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Just what exactly are these ladies doing?
Microsoft's Zune reaches some eager fans ahead of schedule

It looks as though some stores have jumped the gun ahead of the Zune's official November 14 launch date. The $249 player has shown up in a few stores across the nation including a Best Buy at the Union City Landing shopping center.

Microsoft is really talking up the social aspects of the Zune player with "Welcome to the social" plastered in big letters on the box. Also interesting is the "Hello from Seattle" greeting imprinted on the back of the Zune player.

Items included in the retail box are the player itself, a soft case, USB sync/charge cable, ear buds, installation CD, instruction manual and the 14-day free trial to Zune Marketplace that DailyTech has already discussed.

Also worthy of mention is that the Zune software struck its first blow on the populace with an installation error (see photo on right). Some have indicated that the error was likely caused by the install program trying to connect to Zune Marketplace which hasn't officially opened its doors. On the other hand, other early adopters have been able to install the software without issue.

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Nice Picture
By Novaoblivion on 11/12/2006 7:23:27 PM , Rating: 2
That girl in the second picture is pretty hot :D. Still not enough to make me want one though.

RE: Nice Picture
By lennylim on 11/12/2006 11:38:59 PM , Rating: 2
Actually I find the picture kinda disturbing. I guess she's singing, since this is about a music player. But she looks like she's in pain. And the position of the other two ladies in the picture is a little... suggestive?

Anyway, it is not meant to influence your purchase decision. If it is, it would be plastered on the outside of the box, not within an installation program that you won't see until you bought it. Not unless the entire Microsoft Zune marketing team has the IQ of a baked potato.

I'm interested in what caused the error though.

RE: Nice Picture
By TomZ on 11/13/2006 11:39:22 AM , Rating: 2
But she looks like she's in pain.

Pain or pleasure? :o)

Anyway, I agree with your sentiment, that the picture is a little disturbing for a broad-market product like this. It has very obvious sexual undertones that really isn't appropriate for everyone who might purchase Zune. I predict Microsoft will get negative feedback about this and will probably remove that photo in future releases.

“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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