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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Zune Music Pass Launches In Australia

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune News" @ 05:40 PM

http://www.zune.net/en-AU/products/...ass/default.htm

Oh, yes, fellow Aussies. You'd better believe it. The Zune Music Pass has finally launched in Australia, which means 13 million songs and unlimited music video streaming are now at your fingertips on the Xbox 360, Windows Phone, PC, and web. You can get started now with a free 14-day trial; then, if it's to your liking, continue your subscription for $11.99 AUD per month, or go all out with an annual pass that nets you twelve months for the price of ten. Happy listening!


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Zune Podcast Listener Market Share Exploding!

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Zune Talk" @ 01:00 PM

http://blog.rawvoice.com/2008/01/19...hare-exploding/

"In the first two weeks of 2008 the number of people consuming my personal podcast with the Zune is WAY up. Over all my show download numbers are up about 15%. This is the largest growth my show has seen in a very long time. What this proves is that when you put Podcast front and center in the Zune Interface like the Zune team has, and make it a integral part of the Zune MarketPlace people are bound to check podcast out. Where Apple has largely failed in iTunes is that they have made podcast hard to find and a buried feature within the iTunes Interface. Today it is nearly impossible to find content that is fresh, the iTunes podcast interface is a wasteland of thousands of podfaded shows and huge numbers of single podcast episodes put up by network marketerís."


(Sorry about the tiny image, I couldn't find anything bigger!)

Over at RawVoice, there is an incredibly interesting article up about recent podcasting trends and the Zune. In this instance users of the Zune and Zune Marketplace software make up 21.3% of their listeners! This might not seem like a lot, but take iTunes for instance, whose user base makes up only 38.7% of their listeners. Now seeing how the new Zune software and hardware has only been on the streets for a few months now, compared to the many years iTunes has been around, it appears that Apple might have to start taking the "little media player that could" a bit more seriously. Who knows, old Stevie might just take a look at this and declare that all of the Zune Marketplace users have joined good old Robbie Bach in a round a drinks, since you know, being a drunk is the only reason why anyone would want a Zune. Read more...


Friday, April 27, 2007

PC, Windows Mobile, Xbox 360, and Zune in Connected Gaming?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 06:00 AM

http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=

"A gaming system including handheld devices and console devices has variable functionality and processing performance as determined by the number of components in the system. Gaming components can be combined wirelessly, by wired connections (e.g., via a docking station), or a combination thereof. The processing capabilities and functionality of each gaming component in a combination are augmented by the processing capabilities and functionality of other gaming components in the combination. To take advantage of another gaming components processing capabilities and memory capacity, each gaming component is capable of utilizing another gaming component to process gaming applications. Further, each gaming component is capable of rendering audio and/or video information provided by another gaming component. Also, a gaming component is capable of utilizing another gaming component as an adjunct processor."



This patent filed by Microsoft isn't a reference to Live Anywhere, but something much more. It suggests that one hardware component of a gaming ecosystem can utilize the processing capabilities of another connected component to fulfill a task. Imagine using your Pocket PC as a display or your Zune as a controller for your Xbox 360. Of course, all this is highly theoretical, and patents should always be taken with a grain of salt - at least, until they materialize. Your thoughts on the whole thing?


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Zune and Windows Vista: The Pictures

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Software" @ 08:00 PM



Interested in seeing what Zune looks and feels like in Windows Vista, but don't have a copy of the OS to experience it for yourself? We'll give you a short tour. It feels very similar to the Windows XP version, but there are some minor differences. Read on for more.
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Zune Compatible with Windows Vista Starting Today

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Software" @ 03:00 AM



A little peeved off by the lack of Windows Vista compatibility? Brush those ill feelings aside, because later today, Microsoft will roll out an official update that enables support for Windows Vista and also corrects the infamous installation issues that have plagued many users since November 14. You'll be able to grab it from Microsoft Update or Zune.net.

We'll post screenshots and additional details later today when the update is made available for download (10AM PST).


Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Hacks for Zune: Support for x64

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Software" @ 06:05 AM

http://www.zune-online.com/news/zune/zune-on-windows-xp-pro-64-bit.html



No support for "XYZ"? No problem. The Zune community has its way of dealing with this sort of stuff. The latest hack enables support for the 64-bit version of Windows XP Professional, which should benefit some of you. Now, when Microsoft will enable official support for this, along with Windows Vista is anyone's guess.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Zune: Sorry, No Love for Vista

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 02:00 AM

http://www.zune.net/en-US/meetzune/software/OS_not_supported.htm



Two days ago, we ran a story discussing the possibility of the Zune not supporting Windows Vista, and today, our worst fears were confirmed. Within the next fortnight, MSDN subscribers and business users will be able to pick up a final version of Windows Vista, and to not have the Zune work with it is a huge slap in the face. I know a lot of people who are genuinely interested in the Zune and rolling out Windows Vista as soon as possible. If Microsoft doesn't release some sort of Vista compatibility patch by November 30, there are going to be a lot of disgruntled folks around the place.


Sunday, November 12, 2006

Zune and Windows Vista Compatibility

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Software" @ 08:00 PM


Click the image above for a larger version (JPG, 80KB).

Last week, Microsoft announced that Windows Vista RTM'ed with business availability expected on November 30, and consumer availability on January 30. Naturally, we were curious to see whether the Zune (its release date being November 14) would be compatible with Microsoft's latest operating system. Read on to find out!
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Thursday, November 2, 2006

Download the Zune Desktop Theme Today

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Software" @ 08:15 PM

http://www.zune.net/en-us/meetzune/software.htm


Click above for a larger version (1680 x 1050, 336KB).

Deep within the innards of the Zune Software page is a free Zune Desktop Theme for Windows XP. Download and install it and you'll see a new UI sporting Zune-like colours (dark grey and bright orange) and Zune wallpaper for standard and widescreen displays. Go get it, especially if you grow weary of the common Luna blue.


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