Wireless Purchases and "Buy From FM" Coming to the Zune

Microsoft has announced that, beginning with a software update next week (beginning September 16th), all Microsoft Zune portable media players will be given a software update that make it easier to discover and purchase music while on the go.

To make all purchases on the go possible, Microsoft will be giving users access to the Zune Marketplace directly on their Zune devices using an available Wi-Fi connection. To help shoppers find what they are looking for, they will be able to browse lists of top songs and new releases or use the on screen keyboard to find the music they are looking for. Once a track is selected, it can be downloaded or streamed directly to the Zune device.

To further the ability of Zune users to discover new music, the firmware update will also allow listeners to "Buy from FM". This feature utilizes the built in FM tuner and the Radio Data Systems and RT+ feeds already available inside of FM signals to identify a song being played on the radio. Users can tag these songs and then download or stream them directly to their Zune device. If no wireless signal is available, at the time, the tracks will be added to a queue and will be downloaded once the device is connected to a computer or an available Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Uh wait a minute guys. "Buy from FM"? This is like being forced to pay to record FM radio on a tape! It's a trap!

(dandin1 said @ #8)
Uh wait a minute guys. "Buy from FM"? This is like being forced to pay to record FM radio on a tape! It's a trap!

No, you hit a button when you're listening to a song on the radio and get sent to the store page to buy the track/album.

Plus, if you have a Zune pass (which was already worth the $15/month admission) you won't have to pay anything for the majority of music on the radio. It'll be nice to be listening to the radio and add a song I like right then, rather than hoping I'll remember the song later. Using the Zune marketplace over Wifi will be great too - finally I'll be able to get new stuff while I'm at work (where I can't install the Zune software). Although I was hoping for more complete integration for games (they should be downloadable from Zune marketplace without needing VS and XNA installed), I'm sure that will come before long.

And for the people that think this update doesn't mean much because the iPod Touch also allows access to the iTunes store over wifi, please remember that this will work on any Zune, from the Zune 4GB all the way through the 120GB so you don't have to buy the top-of-the-line Zune to take advantage of it. So yes, it is a big deal.

My $130 Zune 30 just gets better and better! I'm sooooo glad I didn't waste my money on a iPod...

(Ely said @ #7)
That's a nice sweet addition, I love my Zune!

Me to, I have both a 8, 30 and 80 and I think it is great that even the older model gets all the new features of the newer versions.

(MightyJordan said @ #4)
Nice features, but could they please ditch the Love/Hate rating?

It should be Love/Hate/Meh.

My Zune 30 just keeps getting new features by the month! I applaud Microsoft for not forcing people to buy a new player just to get simple software updates.