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Zune April Fools?

Apr 022007
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Yesterday I announced the second winner of our Free Zune Giveaway and since it fell on April Fools Day I decided to have some fun with the announcement. Giveaway winners are posted in the forum and I announced the topic to every registered member with the misleading title “You won a Free Zune from” which I thought was funny but I guess one or two of you didn’t. One guy cursed me pretty bad actually but he appears to have issues. Not all Zuners are cool It seems.

I had some fun yesterday just checking some of the other April Foolishness and saw the fun Google and Slashdot had with it. Late last night I read a story on Slashdot that caught my eye. titled “Microsoft set to Announce Zune 360 and 180” describes an article written by BlueBerry Bob title “Zune – set for a revamp“. In this article Bob claims that Microsoft is holding back plans for the current Zuner device because of the impending release of two new devices named the Zune 360 and the Zune 180. The Zune 360 is said to be a touchscreen video player with a full face screen and increased capacity and the 180 is a smaller Nano style player.

When I read the article late last night I thought it was an April Fools gag but now I’m wondering if I was the fool. I reread the article today after I found sites like TheInquirer going with the story and if it is a gag it’s well done. If it’s not what Microsoft has planned then maybe it is what they need to be doing at least. As it stands I have no idea whether it’s true or not but I do agree with their conclusion.

There’s not enough information to say whether the new Zunes will be a success but if this information is accurate the new models will be a major improvement over the original. This could mean some much needed competition in the portable music player market.

Zune – Set for a revamp

Microsoft’s Zune was released in the US in November 2006 and sales have been disappointing so far, in fact except for the launch week there’s been no week where the Zune has sold over 1000 units. A lot of problems with the Zune are caused by perception (a lot of people think they’re only available in brown), pricing (same price as an iPod – people will only pay a premium for the market leader) and the defective by design wireless sharing which adds bulk to the product without providing any useful purpose. The roll out to the rest of the world has been temporarily suspended while Microsoft finalize plans for the Zune 360 bringing them parity with their successful Xbox line of consoles. As yet, no information has been leaked so we have no pictures of this new product, but it is planned to be released in June and in a break from typical Microsoft style of announce plans early and often they’ve decided to follow a more secretive Apple style approach. Still, it’s amazing what information you can get out of a Microsoft rep if you feed them 10 bottles of Duvel, for some of them 2 bottles will even do.

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Zune Marketplace is awesome

Mar 272007
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The greatest thing about the Microsoft Zune is the amount of music you have at your fingertips. With more than 2 million tracks available, Zune represents every genre of music for those who crave diversity. Not only is the large selection of tracks one of the biggest perks, but the most noteworthy part of Zune is its partnership with Billboard. With this partnership you can bring back those memorable songs from the past with six decades worth of songs to choose from.

The benefits do not stop there as Zune not only offers great selection but with Zune, you are able to play music files, display videos and images, and receive FM radio, as well. The Zune also has the capacity to connect wirelessly and via the Xbox 360.

The Zune is an entirely new market for Microsoft has gotten much criticism and does not have the cult following of Apple Computer’s iPod. However, Zune’s biggest competition out there, iTunes, is giving the newcomer a run for its money. iTunes, released in 2001, used primarily for organizing digital music and video files, is a name even the technologically challenged can identity.

When it comes to Zune, many people are still unaware of its existence. The biggest problem for Zune is the lack of exposure it is receiving. If you were to ask your average consumer about Zune, a dumbfounded look is what you might get. Apple’s five year start is partly responsible for its major success. It has had ample time to perfect its technology, yielding maximum performance and profitable sales.

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Zune Phone on the way from Microsoft

Mar 232007
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Microsoft’s newest gadget, the “Zune phone”, which isn’t a phone, is still in the making, but is so appealing that it is already turning heads. Well, if you haven’t heard yet, the device is said to be used as broadband and networking by consumers. It uses OFDM, which is its communications protocol, instead of Bluetooth or WiFi. The orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM), is a scheme that is going to be used with the 4G standards that is going to be coming up far into the future.

The Zune phone will allow you to talk to people over the Internet. How cool is that? You will also be able to share music with others who have it, not through WiFi, but with WiMax. The Zune phone will have you downloading from the net at speeds as high as 2 Mbps. With those speeds you would have ultimate streaming for playing video games.

