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Zunelicious

Zunelicious is a blog that covers Microsoft's new Zune MP3 player, and all the news that goes along with it.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

I managed to find a few Zune videos that were floating around the internet.

The first video is a short interview with everybody's favorite Steve Ballmer, where he talks a little Zune. The second video is a very in-depth look at the Zune (40:00 minutes, bring popcorn), and is a great watch if you have enough time and can stomach a lot of marketing speech.

You can read the full article, and watch the videos here!

As always, make sure to make the jump over to www.Zunecorps.com, the new home of Zunelicious!

Thanks,

-Charlie
posted by zunelicious, 4:33 AM | link | 6 comments |

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Zune Swag Contest!!!

Hey Everyone, I’m really happy to annouce that we will be having a contest to give away some Zune swag to our readers!!! All you have to do to enter the conest is head over to the forums, and post your favorite song in the contest thread, as simple as that!

The contest will end November 10, so you’ll be able to show off your Zune swag when you go to pick up your Zune!

Good luck!

-Charlie

posted by zunelicious, 4:39 AM | link | 3 comments |


Today we received semi-official battery life numbers from Cesar Menendez over at the Zune team.

“Zune has a battery life of up to 13 hours, when listening to music. Oh. . . and that’s with the wireless turned on. When you turn the wireless off, Zune has up to 14 hours of battery life when listening to music, and up to approximately 4 hours for video or pictures.”

Battery life has long been a major concern of mine when considering the purchase of a Zune. While these numbers are much higher than the incredibly low estimates that were previously floating around the Internet, they do not come anywhere close to the battery life afforded by the 5.5 Generation 80 gig iPod. The latest 30 gig and 80 gig ipods clock in at 14 hours of audio and 20 hours of audio, respectively.

(read the full article at www.zunecorps.com)

posted by zunelicious, 4:37 AM | link | 2 comments |


Well…I’ve been saying this for a while now, but I think we have to look at this scenario again, as Gizmodo has just gotten even more tips about the new iPod’s December launch. What if Apple was to release a new iPod before Christmas? There have been rumors floating around for a very long time that Apple has a touch-screen video iPod in the works…what impact would this have on the Zune launch if these rumors were true?


(read the whole article at www.zunecorps.com)
posted by zunelicious, 4:34 AM | link | 1 comments |

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

HEY EVERYONE, WE HAVE A NEW SITE!!!

Hey, Charlie here...

And I'm proud to announce the offical unveiling of our new site, ZuneCorps!!! You are going to want to check it out, as it has a ton of new features, and some bitchin forums!

Suprised? Scared? Don't care? Well...let's talk about why we're moving...

I always had the intention of switching the blog over to paid hosting if things went well...and they have, so I though "it was time". But I wanted to make sure that I had a name for the site that was original and inspired a sense of community...thus "the corps." was born.

I've added some REALLY COOL forum software to the website, so I hope that everyone registers (it's super easy!).

If this wasn't incentive enough for you to check out the site, we have an interview with Cesar Mendez from Zuneinsider up!

Unfortunately I don't plan to regularly update this blog now, instead...it's all Zunecorps, so hopefully everyone will make the jump with me and Join The Corps.

See everyone overthere!

-Charlie
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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Hey everyone,

Sorry for the lack of postings this weekend, but Woody and myself have been working on a few surprises/additions for the site that will be launching Saturday morning (if all goes according to plan). So stay tuned, and check back Saturday for a few goodies!

-Charlie
posted by zunelicious, 4:42 AM | link | 2 comments |

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Steve Jobs recently sat down for a Q and A session with Newsweek to talk about how far the iPod has come, and about how he feels about the Microsoft Zune.



Microsoft has announced its new iPod competitor, Zune. It says that this device is all about building communities. Are you worried?


In a word, no. I've seen the demonstrations on the Internet about how you can find another person using a Zune and give them a song they can play three times. It takes forever. By the time you've gone through all that, the girl's got up and left! You're much better off to take one of your earbuds out and put it in her ear. Then you're connected with about two feet of headphone cable.
-Steve Jobs

Just goes to show that not only is Steve a Master Pimp when it comes to seducing women with his tunes, he also has no idea about what Microsoft is trying to do in creating a social aspect with their player. He only sees it as the ability to swap tunes, and he's right, you can just share headphones if that is your sole motivation...but this is not the case with the Zune.

Then again, he may just be dismissing the features his product dosn't have until they're incorporated into the iPod. He's the master when it comes to reality-distortion.

-Charlie
posted by zunelicious, 2:29 PM | link | 0 comments |

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Zune Player's Comprehensive Video Roundup

Zune Player has beaten me to the punch and posted an excellent collection of zune videos.
Click the link for 7 videos showcasing Zune's GUI, available colors, sharing features, and "unique" look.

-Woody
posted by Woody56292, 7:25 PM | link | 0 comments |


The Zune will NOT loose money as many have speculated it would.

In a recent Q and A session with Newsweek, Ballmer has come out saying that it won't loose money...but it won't make much money either.



