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Zune Music gets it’s death notice

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Sep 242012
 
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It looks like Microsoft is ready to pull the plug on Zune Music finally. The much maligned Microsoft music service which still has many fans and users will be transitionig to the more popular Xbox Music name and dropping some very popular features along the way.

The Zune brand was never really able to make a dent in the market even with the high level of customer satisfaction among the few of us who actually bought the music player from Microsoft. It seems like the choice to make a brown Zune in the very first edition was too much for them to overcome and the Zune was D.O.A. among most in the tech world.

The Zune Music Pass and Zune Software were the two most popular services but those were not enough to keep the brand alive forever and the decision has been made to transition to the Xbox brand which is far more popular and has global recognition. If you are still a big fan of the Zune service you can still have your music on the Xbox service with a few missing features.
Some Zune Music features ending as Zune moves to Xbox Music brand | Microsoft Pri0 | The Seattle Times

Some Zune Music features ending as Zune moves to Xbox Music brand | Microsoft Pri0 | The Seattle Times

Among the features being axed, according to Microsoft: Social experiences and music sharing: Users will no longer be able to send and receive messages, invite friends, and share songs, playlists and albums they’re currently listening to. Mixview playback and channel playlists. The app catalog for the Zune player. Channel playlists — they will not refresh with updated content Availability of music videos for purchase or streaming as part of the Zune Music Pass from Zune PC software. Availability of previously purchased music videos for re-downloading or re-licensing (though videos downloaded before Friday will still be playable and transferrable to other devices).

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Zune to Expand Multiscreen Entertainment Services Into International Markets

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Jul 102012
 
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Zune to Expand Multiscreen Entertainment Services Into International Markets
Sept. 20, 2010
Major entertainment companies provide music and movie catalog to the U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain.

REDMOND, Wash. — Sep. 20, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the further international expansion of Zune, its digital entertainment service. This fall, Zune will expand its music and video footprint and bring the free Zune software, Zune Marketplace online store, Zune Pass1 music subscription service and enhanced features on Zune.net to new markets, providing a comprehensive entertainment experience on Windows-based PCs, on the go with Windows Phone 7 and in your living room through Xbox LIVE.2

“The integration between Zune, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE is an exciting expansion in our entertainment offerings,” said Craig Eisler, corporate vice president, Interactive Entertainment Business Group at Microsoft. “Zune enables users to access the entertainment they want, wherever they want it — and now, more people than ever will be able to enjoy the freedom and flexibility that the Zune service offers.”

Zune software has been upgraded with new features and functionality and will serve as the Windows Phone 7 synchronization client. The new software (version 4.7) will be available to download for free in more than 20 countries, including the U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain, to easily manage your personal collection of movies, music, podcasts and pictures. Zune software continues to set the standard for entertainment software, providing best-in-class experiences to organize, discover and enjoy digital media with a variety of exclusive features. For example, the Quickplay menu enables immediate access to recently played content and personal favorites, and Smart DJ 3 automatically creates playlists from your personal music collection and takes the extra step of mixing in suggested music from the Zune Marketplace. The updated Zune software will also enable instant streaming of high-definition movies, allowing you to watch some Zune Marketplace movies in HD, with no download time, directly on a Windows PC.

Zune Marketplace online store is accessible from within the Zune software and offers the ability to purchase millions of individual songs or albums from its catalog, all in MP3 format. Here, consumers can also subscribe to Zune Pass,4 which provides unlimited downloads and music streaming capabilities from the Zune music library, including content from major music labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music and Warner Music Group, as well as thousands of independent labels. Zune Marketplace also has a large library of videos from major studios such as Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution for purchase or rental. Video purchases will be accessible through Xbox LIVE and Windows-based PCs, and can also be added to a Windows Phone 7. Simply buy your favorite video from Zune Marketplace and watch it on the screen of your choice.9

Zune.net is the perfect resource for consumers as it allows them to download the software and set up a Zune account with a new or existing Windows Live ID.5 Zune.net will also provide Web access to Zune Marketplace so you can purchase music or use a Zune Pass to stream music directly through an Internet browser,6 as well as purchase video content.7

Zune Expansion to New Markets

As Zune expands internationally, its music and video service will be tailored for each market. Genre experts will custom program Zune Marketplace and feature the top songs, videos, movies and unique promotions for each country.

The fall 2010 international expansion of the Zune music and video service includes the following:

Zune Marketplace will extend services to several markets in Europe and beyond.

