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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 Appleā€™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 protosv on 9/15/2006 9:38:59 AM , Rating: 1
There's also this little thingy called iTunes, which requires an iPod. If you want to buy your music legally online, it's basically the only game in town. The archos and toshiba can be as beautiful and easy to use as they want, but they won't work with iTunes...

RE: um ok
By Vertigo101 on 9/15/2006 10:11:50 AM , Rating: 2
If you want to be stuck with iTunes and the iPod, you're right: it is the only game in town, and that's exactly the way Apple wants it.

I guess ripping your own CD's isn't an option any more, eh?

Personally, I'd never buy DRM'ed music.

RE: um ok
By melgross on 9/15/2006 7:13:01 PM , Rating: 2
They won't work with Zune either. Did you forget that?

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