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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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Why I got an iPod...
By freemaker9 on 9/15/2006 12:04:16 PM , Rating: 2
Frankly the reason I remember getting an iPod was because of iTunes and the fact that it didn't have everything plus the kitchen sink built in; I wasn't looking for FM radio or support for WMA, OGM, etc. when all I wanted was an MP3 player. IMO, iTunes is the best way to buy legal content and has the most acceptable DRM restrictions. To day, I've purchased about 40+ songs and a couple of TV shows.

As for the Apple name, iPod/iTunes pretty much created and built the Apple name for most people who weren't overly familiar with their computer offerings.

The styling/design is obviously a consideration, but the ease of use and the iTunes integration are the iPods key selling points.

RE: Why I got an iPod...
By jmunjr on 9/15/2006 3:46:33 PM , Rating: 2
"IMO, iTunes is the best way to buy legal content and has the most acceptable DRM restrictions."

That's a bad opinion..imo. The best way is to buy the CD, rip it, and encode in the format of your choice. Ogg imo is the best format. Do iPods play back Ogg? My mp3 player from 1999 will and does so extremely well.

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