Microsoft has launched its companion site for the Zune music
player. Zune.net is a gathering place for
users to explore the social aspects of the player, meet new and upcoming
artists, check out official Microsoft accessories and get more detailed
information on the Zune itself.
Speaking of device specifics, Zune.net divulges quite a bit of information about the player
itself. We already know that it has a 30GB hard drive, 3" QVGA screen, FM
radio and WiFi. From perusing the site, we learned that the device measures
4.4" x 2.4" x 0.6" and weighs 5.6 ounces. Battery life is rated
at 14 hours (WiFi off) and 13 hours (WiFi on) when playing music. Battery life
when watching videos is listed at "up to 4 hours." Charging time is
listed at 3 hours from empty and 2 hours to 90% charge.
Also worthy of note is that Microsoft is giving Zune owners
a free 14 day trial of
its Zune Pass subscription service. Users can download as much music as
they desire within the trial period and listen to the tracks as much as they
like, but the songs will go dead after 14 days. You'll then either have to
purchase the tracks or you can delete them off your player.
Finally, now that Microsoft is launching Zune Marketplace to
accompany the Zune player, it is discontinuing its MSN Music store. After
November 14, the MSN Music store will no longer offer music downloads. For
those affected by this change in policy, you can view Microsoft’s Q&A here.