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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 AlexWade on 9/15/2006 3:04:24 PM , Rating: -1
LOL at you Gore98. You are stuck with Microsoft's inferior WMA, stricter DRM, and sometimes higher prices. Meanwhile I, iPod owner, have guaranteed $0.99 downloads, superior quality AAC (although it is still inferior to CD), and DRM that is far better. So, LOL. I'm not the one who is screwed, you are with your Archos. Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to hook my iPod up to car stereo and take a little drive. With my Pioneer iPod adapter, I can lock my iPod in my glove box and still have full control over my iPod.


RE: um ok
By akugami on 9/15/2006 5:17:18 PM , Rating: 2
For some reason, people are laying the blame for DRM on iTunes at Apple's feet. It's not Apple's fault, it's not MS's fault, it's not Creative or whatever's fault. It's the fault of the RIAA and MPAA. And as far as DRM goes, Apple's is one of the least restrictive as far as music goes.

And one of the reasons why it will be so so hard to beat Apple in the DAP market is the pervasiveness of peripherals for the iPods. Look around at the iPod market. It's huge.


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