Zune 2: An intimate conversation with the Zune team.

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    USArcher

    Fun interview.  You had to ask didn't you, if it had a clock. lol  I love the Zune 80 and think its a winner out of the gate.  The Zune 4/8 skimpt on the screen size and I think thats going to hurt the devices potential.  Overall great work...though its unfortunate they had to spend resources to redevelop the software from scratch.  The main thing I'm looking to hear from Zune is that they intend to go to a regularly scheduled spring/fall update like XBox. 

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    USArcher

    Fun interview.  You had to ask didn't you, if it had a clock. lol  I love the Zune 80 and think its a winner out of the gate.  The Zune 4/8 skimpt on the screen size and I think thats going to hurt the devices potential.  Overall great work...though its unfortunate they had to spend resources to redevelop the software from scratch.  The main thing I'm looking to hear from Zune is that they intend to go to a regularly scheduled spring/fall update like XBox. 

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    otherwise

    Finally, an interview with a real person about Zune.  Was really tired of all the Matt Jubelirer interviews.  I hope the Zune software is better.  I've been running it on Vista for a while and it is vastly inferior to Windows Media Player, though it is faster.  Nice to have one smaller and cheaper.  Much better risk when you're working out and might break it.

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    otherwise

    Finally, an interview with a real person about Zune.  Was really tired of all the Matt Jubelirer interviews.  I hope the Zune software is better.  I've been running it on Vista for a while and it is vastly inferior to Windows Media Player, though it is faster.  Nice to have one smaller and cheaper.  Much better risk when you're working out and might break it.

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    xpclient

    1. They have a "redesigned" software..is it 100% different from WMP or still based on it?
    2. Does the Zune play WMA lossless or no? If not, why?
    3. No battery life specs or info.
    4. What's the video resolution?

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    xpclient

    1. They have a "redesigned" software..is it 100% different from WMP or still based on it?
    2. Does the Zune play WMA lossless or no? If not, why?
    3. No battery life specs or info.
    4. What's the video resolution?

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    Zunerama

    Those new Zunes look great.

    That's a fun interview. Thanks for sharing it!!

    - Harvey

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    Zunerama

    Those new Zunes look great.

    That's a fun interview. Thanks for sharing it!!

    - Harvey

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    Zunerama

    @xpclient:

    1. Zune SW is no longer based on WMP. It was described to me as a "ground up" development.

    2. Yes, all new Zunes, and the Zune 30 with the firmware upgrade, support WMA lossless.

    3. No info on battery yet

    4. Video resolution is 320x240. The TV-out signal is higher I believe, at least in the Zune 80

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    Zunerama

    @xpclient:

    1. Zune SW is no longer based on WMP. It was described to me as a "ground up" development.

    2. Yes, all new Zunes, and the Zune 30 with the firmware upgrade, support WMA lossless.

    3. No info on battery yet

    4. Video resolution is 320x240. The TV-out signal is higher I believe, at least in the Zune 80

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    dentaku

    I like how the Zunepad is a mix between a d-pad that you see on many devices so everyone knows how to use it and the more advanced touchpad like on laptops and the older Creative Zen players.

    One thing I haven't found out yet is if it shows up as a plain old removable mass storage device that you can just drag and drop files to including .mp3s. I like how the old Zen Micro lets you drag a folder full of mp3 onto it just like a flash drive if you don't want to use their included software.

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    dentaku

    I like how the Zunepad is a mix between a d-pad that you see on many devices so everyone knows how to use it and the more advanced touchpad like on laptops and the older Creative Zen players.

    One thing I haven't found out yet is if it shows up as a plain old removable mass storage device that you can just drag and drop files to including .mp3s. I like how the old Zen Micro lets you drag a folder full of mp3 onto it just like a flash drive if you don't want to use their included software.

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    wetworker

    thanks for this, can't wait to get zune80, i will miss my zune30 though.

    ...how about portable hardrive, is that option there.

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    wetworker

    thanks for this, can't wait to get zune80, i will miss my zune30 though.

    ...how about portable hardrive, is that option there.

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    Beatseeker

    love the zune
    HATE the zune software/sync/music manager.

    i already have a system to manage my music, why should i be forced to conform to this crappy zune software?? and it's a total resource hog on my system.

    i really want to just drag and drop my media on the device without building playlists, without conversions, without DRM issues, without forced syncing etc etc

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    Beatseeker

    love the zune
    HATE the zune software/sync/music manager.

    i already have a system to manage my music, why should i be forced to conform to this crappy zune software?? and it's a total resource hog on my system.

    i really want to just drag and drop my media on the device without building playlists, without conversions, without DRM issues, without forced syncing etc etc

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    sportsunit

    Good job by the zune team.  But, I really hope we don't have to wait a full year for a clock/alarm (:

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    sportsunit

    Good job by the zune team.  But, I really hope we don't have to wait a full year for a clock/alarm (:

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    Googleman81

    i want a hd display and video games with my zune...

    im just kidding...

    no really, whats so important about a clock with the thing? normal people still have wrists.

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    Googleman81

    i want a hd display and video games with my zune...

    im just kidding...

    no really, whats so important about a clock with the thing? normal people still have wrists.

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