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iHome ZN90B Zune dock

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2010

This may be the nicest looking Zune dock out there. The ZN90B dock is available for pre-order now, for only $100, and has AM/FM presets, EQ controls and iHome’s “Reson8″ speaker chambers which provide “astounding clarity, depth and power.” Oh and an alarm function too.

It will run on a pair of AA batteries, so you can take it with you anywhere, or can be charged via the AC charger. Expect it to be available sometime this month. It’s great for charging your Zune while playing music.

Zune HD2 already on the way?

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2010

Seems like just the other day the Zune HD arrived, but already rumors are circulating about a Zune HD2 that “will be similar to an iPod Touch,” and could ship this year. It could be part of the “Windows Phone 7 Series platform” and run Windows Phone 7 apps.

There’s no word on when we might see this theoretical Zune HD successor, but a Zune with the Windows Phone 7 interface might be just the thing Microsoft is looking for to tie it all together. Hopefully we will hear more about this soon.

Zune Phone within 2 Months?

Posted in Zune Phone by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

So remember all of the Project Pink/Zune Phone rumors from way back? Well, they have started again thanks to a statement by Jefferies analyst Katherine Egbert:

“Our recent industry checks indicate Microsoft will be debuting its own phone sometime in the next two months…We expect the new phone to debut soon, at either the Feb 15-18 Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona Spain, or possibly at CTIA in Las Vegas one month later.”

Microsoft’s Pink phones

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2009

Microsoft's Pink phoneGizmodo has the skinny on the Pink.Project Pink is Microsoft’s new phone for regular joes. We heard rumors about the software months ago, but the hardware, as well as who’s making it has been a mystery. Anyhow, check out the first pictures of these Pink phones, the Turtle and Pure.

The phones will be made by Sharp and Pink will be aimed at the same market that uses the Sidekick. The Turtle kind of looks like a toy Palm Pre, while the Pure seems like your typical standard slider. Both are very…round-ish, with soft angles. Obviously plastic.

Microsoft is launching a music streaming service this month

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2009

Microsoft is launching a music streaming service this monthPeter Bale, executive producer of MSN recently spoke to the Telegraph and announced that Microsoft will launch a streaming music service “imminently”, by the end of July. Bale said the service will be similar to Spotify, a streaming music service that offers both an ad-supported listening option as well as a premium subscription service with no ads. Bale also added that Microsoft is considering extending the service to the Xbox 360, but he didn’t give any other details.

They are still examining a business model. Apparently the service would let users stream tunes for free as long as they listen to ads every half hour or so. It will be interesting to see how this initiative will tie-in with the company’s Xbox 360 and Zune.

Xbox Live: 1080p Zune video store, Netflix browsing, Twitter and Facebook

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Xbox Live: 1080p Zune video store, Netflix browsing, Twitter and Facebook integrationAt E3 today the big M announced a bunch of upgrades to Xbox Live. The biggest news is the relaunch of the video service, now Zune-branded with 1080p instant-on streaming content in 18 countries. XBL will also now integrate with Facebook, which is great news for all of you social butterflies out there. Your Facebook account can be linked to your Gamertag, and games will support Facebook Connect for sharing online content.

That’s not all. You’ll also be getting Twitter and Last.fm. Yes, these updates are huge. There’s more. Netflix users will now be able to browse the entire catalog instead of just loading their queue, and since Microsoft has gotten its Party Watch system down, you’ll be able to diss videos with your online friends.

Zune video services moving to Xbox Live

Posted in Microsoft by Darrin Olson on May 27th, 2009

Zune video services to be integrated into Xbox LiveAlmost true to rumors, along with the press release from Microsoft late Tuesday about the new Zune HD release, the company announced they will be extending the Zune video service into Xbox LIVE this fall as well.

“The Zune music player is an integral part of the overall Zune experience, and we’re proud to be growing and extending our offering beyond the device,” said Enrique Rodriguez in the Microsoft press release on Tuesday. Rodriguez is the corporate vice president of the Microsoft TV, Video and Music Business Group.

