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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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lol, Microsoft
By Ralph The Magician on 9/15/2006 9:57:17 AM , Rating: 2
Who wants to bet that less than a month after they release the Zune someone codes a nasty virus for it and if you "accept" a file from that person, it will turn you Zune into a brick?

It's almost guaranteed.

Then you'll have to update your Zune to SP1, and will only be able to communicate with other Zunes that are upgraded to SP1. On top of that, the new message will read, "Are you SURE you want to connect to The Virus Man? Connecting to unknown Zunes may pose a security risk" and Microsoft will suggest that you only accept file transfers from people you know.

Anyone want to make a bet that I'm wrong? Anyone at all?

RE: lol, Microsoft
By Homerboy on 9/15/2006 10:14:22 AM , Rating: 2
sure I will
1 month?
I'm in.

RE: lol, Microsoft
By Vertigo101 on 9/15/2006 10:15:09 AM , Rating: 2
I will.
You're wrong.

RE: lol, Microsoft
By dysonlu on 9/15/2006 2:18:55 PM , Rating: 2
I'm in too.

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