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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 Burning Bridges on 9/15/2006 9:41:02 AM , Rating: 2
That's interesting, a lot of people I know that own an iPod have them because they have used other people's and seen how easy it is to use, and how much the other people enjoy theirs.

I wouldn't say the Apple name has much to do with it in these parts.

RE: um ok
By Vertigo101 on 9/15/2006 10:05:46 AM , Rating: 2
4 out of 5 iPod owners I know bought them because they were 'stylish'. Those same 4 owners have had issue after issue with them too.

My cousin-in-law bought a Powerbook because it was stylish....if that's not the worst reason to buy a computer, I don't know what is.

Anyone who buys an iPod for the iTunes Store deserves to be an iPod owner.

I'd consider buying an iPod if they had some kind of major price drop, but I'd never use iTunes with it.

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