There should be an announcement by St. Patrick’s Day about its actual name. Then we will also be informed about all of the launch specifics. So far, all we know is that it should hit the shelves sometime in May of 2007 in the U.S., and 2008 in Europe. At this point, the features are still a mystery and are still being created as we speak. It is also said that the Zune phone is to be different than all of its competitors, including iPhone.

Speaking of Apple products, the Zune phone was Microsoft’s response to Apple’s iPhone. Apple actually held onto the iPhone to do more work with it, and decided to also release it in 2007. If you ask me, it seems Apple was trying to cheat. Here are a few things that would really help Zune phone beat the iPhone:

1. Touch Screen
2. Live anywhere over 3G, which would allow gamers to play on XBOX through the Zune phone.
3. Vista Sideshow capability.
4. Streaming from Media Center or XBOX

There is word going around that when the Zune phone is dropped, Sprint/Nextel will be its carrier. It will most likely spread to other wireless carriers, but probably not Cingular since iPhone is going to be released to it. One way Microsoft is sure to beat them with is price. It is rumored that the iPhone will be ranging around $600-$800, while the Zune phone will have prices close to that of the PS3.

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Enter to win the Pink Power Challenge

Mar 092007
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generationzune » The Pink Power Challenge

Starting Monday, and will be teaming up to give, you – the readers, some cool Zune Branded booklets. Welcome to the Pink Power Challenge!
What is this about?
This is a Marketplace hunt of sorts. We will post two different clues everyday on each blog. Meaning by checking both our blogs, the easier it will be. No purchase necessary! Simply, navigate the marketplace and sample songs to find answers to the clues.
How can I enter you ask?
Well, it’s simple. The only requirement is that you download the Zune Software, because this plays an important role in this challenge.First Step: Download the Zune software here.Second Step: Everyday and will post two clues to what to look for. By checking both blogs, the easier it will be to find.

Third Step: Found it? Good! Now email us the answer to with the time, date your name and the answer. The first one to find it and email it to us will win!
Limited Supply! We will say this, we have more then one and less than one hundred
This contest will run until the end of March, so hurry!

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Zune Player Giveaway update

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Mar 072007
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I’ll admit things have been a bit slow around here recently as I’ve been busy with a load of other things to do. I wanted to drop a little reminder that we are still running the Free Zune Player Giveaway and the next Zune winner is going to be announced on April 01. I know what a day to announce the winner but it’s true someone will Win a Zune on April Fools Day. Should be kinda cool actually.

As I mentioned before it takes a bit more than signing up to win a Zune. I’m looking for someone special that loves Zune and so much they spend all their time helping out in the forums with great posts, pics for the Zune wallpaper gallery and other stuff for Zune friends to enjoy.

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BoxWave FlexiSkin Zune case giveaway winner

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Mar 072007
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We have a winner in the Boxwave Zune case giveaway for this month. It took a few days to notify the winner so I’m a bit delayed but our forum member Noggatchi is the winner of this months Boxwave Flexiskin case. For those that missed it I reviewed the Boxwave FlexiSkin case last month and I’m still sporting it on my Zune. It’s a cool case and helps keep my Zune looking new and scrathc free like I like it.

If you need a case I suggest you jump over to the forums and enter to win by posting something about you and your Zune experience.

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Need a job? Microsoft is hiring for the Zune team

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Mar 042007
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What’s better than a free Zune giveaway? How about a job with the Zune team? That’s right Microsoft is hiring and they have up to 34 positions available on the Zune team. Up for grabs are jobs like Program Management and Software Tester

I’m looking through the job list for somehting like a Zune blogger needed but no luck yet. I do think I can handle software testing but they won’t want to pay me what I’m worth :)

The need to hire a marketing firm that can make some decent ads and maybe get a few Zune players sold. Testing the software is useless if no one buys the darn device.

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Make MSN Your Homepage and Win a Zune

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Mar 042007
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Make MSN your homepage and you’ll get the
information and entertainment you crave every day:

* All-in-one place—to save time and stay in touch
* Discovery at your fingertips—so you can easily learn and enjoy more
* The source you count on—to stay informed, entertained and up-to-date

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