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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.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Okay, so while most of you have heard about the Zune and know that it's Microsoft's stab at an iPod-killer, there are a lot of things that until recently I didn't know about the device myself.

Here's all the specs that we know of so far...

WMA, MP3, AAC, JPEG,WMV, MPEG-4, H.264 media playback
Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) connectivity
30 GB Hard Drive
3 inch video LCD 320x240
White, Black, and Brown Colors
FM Radio
TV output connectivity 640x480
Dedicated song download site (Zune Marketplace)
DJ Mode (broadcast what you are listening to)
Podcast playback
Updateable Firmware
12 hr battery life for audio, 3.5 hr video
3 day playback of Wi-Fi transfered songs from friends
XBOX streaming
XBOX (Microsoft) points compatability
Preloaded music videos
Over a dozen accessories at launch
5.6 ounces in weight, 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.58 inches size
Metric: 158 g, 112 x 61 x 14.7 mm size
Custom background images
WiFi transfer of photographs
Tag based storage system (Will not appear as drive)
PC Compatability (no Mac client at launch)
Zune tag enabled
Horizontal and vertical video orientation



If your wondering a little more about how this whole thing got started, here's a Little History...

The Zune initially started out as a strategy project over at microsoft, under several code names. They pulled in 12 topic experts in the beginning from around the company to map out their product strategy.














(above are pictures from Zune HQ very early on...as in 24 hours into the project. We "barrowed" the pics from David Caulton's great blog www.zunester.com. David was one of the original 12 topic experts on the project)

Microsoft's J Allard was brought in to lead the project. He is legendary around Microsoft for his ability to get things done. With J came Microsoft's "connected entertainment" vision. As J and his crew did with the Xbox and Xbox 360, they set about creating a social aspect to the Zune and brought over the concept of Gamertags from Xbox Live to the Zune, changing the name slightly to Zunetags.

The goal of all this is to allow the users of the Zune a new experiance with music, giving them new ways to discover and share music. This also allows microsoft to differentiate between the Zune and the iPod. We can thus expect some cool integration with Xbox 360, and hopefully Microsoft's Live Anywhere initiative.


That basicly raps up our history lesson for today...now we move onto the more recent news as it breaks.

-Charlie







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