsoft's answer to Apple's iPod, it's good to get some commentary straight from the source. The fellas over at Engadget had 20 minutes to sit down and chat with Microsoft Corporate VP J. Allard to discuss all things Zune.

Some of the matters discussed include what Microsoft envisions for the Zune platform and its place in Microsoft's digital media product strategy. They also discuss PlaysForSure and Zune compatibility with existing music services. Here's J. Allard on the Zune's wireless functionality:

That's the beauty of having 802.11 in every device: we can do that. We can do more device-to-device, or we can do more PC-to-PC, so the combination of the device, the PC software that we're doing, and the online service is going to allow us to really shape how the community and the social aspect of Zune marries with the music experience. It also helps in terms of moving the music industry's way of thinking about integrating social networking and peer to peer in a really healthy way that works for them.

It should be interesting to see how the Zune user experience grows over the life cycle of the product. The large, widescreen display, wireless connectivity and social networking aspects of the device are promising and should be enough to give Apple something to think about when it fully redesigns its flagship iPod models.

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RE: Arrrrgh matey!
By PrinceGaz on 9/14/2006 7:39:18 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry, but when you start a thread with a title like "Arrrrgh matey!", the forum rules require that you at least include something about condoning piracy of copyrighted content. Mentioning how the wi-fi connection might be hacked through modified firmware to allow free distribution of unprotected files (and unprotected files are everywhere now thanks to WM DRM and FairPlay being broken) would have been ideal.

Okay, no of course the forum rules don't require anything like that. But a portable music player with wi-fi capability? Once the market-penetration recahes the critical-mass, the Zune could really take off.

Personally I don't like either any iPod or the Zune as they are lacking in functionality and over-priced compared to the best offerings from lesser known brands. That's marketing for you (I'm assuming the Zune will be at least quite successful).

RE: Arrrrgh matey!
By PrinceGaz on 9/14/2006 7:42:41 PM , Rating: 1
And to the forum administrators, can we please have an edit function so that mis-typing or other inadvertant errors may be corrected. To prevent abuse you could maybe limit the edit time-window to about 10-15 minutes, that way people can correct unintentional mistakes but not change their post after other people have replied so as to totally change its meaning.

RE: Arrrrgh matey!
By Vertigo101 on 9/14/2006 10:31:43 PM , Rating: 3
This isn't a forum, it's a comments section.

RE: Arrrrgh matey!
By slashbinslashbash on 9/14/2006 11:03:10 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the reference of course was to J Allard, who (according to reliable sources) looks exactly like a pirate.

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