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Zune -Microsoft's iPod coming soon.
« on: September 15, 2006, 05:00:34 PM »
Microsoft announced Thursday that its new portable media player, Zune,
is expected to be released for the 2006 holiday season. The device,
which rivals the market-dominant Apple iPod, is aiming to gain popularity
by including features that the iPod lacks.
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Re: Zune -Microsoft's iPod coming soon.
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2006, 05:24:34 PM »
There are more mp3 players than you can shake a stick at and along come MS a day late and a dollar short so to speak, hoping to get a piece of the action.
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Re: Zune -Microsoft's iPod coming soon.
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2006, 05:56:52 PM »
There are more mp3 players than you can shake a stick at and along come MS a day late and a dollar short so to speak, hoping to get a piece of the action.

The same people that make JetAudio actually make a few very nice ones:
http://www.cowonamerica.com/
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Re: Zune -Microsoft's iPod coming soon.
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2006, 06:32:05 PM »
They look good if they are as flexible as the Jet Audio program they will be a match or better than many players.
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Re: Zune -Microsoft's iPod coming soon.
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2006, 06:36:57 PM »
Actually I like the feature Set of Zune, especially the larger screen than the iPod.

So here is My Pro/Con List

Pros:
1) nice big Screen
2) Wireless built in

Cons
1) price is unknown
2) battery life unknown

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Re: Zune -Microsoft's iPod coming soon.
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2006, 01:23:07 AM »
Kyle, those two are not Cons... those are still just two unknown points. When they tell us more about them, then we can decide if they sound Pro or Con.

For example... if they say price is higher than iPod, then we can say it's a con.  ;D

Also, if battery life sucks, then we can say it's a con too.  ;D

More about Zune here:
http://www.zunescene.com

and here:
http://www.zunechargers.com (also something about the battery life... 12 hours between charges)

Edit: Hahahahahaha  ;D  ;D  ;D I just peed my pants, lol !!! This is incredible... another Apple anti-Microsoft conspiracy story:

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Apple: There is no Zune.

An Apple spokesman has come forth with information on the existence of ZMD or Zune of Microsoft Design. He states "there never was, never will be ZMD". Highly paid intelligence agents have drawn cartoon pictures of modified busses hauling tons of ZMD across Seattle. He comments "the market share is under our conrtrol, dont believe anything on CNN."

Why would he say that ? What's next ? Aliens inside the Xbox 360 ?  ;D  ;D  ;D
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Re: Zune -Microsoft's iPod coming soon.
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2006, 01:37:29 AM »
hey all..just saw this site and thought it would help a-bit ???

http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/09/14/zune-is-here/

    *  4.4 x 2.4 x 0.58-inch footprint (vs 30GB iPod's 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.43-inches, and 80GB iPod's 0.55-inch thickness -- trust us, on a device like this a tenth of an inch is a huge difference)
    * 5.6 ounces (vs iPod's 4.8 and 5.5 ounces for the 30 and 80GB models)
    * WiFi is 802.11b/g, photo is JPEG only (right now)
    * Zunes and their users will have names -- Zunetags -- building off the phenomenal success of Xbox Live model.
    * Faster charge time than an iPod, but still no quoted battery life. It will not be user replaceable.
    * Nope, no price or release on the device or anything Marketplace related -- which they told us yesterday they wouldn't be releasing (yet).
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Re: Zune -Microsoft's iPod coming soon.
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2006, 03:18:01 AM »
This is a quote from the link I posted in my previous reply ( http://www.zunechargers.com )

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Zune Battery Specs
The Zune will come with a replaceable Li-Ion battery that is said to run 12 hours between charges. It should be a fast charge battery but we're unsure exactly what Microsoft Zune battery life will be at this time. The Zune may have shorter run times in broadcast or DJ mode. The WiFi connection is able to be shut off to conserve battery drain. Tests are being run to see how long it can DJ on one charge and we'll get back to you soon.
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Re: Zune -Microsoft's iPod coming soon.
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2006, 03:54:55 AM »
if its only 12 hours then thats no where near the new iPod battery life
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2006, 04:05:35 AM »
That's Zune's standard battery Kyle. I am sure we will see those third party giga-capacity batteries pretty soon.
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Re: Zune -Microsoft's iPod coming soon.
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2006, 05:43:31 PM »
Mac, you're a bit too much into Mac/iPod/iMac stuff and you look at the hole thing from negative side all along (at least thats what i see from your posts). Just let the thing be released to public and judge it then.
You also have to understand that with bigger screen, bigger power consumtion and some also may need(prefer) bigger screen over power capacity or any other feature. Size? Hell you have 3x the screen of iPod, it's not really odd to have a bit bigger dimensions. So just leave it be released and we'll see then.
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« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2006, 06:49:42 PM »
Rejzor, yes I am biased toward the company I work for :)

We will see if it sells
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Re: Zune -Microsoft's iPod coming soon.
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2006, 09:26:42 PM »
I’m' not a fan of the Zune really or Microsoft for that matter. As for chocolate colour; what the?!  Don’t mistake it for chocolate that’s all I can say! :D

Who am I to stop everyone’s fun?! I love my iPod Nano 2GB and I DON'T think that the Zune will be an "iPod Killer". I am sticking with my iPod that I bought with my first wages in March after working hard for a landscape gardener; in which I nearly killed myself!

Apple if I remember has always been ahead of Microsoft. I don’t know this because of my young, tender age, but I read up about it some where. :D My Dad also told me how Apple got its logo from Babbage who took a bit out of an apple he injected with cyanide. 

That’s let off some steam for me about good old Microsoft...
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Re: Zune -Microsoft's iPod coming soon.
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2006, 09:37:50 PM »
This forum isn't for bashing any company. Microsoft, Apple or any other compamy.  :)
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« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2006, 10:55:21 AM »
H there

I AM NOT "bashing" any company: I am just saying MY opinion; OK? :D

Can I please say something hear? I wish to be removed if people are going to "gang" up on me: I am not a violent young hooligan; I am a polite, well-mannered person and I do have family issues in which my Dad is severally ill AND depressed.

That’s all
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