Microsoft makes Zune HD Official

Posted in Media Players by Darrin Olson on May 27th, 2009

Microsoft officially launches Zune HDMicrosoft made the official announcement late Tuesday that the Zune HD, the next generation of the Zune media player, would indeed be hitting the market in the near future. The Zune HD packs some new features including built-in HD radio, high-def video out, OLED multi-touch screen, WiFi and an included internet browser.

Microsoft working on Digital Entertainment handheld

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 17th, 2009

Microsoft working on Digital Entertainment handheldHere’s a rumor that we’d all like to see come true. A handheld portable that combines the Xbox 360 with the Zune. The project is codenamed “xYz,” and is said to feature a WVGA touchscreen. It will let you play music and movies on the device as well as the Xbox 360.

Team Xbox claims to have sources inside Microsoft who are working on just such a device. We’re talking about a connected handheld gaming system with sweet multimedia features. Obviously we want. But will it ever come to life?

New Zune phone in June?

Posted in Zune Phone by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2009

Z2K bug makes 30GB Zunes fail at 12AM, December 31stAnother Zune phone rumor has surfaced. If it all pans out we may have a Zune phone this June. It all started with a Twitter update from the Microsoft Office 2010 team that stated, “June 2009 will be an important month for Zune lovers”, followed by another tweet mentioning “New product launch, that’s all I’m allowed to say. Hold off from buying an iPhone/Pre. :)”.

That suggests that this is more than a new Zune portable media player. Something to do with E3? That’s about all we know at the moment. At any rate, looks like it will be Zune this June.

Microsoft Zune to get exclusive animated comedy series

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on May 5th, 2009

citycouncil3050-sbWhen Microsoft launched its Zune DAP it hoped that the device would dethrone Apple as the leader in the digital music category. That failed to happen and Microsoft languishes in third spot in sales behind Apple and SanDisk.

Microsoft has announced a new exclusive animated series for the Zune that the software giant hopes will lure digital content fans to the Zune platform. The series is called City Council 3050 AD and the pilot episode will debut in Seattle later this month.

Microsoft introduces Zune originals for spring

Posted in Zune by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2009

Microsoft introduces Zune originals for springSpring has sprung so why not celebrate the season with a new spring-themed Zune Original? Unless you are waiting on the Zune HD. Microsoft is offering a collection of custom engravings inspired by the spring season.

There will be six new pieces of art in total for this collection, all by artist duo APAK and individual artists Carolina Melis and Linn Olofsdotter. The patterns are free and apply to any of the flash or hard drive-based Zunes. The spring Originals don’t replace any existing artwork and sit alongside the Artist, Tattoo and Zodiac collections.

Thief takes everything, leaves Zune

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2009

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You can’t make this stuff up. It doesn’t speak very highly of Microsoft’s Zune, when this thief takes everything on the desk, spots the Zune, unplugs the earphones and takes them, then throws the Zune back onto the desk before leaving. Yeah, that’s not a ringing endorsement for the device.

Zune 30GB fail: Microsoft says to wait it out

Posted in Zune by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2008

Z2K bug makes 30GB Zunes fail at 12AM, December 31stHere’s more news for all of you Zune 30 owners who feel betrayed by your now frozen PMP. Microsoft has finally acknowledged the snafu and here is their explanation:

There is a bug in the internal clock driver that causes the device to bite the dust on the last day of a leap year. But don’t worry, even though they won’t be releasing an update for the device any time soon, it should resolve itself when January 1, 2009 comes around. Do you feel better now?

Zune Pink may just be a software upgrade

Posted in Zune Phone by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2008

Zune Pink may just be a software upgradeWe covered the Zune Pink project rumor regarding a Zune phone by Microsoft; however, the latest rumors indicate is that the mobile arena isn’t looking at a single Microsoft branded mobile handset, but an instead an entire software and services platform.

The news is that Project Pink may include Zune Mobile support, which may render into a Zune Mobile software package for Windows Mobile that could well be more robust media support than any previous Microsoft powered mobile phone, and could also predict a mobile downloads store.