Thursday, September 14, 2006

Microsoft Releases Zune Details

Microsoft today unveiled details of the first products to be released under its Zune brand.

Designed around the principles of sharing, discovery and community, Zune will create new ways for consumers to connect and share entertainment experiences. The Zune experience centers around connection — connection to your library, connection to friends, connection to community and connection to other devices.

Available this holiday season in the United States, Zune includes a 30GB digital media player, the Zune Marketplace music service and a foundation for an online community that will enable music fans to discover new music. The Zune device features wireless technology, a built-in FM tuner and a bright, 3-inch screen that allows users to not only show off music, pictures and video, but also to customize the experience with personal pictures or themes to truly make the device their own. Zune comes in three colors: black, brown and white.

Every Zune device creates an opportunity for connection. Wireless Zune-to-Zune sharing lets consumers spontaneously share full-length sample tracks of select songs, homemade recordings, playlists or pictures with friends between Zune devices. Listen to the full track of any song you receive up to three times over three days. If you like a song you hear and want to buy it, you can flag it right on your device and easily purchase it from the Zune Marketplace.

Zune makes it easy to find music you love — whether it’s songs in your existing library or new music from the Zune Marketplace. Easily import your existing music, pictures and videos in many popular formats and browse millions of songs on Zune Marketplace, where you can choose to purchase tracks individually or to buy a Zune Pass subscription to download as many songs as you want for a flat fee.

In addition to the features available at launch, built-in wireless technology and powerful software provide a strong foundation to continue to build new shared experiences around music and video. As Zune evolves, the device can be easily updated. The Zune software on your PC will let you know when these updates are available for download.

Here are some pictures of the devices.

The three colours of ZuneZune in White and BrownZune in Black

Microsoft is hoping that this new line of products will allow it to gain a foothold in the digital music entertainment market, something that Apple has dominated in the recent past with its Ipod line. Only time will tell if Microsoft is successful.

More information is available at the following Microsoft Press Release and the Zune Virtual Pressroom.

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Anonymous said...

How much are these devices going to cost?

They don't look like they'll be cheaper than Ipods.

Jason said...

Unfortunately, they haven't released that information yet.

Hopefully, as a Canadian, we'll also see this device prior to Christmas.