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Woah...Huge Zune update

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    MasterPi

    MS Press said:
    Zune, Microsoft Corp.’s end-to-end music and entertainment service, again revolutionizes how customers discover and connect to the music they love, where and how they want it. Starting next week, every Zune portable media player will let consumers wirelessly download or stream millions of songs on the go from thousands of wireless hot spots around the country. Free, powerful software and firmware updates will give Zune owners the ability to discover, tag and purchase songs directly from the built-in FM radio, wirelessly access the Zune Marketplace store on the go, and tap into interactive, personalized music recommendations that add even more value to the Zune Pass subscription. Zune is also expanding its device lineup with new 16GB and 120GB capacities as well as shiny new blue-on-silver and sleek all-black color schemes. The new features will begin rolling out on Sept. 16, 2008.




    Buy from FM said:
    More than 61 percent of people say they discover new music by listening to the radio. (1) With that in mind, Zune is taking advantage of the wireless connection and the built-in FM tuner to deliver a new feature called Buy from FM, which lets customers tag and purchase songs they hear on FM radio stations (2) directly from the Zune device. When the customer is in a Wi-Fi hot spot, the song can be immediately downloaded to the Zune device. If Wi-Fi is not available, the device will have a queue of songs ready to download when connected to a home computer or in a hot spot. Buy from FM uses Radio Data System and RT+ data feeds within the FM broadcast frequencies that identify song and artist data and enable the Zune service to identify and deliver the track to the customer.


    MS Press said:

    • Channels. Channels are an exciting new tool for music discovery. Customers can explore channels programmed by experts from the music industry such as the Billboard Top 100, The FADER magazine and KEXP radio, in addition to workout-themed channels tailored for high, medium and low impact, and top chart channels from all genres and subgenres. The powerful Zune software will even create custom channels for each user, based on favorite artists and genres. Channels are included with a monthly Zune Pass subscription and can be synced to the device for playback on the go. For non-Zune Pass subscribers, the Channels are available for a la carte purchase.
    • Personal Picks. Now the Zune software learns what kind of music users like and makes personal recommendations. When users log onto Zune Marketplace, they’ll find a new area called Picks where the Zune recommendation algorithm will suggest artists, albums and tracks based on the music they have been listening to, as well as channels they might like and listeners like them in the Zune Social.
    • The Zune Social online music community. Customers can connect with millions of like-minded fans and share music via the Zune Card, a real-time playlist of each user’s favorite and recently played tracks that can be accessed on the Web or within the Zune software, or synced to the Zune device. Zune Pass subscribers can play full tracks from Zune Cards synced to their device while on the go, and now the playlists will even automatically update with the most recently played tracks when Zune connects to a wireless hot spot. It’s like subscribing to a free feed of music from the sources people trust most — their friends.
Software update said:

  • Mixview. Customers can select an artist, album or Zune Card to activate a dynamic, visual mosaic of related music and listeners. With each click users can take the view in a new direction, creating a fun, graphical way to discover new music. Mixview works with users’ current collection of music, in addition to tracks and albums from across the Zune Marketplace.
  • Now Playing. The improved Now Playing view is more interactive and cinematic. Users can sit back and enjoy the combination of great artist imagery, colorful effects, bio information and data from the Zune online music community, all combined in a full-screen view. They can also click to dive deeper into the music behind the picture, providing another great way to interact with their collection.
Firmware update said:

  • Games on the go. Two free games, “Hexic” and “Texas Hold ’Em,” will keep users entertained on the go.
  • Audiobooks. All Zune devices will feature support for audiobooks this fall from industry leaders in the digital distribution of audiobook content. 
  • Audible. Customers can visit audible.com to download and sync favorite books from the 50,000 titles available from over 600 publishers and content providers.
  • OverDrive. They can download content from sites powered by overdrive.com, including 7,500 libraries’ Web sites worldwide. (http://search.overdrive.com)


Heh, I think I pasted the majority of the article.

Buy from FM is such a brilliant idea. It's nice to see MS really trying to understand how people listen to music.

Redmond's been really busy apparently.

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    littleguru

    Wohohohoohoooo... and when is it coming to Europe?

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    kettch

    littleguru said:
    Wohohohoohoooo... and when is it coming to Europe?
    You'll have to pick up a crate of them while you are still in Redmond.

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    MasterPi

    littleguru said:
    Wohohohoohoooo... and when is it coming to Europe?
    I really wish I could trade in my old Zune + $50 to get the new ones.

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    Minh

    mVPstar said:
    littleguru said:
    *snip*
    I really wish I could trade in my old Zune + $50 to get the new ones.
    MS conned me into updating my Zune 30 to firmware 2.x, and now it sounds like sh*t. When you're fooled, you can't get fooled again!

    >Sad

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    Dovella

    Mega WOW!!!!


    PS. In Europe?