  • Zune Pass (U.K., France, Italy and Spain). The monthly music subscription service will be available for 9.99 euros /8.99 pounds per month for unlimited download and streaming access to the Zune music catalog and will be accessible on Windows-based PCs, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE. The offer in the U.S. will remain at $14.99 per month for unlimited downloads and streaming access, with the ability to keep 10 MP3s per month.8
  • Music purchase (U.K., France, Italy, Spain and Germany). Expansion to these markets will enable consumers to purchase MP3s and listen on their Windows-based PC, Windows Phone 7 or any other device that supports MP3 format. Users will also be able to purchase music videos to enjoy on Windows-based PC, Windows Phone 7 and Zune on Xbox LIVE.
  • Video purchase (U.K., France, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).Consumers will now be able to purchase movies to download and watch anywhere — on the big screen in the living room with Xbox LIVE or their Windows-based PC as well as sync it to their Windows Phone 7 to enjoy on the go.9
  • Movie rental (U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). In addition to Zune video on Xbox LIVE, consumers in these countries will now be able to rent movies for viewing on their Windows-based PC or choose to sync the rental to their Windows Phone 7.

The global expansion of the service is the latest step in a series of milestones for Zune, including powering Bing music search results, the added ability to purchase music and video on Zune.net, and the forthcoming integration with Xbox LIVE and Kinect for Xbox 360. By continuing to integrate Zune across the most important screens to consumers, Zune provides an all-in-one music and video service for users to discover, enjoy and experience their entertainment wherever they want.

About Zune

Zune is Microsoft’s music and video entertainment service that provides an integrated digital experience across Zune devices, Windows-based PCs, Xbox LIVE and Windows Phone 7. The Zune platform includes a line of portable digital media players, elegant software, the Zune Marketplace and Zune.net online stores, the Zune Social online music community created to help people discover music, and the ZuneOriginals.net online media player customization store. More information can be found online at http://www.zune.net/en-us/press.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

1 Zune Pass available in U.K., France, Italy and Spain.

2 Zune Pass on Xbox 360 requires an Xbox LIVE Gold membership and a Zune Pass subscription.

3 Only available with Zune Pass.

4 Zune Pass is a music subscription; some Zune Marketplace songs and content are not available via Zune Pass. Available content may vary over time.

5 For cross-screen functionality, the same Windows Live ID needs to be used on the Zune software, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE accounts.

6 Internet browser support for Silverlight required.

7 Service features may vary based on market availability.

8 Keep 10 MP3s per month feature available to U.S. Zune Pass subscribers only, on their PC or Windows Phone 7.

9 Content available for download on multiple devices may vary over time. Availability of content and video resolution will vary by device.

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New Zune PC Software 4.8

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Sep 102011
 
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Overview of New Zune PC Software 4.8

Zune software is a digital media jukebox that puts your favorite music, videos, and pictures at your fingertips. Use Zune software to find great music on Zune Music & Video Marketplace and to sync everything in your digital media library to your Zune and Windows Phone devices. By installing this software, you will also be installing up to seven additional components which are needed for the update.

System requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP Service Pack 3

To get the most out of the Zune software, your computer should meet these system requirements:

Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
Broadband Internet connection

Instructions

To see if Zune is available at your location, please click the link below: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/952586?sd=zune

Download the setup package
Run ZunePackage.exe
Proceed with Zune setup

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R.I.P. – Zune Media Players Dead (2006-2011)

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Mar 152011
 
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Major media outlets are all predicting the final end to Zune media devices with most forecasting that Microsoft will not be introducing any future Zune branded hardware devices to the market. Zune will remain a software ecosystem and they will continue to push it on mobile media devices along with the Zune Pass music subscription which has seen mild success as the best offer in that niche.

Only time will tell how accurate these predictions are but they seem a likely path for Microsoft to take with the Zune brand. Microsoft was never able to catch Apple in the hardware or design factor and the many stumbles they made in marketing the Zune platform and devices meant it was doomed to failure from the very beginning. This website came about after rumors surfaced that Zune would be released and we have been online since June of 2006 as one of the first 10 Zune websites online.

I personally have watched as Microsoft made one mistake after another from the very day of the launch when the failed give away one single device to seed the market. The highly touted wireless sharing features were useless unless you had two zunes and they could have done well had they given a few to the top musicians and artists for use in music videos or even reference in actual songs by top performers and made the Zune cool but instead they let the line languish with confusing television ads and a fractured marketing plan that had people more confused than excited.

The first generation device was decent but the followups were mediocre at best and failed to grab any market share over the uber cool Apple devices and the powerful brand awareness. I always thought Zune had a chance until I realized that it was it’s own worst enemy with me too designs and the misguided advertising campaigns. Microsoft was able to succed with Xbox in gaming but they have failed to make a dent in the music business and they have lost their strong start in the mobile market as well so they must be worried that few of their new ventures have met with any success other than Kinect which has led the Electronics Division to record sales.

