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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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RE: um ok
By abhaxus on 9/15/2006 4:17:23 AM , Rating: 4
perhaps ipod owners buy them because they have more accessories available.

I used to be like you, stupidly mocking ipod buyers. But we're barely into the second wave of ipod accessories. There are simply more accessories for the ipod than anything else on the market. I bought one because my onkyo receiver has a docking station for it.

RE: um ok
By JDub02 on 9/15/2006 10:47:11 AM , Rating: 3
I bought my iPod strictly for the accessories. I was able to get an adapter that plugged into the back of my stock car stereo that would make it think the iPod is a CD changer and keep it charged. There's nothing like that for any other portable mp3 player on the market.

iTunes isn't my favorite application, but I think it's just as good as WMP with regards to organizing music. iPod/iTunes is by far the industry leader, so it must have something going for it other than hype.

Now if I can just get the darn scratches off of my iPod ...

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