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Image courtesy Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
Zune caught in the wild

Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows has posted two photo galleries of Microsoft's Zune portable media player (PMP) in action. The images show a user scrolling through a music library, watching video content along with two users sending/receiving music files and pictures. Browsing through the photo galleries also gives us a pretty thorough overview of the menu system included on Zune as well as its FM radio functionality and Zune friends list.

The Zune was announced yesterday and is positioned to take on Apple's 5/5.5G iPods. The device features a large 3" QVGA screen, 30GB hard drive, WiFi connectivity and a USB 2.0 interface. Also announced alongside the actual player was the Zune Marketplace which rivals Apple’s iTunes as a one-stop shop for purchasing, listening to and syncing music.

Microsoft has also teamed up with Altec Lansing, Belkin Corp., Digital Lifestyle Outfitters, Dual Electronics, Griffin Technology, Harman Kardon and JBL, Klipsch Audio Technologies, Logitech and a host of other companies to provide accessories for the Zune. Apple's iPod has enjoyed healthy aftermarket support for accessories and Microsoft is doing everything in its power to ensure that its Zune players enjoy the same luxuries.

Update 9/15/2006: Team Xbox has posted some videos of the Zune along with commentary on the features of the player.

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By Crusader on 9/15/2006 12:23:43 AM , Rating: 1
yeah, too bad theres nothing better than the ipod. as "tacky" as having the best product on the market might be. itunes sucks, but i wouldnt trade my nano for anything else out there currently.

looking forward to seeing MSs version though. will prob be pretty good if their great hardware decisions on the xbox360 are any indication.

RE: .
By Vertigo101 on 9/15/2006 10:13:52 AM , Rating: 2
I've got a 4gb MS Pro DUO in my PSP, and I wouldn't trade it for your Nano either.

It's not the best, it's just the most 'cool', if that's an important function for you.

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By Crusader on 9/15/06, Rating: 0
RE: .
By akugami on 9/15/2006 6:17:43 PM , Rating: 2
If you're going to be arguing about better DAP's than the iPod, the PSP is not the one you should be bringing up. I have a PSP that is collecting dust because it's simply too bulky to carry around as a DAP and there hasn't been much in the way of compelling games. My iRiver IFP-999 and iPod are what I use all the time. I'll take an iPod Nano as a DAP over a PSP any day.

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