Microsoft Unveils Details of First Products Under Zune Brand

Available this holiday season in the United States, Zune includes a 30GB digital media player, the Zune Marketplace music service and a foundation for an online community that will enable music fans to discover new music. The Zune device features wireless technology, a built-in FM tuner and a bright, 3-inch screen that allows users to not only show off music, pictures and video, but also to customize the experience with personal pictures or themes to truly make the device their own. Zune comes in three colors: black, brown and white.

Every Zune device creates an opportunity for connection. Wireless Zune-to-Zune sharing lets consumers spontaneously share full-length sample tracks of select songs, homemade recordings, playlists or pictures with friends between Zune devices. Listen to the full track of any song you receive up to three times over three days. If you like a song you hear and want to buy it, you can flag it right on your device and easily purchase it from the Zune Marketplace.

Zune makes it easy to find music you love — whether it's songs in your existing library or new music from the Zune Marketplace. Easily import your existing music, pictures and videos in many popular formats and browse millions of songs on Zune Marketplace, where you can choose to purchase tracks individually or to buy a Zune Pass subscription to download as many songs as you want for a flat fee.

To get started with great music and videos out of the box, every Zune device is preloaded with content from record labels such as DTS, EMI Music's Astralwerks Records and Virgin Records, Ninja Tune, Playlouderecordings, Quango Music Group, Sub Pop Records, and V2/Artemis Records.

To enhance the Zune experience, three accessory packs help Zune users enjoy their music where they want to, at home or on the road. The packs and the individual accessories, all designed exclusively for Zune, will be available at launch:

· The Zune Car Pack includes everything needed to hit the road with a Zune device, such as the built-in FM tuner with AutoSeek and the Zune Car Charger.

· The Zune Home A/V Pack enhances your experience in the home through five products that integrate Zune with the TV and music speakers: Zune AV Output Cable, Zune Dock, Zune Sync Cable, Zune AC Adapter and the Zune Wireless Remote for Zune Dock.

· Zune Travel Pack is a set of five products designed to keep friends and family entertained on the road: Zune Premium Earphones, Zune Dual Connect Remote, Zune Gear Bag, Zune Sync Cable and the Zune AC Adapter.

Providing consumers with additional options to customize and personalize their Zune experience, Microsoft is also working with leading accessory manufacturers Altec Lansing, Belkin Corp., Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO), Dual Electronics, Griffin Technology, Harman Kardon and JBL, Integrated Mobile Electronics, Jamo International, Klipsch Audio Technologies, Logitech, Monster Cable Products Inc., Speck, Targus Group International Inc. and VAF Research

In addition to the features available at launch, built-in wireless technology and powerful software provide a strong foundation to continue to build new shared experiences around music and video. As Zune evolves, the device can be easily updated. The Zune software on your PC will let you know when these updates are available for download.

Zune is Microsoft's music and entertainment platform that provides an end-to-end solution for Connected Entertainment. The Zune experience includes a 30GB digital media player, the Zune Marketplace music service, and a foundation for an online community that will enable music fans to discover new music. Inspired by the vast and varied community of music fans, Zune focuses on helping emerging artists shape the digital canvas. Zune is part of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division and supports the company's software-based services vision to help drive innovation in the digital entertainment space. More information can be found online at

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That is such a LOUSY design, sorry. Looks hideous! I just dont know what Mirosoft seems to be doing, it's like they're calling their own collapse. Their designing on every single thing seems to be really lousy, not only with their software, but now their hardware too! For instance, the Visa UI (all the mixed up standards and flipflopping in interface design, as Chris Pirilo vented, is really ridiculous), most of the intefaces for the "Live" services(such as Messenger, Hotmail, etc), their stupid packaging designs (remember that MS made mockup video of an iPod packaging?) and now the Zune.

With a competitior like Apple, who definitely is a great designer of everything including hardware and software, MS better do something real quick, for their own good.

Quote - MrCobra said @ #9.1
I bet if Apple had designed this you'd be drooling all over it.
I dont like the iPod Nano 2G as much (even the new packaging). I liked Microsoft's earlier versions of IntelliMouse Explorer. So I'm not quite sure what your point is.

After seeing some of the interface videos of the Zune on youtube, I had a slight sigh of relief. The UI doesn't seem too bad at all. And MS does seem to have a good history of decent UI for mobile devices, ie. Windows Mobile 5..but then again, they dont have much of a competition in that area, and I'm sure, inside, Microsoft is happy as long as Apple doesn't step in.

Quote - rIaHc3 said @ #9.5
....Toxicfume to be honest I take your opinion, put it on toilet paper and wipe my ass with it.

I personally think it looks great and compact. The iPod is also great looking. Both are great looking devices but since its a Microsoft product I guess we should all jump on the hate-Microsoft bandwagon.

Yes I'm hating it because it's Microsoft Are you reading impaired? Go back and read my second comment and then come back saying I'm hating it becuase it's MS.

Funny, this player looks exactly like the end result of that toilet paper.