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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.

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The Snake3603d 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_MuNkY3603d ago (Edited 3603d 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

Bill Gates I Am3603d ago

I do like the look of this.

Any idea when it's coming out in the UK?

GRUNT3603d ago

I wonder if it will have its own software with it, like the ipod?

tom15953603d ago

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.

GRUNT3603d 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

beans3603d ago

This caught my attention yesterday! It looks pretty cool and has some pretty nice features! Any word on the price yet anyone?

omansteveo3603d 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$

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