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    Duncanma

    Buy from FM sounds great... I don't use my Zune to listen to the radio, but maybe I'll start for just that reason (I listen to my zune in the car, so I use it to hold all my music and have it plugged in via the aux input, and then I use the car's radio to listen to FM). Maybe I'll start bringing it in at night and use its radio while I code... I hear tons of songs on the radio (107.7 locally Smiley ) that I'd like to get, but usually I try to remember a unique bit of lyrics, search the web for that when I get home and then go grab it from the zune marketplace... you can imagine how often I bother doing all that.

    Using the original Zune 30 myself, love that it still gets these features!


    Hexic was a great game on the 360, I'd love to have it on the zune! Coolest feature for me though will be the ability to access the marketplace over wifi... it means I could browse and buy a song from my couch at home, without having to have my big 'desktop replacement' laptop on me...

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    magicalclick

    Minh said:
    mVPstar said:
    *snip*
    MS conned me into updating my Zune 30 to firmware 2.x, and now it sounds like sh*t. When you're fooled, you can't get fooled again!

    >Sad

    So cool, Buy from FM, this is exactly what I wanted. I love radios because they give me new music I like. And now I finally can save those radio info and buy those song. No more like, what song you like, eeee, the songs from 98.7FM ----___----

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    MasterPi

    Minh said:
    mVPstar said:
    *snip*
    MS conned me into updating my Zune 30 to firmware 2.x, and now it sounds like sh*t. When you're fooled, you can't get fooled again!

    >Sad
    I'm sorry they targeted you Minh. Perhaps you should disguise yourself so they can't find you any more.

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    Bas

    Hmm, blue looks nice. Although I still wish the new Zunes came in brown. Oh, and that they were available worldwide.

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    matthews

    Want.

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    dentaku

    Finally, a 16GB model. The Creative Zen has been available in 16 and 32 for a long time now so this would definitely make me want one if I didn't already have my 8GB+SD card expandable Zen. If my Zen ever breaks the Zune is what I want to replace it.

    Ooh, and that blue matches the Corolla S I want to get sometime soon Smiley (when I finally get rid of my 11 year old beige one)

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    wisemx

    I'm all for additional Zune updates.
    So far they have all worked fine on my second generation 30G.

    Question...
    When I'm called on Honor Guard missions I use Live Maps then save the directions to a text file and print it.
    I'd like a way to get those onto my Zune, other than as Media.
    Any of you doing this with a Zune? Thanks Big Smile

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    ManipUni

    wisemx said:
    I'm all for additional Zune updates.
    So far they have all worked fine on my second generation 30G.

    Question...
    When I'm called on Honor Guard missions I use Live Maps then save the directions to a text file and print it.
    I'd like a way to get those onto my Zune, other than as Media.
    Any of you doing this with a Zune? Thanks Big Smile
    How long until Microsoft pulls the plug on the Zune's music licence servers and leaves you up the stream without a paddle?

    Waste of money. Microsoft can't be trusted as a music shop.

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    tfraser

    ManipUni said:
    wisemx said:
    *snip*
    How long until Microsoft pulls the plug on the Zune's music licence servers and leaves you up the stream without a paddle?

    Waste of money. Microsoft can't be trusted as a music shop.
    The chances of the Zune Marketplace succumbing to the same fate as MSN Music are slim, considering the amount of money and effort that has been put into establishing Zune as a viable business.

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    ManipUni

    tfraser said:
    ManipUni said:
    *snip*
    The chances of the Zune Marketplace succumbing to the same fate as MSN Music are slim, considering the amount of money and effort that has been put into establishing Zune as a viable business.
    It is your risk.

    You know Microsoft's track record and you can't complain when you lose access to your music.

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    Bas

    ManipUni said:
    wisemx said:
    *snip*
    How long until Microsoft pulls the plug on the Zune's music licence servers and leaves you up the stream without a paddle?

    Waste of money. Microsoft can't be trusted as a music shop.
    Even if you don't buy music, there's still the Zune Pass. That way you can just download whatever you want, without purchasing any songs.

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    BitFlipper

    ManipUni said:
    wisemx said:
    *snip*
    How long until Microsoft pulls the plug on the Zune's music licence servers and leaves you up the stream without a paddle?

    Waste of money. Microsoft can't be trusted as a music shop.
    If you get a Zune Pass (or any other subscription service) then you never need to worry about "losing" your music, even if all of your backups get wiped out and the provider goes out of business.  I have been doing it for years.  Never "lost" a single song, since all of them esentially have the same songs.

    And if I actually needed to buy every single song I ever downloaded from subscription services, I'd be broke right now for sure.  I have over 4000+ right now alone on my player, and believe me, I have wiped many many songs before these ones.

    I believe that people that knock subscription services never actually used it before.  Not that you said anything about subscription services, but it is a perfectly valid argument against your point about "losing" music.  But please also remember that even when you "buy" music, you don't really "own" it.  You were aware of that, right?

    And who knows, maybe Apple "invents" music subscriptions today.

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