What does this msean for the Zune blog and community? Well we have been writing about Windows Mobile, Xbox and Kinect more than Zune for some time now and it will probably continue on that path as we bring you more news and information on Microsoft products and applications and how they fail to compare to the other offerings on the market.

Bloomberg reported that Microsoft will stop introducing new versions of erstwhile device as it shifts its focus to other devices. Microsoft will focus on placing the Zune software on mobile phones running on WP7.

Read more at Bloomberg

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Microsoft KIN voted biggest tech failure of 2010

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Dec 162010
 
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It is a shame really the number of awards Microsoft has earned with the Kin and Zune line of electronic dcevices. First Zune was called the biggest tech failure of 2007 and now Kin has been nominated the biggest tech failure of 2010 and there is no doubt that regardless of the whiz bang features the Kin Phones had they were by far the biggest failure of the year and quite possibly in tech history. Can you imagine spending 100′s of millions to design and develop a mobile phone that is pulled from the market in just 48 days? it took about 48 months for them to do the leg work in building the phones and they shut the whole thing down in under 2 months.

That is a failure of unimaginable purportions and should be the nail in the electronics coffin for the Entertainment and Devices division of the worlds largest software company. It really is a mystery to me how Microsoft was able to kill Zune and Kin so efficiently and so effectively. When Zune was released I remember a few conversations I had with users about wheter or not there was a spy in the Zune division whos only purpose was to kill the project. Do you remember the Zune software photo of the young lady in pain? Can you say FAIL?

Do you think Microsoft has a chance in the mobbile phone market or should they just focus on software?

Zune Software Fail

 

The worst tech of 2010 – Technology & science – Tech and gadgets – Digital Home – msnbc.com

In an era where everyone wants a smart phone, who would buy a dumbed-down handset that has no apps, provides a terrible browsing experience on its tiny screen and has a UI that makes users jump through silly hoops like dragging photos onto a tiny green circle just to share them? Teenagers and young adult hipsters would flock to Kin in droves, Microsoft reasoned, and even pay the same data fees Verizon charges for its Droids. Fortunately, consumers aren’t stupid. The product was pulled from the market in just 48 days. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal.)

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Zune music downloads from Zune marketplace

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Oct 172010
 
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The Zune Marketplace integrates with Zune software on your pc for a powerful music download service offering all the top mp3 downloads for podcasts, music and bloggers online. Zune music downloads can be played from your pc software with the built in music players or synced to your Zune media device for portable music enjoyment.

Download mp3 music from Zune and share with your Zune friends over the wireless music player and discover new music online and offline with the new Zune HD music sharing features. Show your friends the cool new music available in the Zune Marketplace and let them sample some of the hottest tunes from todays hot artists in a few short clicks and be a part of the Zune social music sharing community.

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Zune Software for Mac is Coming Zune

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Oct 142010
 
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After 3 long years it seems Microsoft has finally announced that they will be offering Zune software for Mac computers. The new logic most likely being why limit Windows 7 phone users to the worlds most popular operating system which should have been the exact same logic used to make Zune players work on Macintosh computers way back in November 2006 when the first Zune player was released.

Creating a hole in Macintosh computers that allowed the Microsoft media players operate on the competitors OS makes sense for most media device manufacturers but this seemed to escape the great minds at the worlds largest software maker. I think Zune adoption would have been greater if the Zune software had been released on Mac computers and even Linux based systems but it wasn’t and in the end Zune struggles to find a market. Any Mac owners ready to drop their iPhone or iPod?

Microsoft Annouces Zune App For Mac And Enhanced Facebook Partnership
In the report, Oppenheimer writes “On Wednesday, ZDNet reported that MSFT plans on releasing a Zune client application for Mac (NASDAQ: AAPL) computers. Not unlike Apple’s iTunes product, the Zune client app will be used to sync Windows Phone 7 devices with PCs, and with this future release, Macs as well. ZDNet indicated that the news was first discovered by a post on Twitter from a MSFT employee, which was subsequently removed from the website. However, when contacted by ZDNet about the post, MSFT confirmed the software would become available for Macs, stating “Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that allows Windows Phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers.”"

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Zune software for your media collection

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Sep 242010
 
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Zune software for PC is a great music management solution bound only by the limited operating system choices. Zune software offers a huge number of features over powerhouse iTunes including a robust music streaming and monthly subscription service.

Installing Zune software is a breeze on Windows pc devices and will handle any size music collection with a variety of music management choices such as ripping, burning and organization functions. Sort your music by title, artist, year and more and find new music online with the intuitive layout and new music choices such as featured playlists, suggested songs and related albums from your favorite and most played music.

Zune software has a great built in music player designed to be minimized on your Windows desktop and integrate well into your computer setup. Sync music with your media device and manage online downloads from the vast Zune music library with the Zune software and take easy care of your music collection.

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