Microsoft has disclosed info. that a Zune-branded phone is part of its future plans to expand in the digital music market according to Chris Stephenson, manager of global marketing.
MS needs to crawl before walking. I feel they're trying to do too many things at once.
Even the recently announced next-generation I-Pods don't hold-up to the Zune's awesome features. For example:
- Built-in WiFi
- Built-in FM
- Built-in FM Tuner
- Standard AC adapter slot (in addition to USB)
...do you know how much money it costs to buy I-pod accessories with these features? ANS: A lot!
Also, you just know that the battery (and corresponding charger) will blow the I-pods out of the water - after all it couldn't be any worse.
Furthermore, you know that the Zune will be way more compatible and that you will be able to use it as a portable hard drive - i.e. the unit will play WMA / MP3 directly and you will be able to take songs off your Zune (not just put them on like the I-pod.
So I for one am extremely glad that the big M is going to enter this market and teach Apple how it's done - just like the entered the videogame market and are now showing Sony how it should be done with the 360!
I with ya all the way bud. I can't wait to buy the zune, the i-pod never really sparked my interest, but ever since hearing and reading about the zune, I'm pumped. I guess I'm just a microsoft fanboy all the way.
I have had no interest in I pods at all but this new Zune has peaked my curiosty. I so far have used large Mp 3 players to hold my stuff i suppose i shouldve got an ipod but now this zune is coming out can get one of these AND support my favourite company of all :).
The zune seems to be better suited for a tech junky like me. If only they could replace my nextell. I really would like to see a game specific zune though.
Actually Microsoft it's all about platform.
This reminds me of windows mobile (which is currently used for smart phones and pocket pc, regardless of the hardware manufacturer. I don't think Microsoft wants to become a hardware manufacturer but simply provide a common platform for mobile entertainment devices. If I’m not mistaken the first Zune is being manufactured by Toshiba. So, probably in the near future you will see different manufactured coming with their own Zune version.
Too many DO-DADS in the world. lol sheesh!
Cellphone MP3 players are the future in mobile devices. Good to hear zune's heading towards the future.
Getting one of these. And yes, I think I am just a total MS fanboy.
Cool. I have a windows based phone the Tmobile SDA that can play music and music videos that are excellent quality, has Wifi, infrared, bluetooth, and use SD memory cards. To me this was the best but im really excited to see what M$ can put together with a Zune based phone and whatever software M$ packs into it.
I have a feeling it's going to be one of those all in one smart phones, with access to the zune marketplace.
Zune Marketplace. Xbox Live Marketplace. Microsoft loves their marketplaces!!
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