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Zune Officially Announced - First Look

Today, Microsoft officially announced the Zune brand and the first Zune device, a 30GB digital media player. The Zune features a built-in FM tuner that displays the name of the song being played, a 3-inch screen, preloaded content from various record labels. But probably its most interesting feature is its abilitily to perform wireless Zune to Zune file sharing.

The world's largest software maker revealed that the Zune media player, which will be built by Toshiba, will be available this holiday season in the United States together with an iTunes competitor: The Zune Marketplace, which works with the Microsoft Points program so Zune owners can purchase music online without a credit card.

Microsoft also revealed that rather than paying for individual songs, the Zune Marketplace will also let consumers download as many tracks as they want for a flat fee.

In the movie below at the source, you can see the Zune media player in action for the first time. Also a bunch of pictures of the device in its three color variants: black, white and brown. (Culture, Industry, Xbox, Xbox 360)

The Snake  +   3363d ago
This may be cool. I wonder what kind of connectivity it will offer with the 360 if any. 30 GB may be a bit small considering Apple just released an 80 gig iPod, which I'm pretty sure has a larger, brighter screen than the ones that came before. Of course, I've got between 150 and 200 albums and several videos on my 30 gig iPod and it's just past 1/3 full, so maybe all that extra space on the new iPod doesn't matter. Music sharing sounds cool, but how many people will actually take advantage of it? I would like to know how much this Zune costs. Also, why brown?
WaCkY_MuNkY  +   3363d ago
To me the release of the 80gig ipod is a waste of space i too have a 30gig ipod and it is not half full so 80 would be a waste 30 seems to be just fine. I think that this will be an instant hit and finally put the ipod to rest. also with a set flat rate for music that will surely draw attention away from itunes. I cant wait to get one buy how much does it cost? i just saw the video. take a look at the battery at the start of the video then look at it towards the end it went down to half in that little time hope the battery will be able to beat that of the 80 gig ipod 20hours music 6.5 hours video
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Bill Gates I Am  +   3363d ago
I do like the look of this.

Any idea when it's coming out in the UK?
GRUNT  +   3362d ago
I wonder if it will have its own software with it, like the ipod?
tom1595  +   3362d ago
i dont think so.
i would imagine that it will use some new feature that will be in media player 10. i have an ipod and use itunes... media player seems complicated. itunes is nice and simple.
GRUNT  +   3362d ago
I see what you mean you'll have Windows Media Player Sync with the Zune most likely in a Windows type audio/video (AVI?)format
beans  +   3362d ago
This caught my attention yesterday! It looks pretty cool and has some pretty nice features! Any word on the price yet anyone?
omansteveo  +   3362d ago
I was talking to my reginal manger at work and he told me a few weeks ago that we would be carrying this and the cost would be 250$
Optimus Prime  +   3362d ago
i am liking this more and more. cant wait to get this. and 80 gigs is way too much on a mp3 player. no one will ever use all that space up.
God of Gaming  +   3362d ago
Loving that screen! Put LIVE anywhere on this baby and im sold!
darktangent  +   3362d ago
Will the Zune offer any gaming options?
0ldb0y  +   3362d ago
Wheel or D-pad?
I don't know if others noticed or not, but the large circle at the bottom is not like the iPod's touch sensitive scroll wheel, but is instead just a directional pad in a circle layout.

And a question I must ask: why brown???
pshizle  +   3362d ago
ZUNE format
it will be using Media player 11 with URGE i like it better than the new itunes 7
GRUNT  +   3362d ago
"i am liking this more and more. cant wait to get this. and 80 gigs is way too much on a mp3 player. no one will ever use all that space up."
Why do you think Dell got a Terabyte hard-drive in they're new XPS because files are getting bigger, and bigger means higher quality
Madmax1281980  +   3362d ago
ye true but if u think about it that dosent go the same for music as wma is smaller than mp3 but it has the same sound quality so yeah 80 gb for music is a little big my original xbox has about 6 or 7 albums on it and its still got plenty room on it and thats only 8 gig.

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