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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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Usefull features
By Arribajuan on 9/15/2006 10:14:51 AM , Rating: 3
As for me, a killer feature would be to include an integrated fm transmiter...

This way you can use the thing in you car or in whatever stereo system in your household out of the box.

It is crazy to spend 400 in an ipod (or equivalent) and then spend 100 on a transmitter for you car, and then another 50 for a dock for you house, 200 on a speaker system, etc.

They could also include a small cell phone like speaker. It would not bring excelent sound quality but you can show you videos to someone with sound out of the box too.

I do not know it the wifi thing will take off but I think there are other ways to "innovate" in the narket. Ways thatr are already there and I do not think it would be extremely expensive.

Just make the thing more practicar and versatile.

Give me a zune with the transmitter and a cell phone speaker and I am sole. The wifi feature does not mean anything to me at this point.

Additional to this, why does Microsoft include the 30 GB disk if toshiba is not producing 40 and 80 GB versions?? It is the same manufacturer!

RE: Usefull features
By Vertigo101 on 9/15/2006 10:16:38 AM , Rating: 2
But that's just the way they want it. The accessories market loves the iPod, especially when you buy that Bose speaker dock to go with your iPod.

You know, the best speakers for the best MP3 player....

RE: Usefull features
By Arribajuan on 9/15/2006 10:20:51 AM , Rating: 2
Yeap, I figure the industry is happy selling $300 speakers for maximum quality for mp3.

As a consumer, I am not :(

So until that happens I can afford not to have an mp3 player. :)

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