"Apple (AAPL) put the hammer down there, dropped the price down to $249. If they had been $299, it would have been nicer. They have the advantage of scale. So we're at $249, too. We don't make a lot of money, not to start out."

He then went on to talk about the Zune, and how it was monotizing software through hardware sales by saying,

"Because the value of Zune, if we're successful, is all in the software. It's in community [the ability to share music and pictures with other Zune users]. I want to squirt you a picture of my kids. You want to squirt me back a video of your vacation. That's a software experience. The truth is, though, if it makes money, it will be built into the gross margin on the hardware. We'll figure out how to make money on the community perhaps later though advertising or other means."


I didn't know "squirting" was what Zune to Zune sharing was being called...;)

-Charlie
posted by zunelicious, 6:46 PM | link | 3 comments |

Friday, October 13, 2006

Tired of those glossy, high-quality product shots? Want to see what the Zune is really like? Well don't worry, you don't have to live in Seattle to see the Zune in action. Check out these shots of Zunes out in the wild, being used by real people, and admire those beautiful colors. ( seriously, the colors look amazing, and even brown is starting to grow on me, after seeing these shots )

Even children enjoy the Zune's stylish look.


here we have a nice picture of the black Zune's box and instruction manual ( as if we would need one of those :-) )

Here we have the Black Zune with its blue double-shot finish ( and custom background )


And here is the most debated Zune, the brown with green trim.( showing off some impressive album art )


Another of the Brown Zune, this time in better lighting and with a much cooler background image.

Zune playing video.

Here some marketing guy is freeing the Zune from its wrapper.

Two Zunes playing nice and sharing some songs.

nice shot of the zune standing up. ( bet you an ipod can't do that ;-) )


the money shot... ( don't you think they should send me and charlie two
of those? )

and ofcourse everyone's favorite background, courtesy of Bungie.net.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures, stay tuned next week as we round up all the different Zune videos floating around.

-Woody






posted by zunelicious, 10:59 PM | link | 4 comments |

Everyone,

I'd like to announce that Woody (you might know him from Cesar's blog, or from the Zune community), will be joining Zunelicious as a collaberator!!! I think this is going to make for some very interesting articles, and be a lot of fun, so stay tuned and good luck Woody,

-Charlie
posted by zunelicious, 10:57 PM | link | 0 comments |

On10.net has just posted a really great video covering even more of the Zune's UI and features. This video is A LOT more indepth then the last few, and the quality is great. Definately Check this one out, as I learned a lot from the video.


Things I learned from the video:

- Headphones act as the antenna for the FM reciver built into the Zune

- The indent on the back of the Zune acts as a finger rest when the Zune is in the horizontal mode

- Range of the wi-fi has been tested succesfully at 20-40 meters

- Songs transfer in 5-10 seconds (kinda knew this...)

-Charlie
posted by zunelicious, 8:16 PM | link | 1 comments |

Zune Wish list

Hey everyone...I set about making a wish list of features that I would love to see integrated into the Zune either via firmware updates or in future versions of the Zune. Tell me what you think of these ideas, their feasibility, and ideas you have been playing around with yourselves.

- Sending Video Via Wi-Fi

This may not sound like a compelling feature, but think about integration with Soapbox and how cool this feature might be capable of becoming. I am an ametuer filmmaker, and love to make movies with my buddies. The capability of sending my content (short movies under 10 minutes compressed at under 100mb for Soapbox)would not only be feasible, but would also encourage the growth of Soapbox and how videos are traded and interacted with.

The only downside I see to this feature would be the amount of time that it takes to send a video. But knowing that the average song takes about 5 seconds on the Zune, then a 100mb movie which is about 30x that size would only take about 2 minutes. Totally do-able. I hope Microsoft can make this happen!

- Live Anywhere Integration

This is going to happen, mark my words. Microsoft likes to build platforms, they built Live Anywhere to tie together all of their online gaming and game profiles across all of your devices (PC, Xbox 360, Smartphones)...so why wouldn't this make it's way to the Zune? It is understandable that Microsoft wants to get music right, but come on...this would be an AMAZING feature! Allowing you to have your Gamercard with you at all times, enabling you to review stats, download games, keep track of friends online, so basically total integration with your gaming. This one is bound to happen, and when it does...Shazam!

- Recording Radio Broadcasts

In all likely hood this probably won't happen, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to record the songs you listen to on the radio? This might not be feasible, but man would it be cool.

- Wi-Max capabilities

Okay...I might be dreaming with this one, but imagine in the future when Wi-Max is adopted, what the Zune will be capable of. You would be in constant integration with all of your digital life and enabling many cool features such as web surfing, streaming of content anywhere, constant updates and feeds, access to e-mail...basically anything you can imagine.


- Streaming Content from your PC

With Media Center you could be able to stream your content to your Zune when you have access to a wireless network, similar to the Slingbox's features. I really want this feature, and think it is completely feasible. Hopefully Microsoft is listening!

Don't forget everyone, I want to hear from you!!!

-Charlie

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