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    LaBomba

    Clunky-looking Microsoft Zune player revealed in filing

    http://appleinsider.com/article.php?id=1993


    An obesely proportioned digital media player, confirmed to be Microsoft's upcoming Zune device, has turned up in photos and documentation filed with the FCC.




    The iPod has a new enemy in town, with an expected release date of Nov. 14 and a $299 price tag. The Microsoft Zune opens a new market of "social" music connectivity.

    Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) connectivity
    30 GB Hard Drive
    3 inch video LCD
    White, Black, and Chocolate Colors
    FM Radio
    TV output connectivity
    Dedicated song download site
    DJ Mode (broadcast what you are listening to)

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    Cybermagell​an

    Built not to be able to flush down airplane toilets

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    TommyCarlier

    Touché.

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    DoomBringer

    I'm not one for portable music players, myself, but I think it adds some compelling features.  I wonder if they're going to do a lower priced flash based one.  I've never cared for the pricier hard drive ones, as I generally don't have that much music and I don't even spend much time away from my sources of entertainment.

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    jamie

    LaBomba wrote:






    * i think Ultraman had a zune... - or beta capsule...

    first glance - dont understand how it works.  so - here's a draft ...





    ... gross yes.  - but you could tell how it works... no?

    edit- oops - two buttons missing:  Win logo (home) left  Shutdown icon (right)   just below video screen  *crap hang on Wink

    ok added.   still gross haha.  but i can see how it works!

    <big>


    edit: well to fix it  - id have a transistor radio stlye: on /off / vol slider on the left (where thumb is - and pushing it down = home)   yes... thats hard to see the functionality as above too... here:

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    RNewman

    I showed these pictures to a friend of mine who uses an iPod. He said "I want a music player, not a PDA". I tend to agree with him.

    Sure, you can get good video on a 3" screen, but other than that, it's grossly oversized for general music-listening use. Especially when you put it in your pocket. I'm guessing the screen will scratch easily, too.

    heh, it does look very similar to a Dell Axim though.

    Microsoft will have to get a "Second Edition" out to door pretty quick, to keep consumers interested, I think. Still, the proof is in the pudding, as they say.

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    Tom Servo

    Considering that most newer and some not so new cellphones all have memory card slots, the ability to play MP3s and (newer phones) AAC files, combined with various possibilities to hook up headphones, I'm surprised why the portable player market still works that well. I guess, it might be the video thing, but I consider that niche. Who wants to watch movies on a tiny screen?

    The first thing I did after getting my new phone, was selling my MP3 player.

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    irascian

    Sigh! I wish Jamie were designing Microsoft's hardware. They might end up with something people actually wanted to buy then.

    That Zune looks really.... dull. And if Microsoft should have learnt one thing from the iPod it's not that reliability or features are important but how "cool" the thing looks that matters.

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    rjdohnert

    Not only that but it looks like an iPod.

    irascian wrote:
    Sigh! I wish Jamie were designing Microsoft's hardware. They might end up with something people actually wanted to buy then.

    That Zune looks really.... dull. And if Microsoft should have learnt one thing from the iPod it's not that reliability or features are important but how "cool" the thing looks that matters.

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    eddwo

    I quite like the design, but then I always wanted to get a Nomad II but Creative would never sell them in the UK.

    I'm waiting to see what the Zune featureset and UI is like before I make any decisions though.

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    W3bbo

    irascian wrote:
    Sigh! I wish Jamie were designing Microsoft's hardware. They might end up with something people actually wanted to buy then.


    No ad-hominem here, but Jamie's design for a portable media player isn't much of a design, it scores badly for usability too. Try using all the buttons on the bottom of a modern-day PDA whilst viewing the screen, it hurts your thumb because all the buttons are at the bottom.

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    blowdart

    Face it, the iPod is embedded in popular culture. And that Zune design is nowhere near pretty enough. Which annoys me as I need a new player.

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    DoomBringer

    I don't see why you guys are complaining about how it looks.  Looks fine to me.

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    alwaysmc2

    irascian wrote:
    That Zune looks really.... dull.


    Well if the Zune looks dull where does that leave the iPod?

    But there's more to a player than how good it looks, what about the fact that the iPod wastes so much space by orienting the screen the way it does.  If you ask me, I really like how the Zune has the screen on it's "side" so that there's a lot less space that doesn't have pixes or buttons on it.

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    alwaysmc2

    DoomBringer wrote:
    I don't see why you guys are complaining about how it looks.  Looks fine to me.

    Exactly. I like it! Big Smile

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    Rowan

    I wonder what the games will be like.

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    PaoloM

    Games?

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    staceyw

    DoomBringer wrote:
    I don't see why you guys are complaining about how it looks.  Looks fine to me.


    Looks like a "raw" version.  I assume they will add the real style at RTM.

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