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Old 05-27-2009, 03:10 PM   #1
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That's right folks, the Zune HD is real, and it's coming this Fall. Microsoft officially announced the next iteration in their Zune line today, making it less of a tripped out pipe dream, and more of a totally tubular reality. The specs, which look exactly like that leak we saw, go like this: 3.3-inch, 480 x 272 OLED capacitive touchscreen display, built-in HD Radio receiver, HD output (utilizing a new dock -- not on-board), and... not much more right now. Microsoft is doing away with the famed squircle in favor a full multitouch device, and they seemed to indicate that some new touch-friendly apps and games would be headed our way, though they were fairly mum when it came to details. The device will boast an IE-based, customized browser, but little else was said in the way of software.

Details are also scarce concerning storage capacities, CPU performance, and other crucial numbers, but it seems like they've got more in store come E3... and that's the next big piece of news. Zune integration is coming to the Xbox and Xbox Live, as the Zune marketplace will step in to replace the current Live video resources, expanding the library and offering all kinds of new perks, like Zune's first foray into international waters. According to the company, at E3 "attendees will see first-hand how Zune integrates into Xbox LIVE creating a game-changing entertainment experience" -- we're not entirely sure what the means right now, but it sounds sweet. Try to contain your excitement.
http://www.engadget.com/2009/05/26/z...-way-this-fall

I don't have a use for it but it looks pretty cool. Another site said it's running Windows CE at it's core which is also the core of Windows Mobile so I'm wondering how cross-platform Windows Mobile apps will be with this. And if they include the XNA Game dev stuff it could be extremely compelling for developers to write games for both this, Xbox 360, and PC with minimal code differentiation.
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NICE!!!
I was just thinking of an upgrade from my 30 gig.
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Old 05-27-2009, 03:42 PM   #3
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I was just thinking of an upgrade from my 30 gig.
The one thing somehow not mentioned is the storage space. I'm assuming it's flash based so it'll probably only be 32gb or something.
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Old 05-27-2009, 03:48 PM   #4
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The one thing somehow not mentioned is the storage space. I'm assuming it's flash based so it'll probably only be 32gb or something.
If it has everything they're saying, I'm ok with 30.

But I think it may be more than that.
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Niiiiice!

I have 2 Zunes, a Brownie 30gb (now my wife's) and a 3rd Gen 120 gb.

I dont need this unless its a phone too... then Im 100% down!
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Old 05-27-2009, 04:23 PM   #6
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No time or extra bank to move to a different platform. Never heard much good about the Zune. I understand most are biased to their current players but I have too much money invested in music and video for the Apple based stuff.
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Apple fanboys will say anything to get you on their side.

To tell you the truth, it's nothing more than personal preferance.
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No time or extra bank to move to a different platform. Never heard much good about the Zune. I understand most are biased to their current players but I have too much money invested in music and video for the Apple based stuff.
Hence why I cannot stand Apple and their stupid DRM. I would do what you can to ditch the DRM'd tracks and "upgrade" (yea I know you have to pay for it) to the non-DRM tracks. At least you will be able to do as you wish in the future instead of being locked into Apple's jail cell. Just get all your tracks to actual MP3 format and it will work in pretty much everything (Zune, Rio, iPhone, Blackberry, etc).

Most people that actually own a Zune really like them. It's those who don't that like to mock them.
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ugghh

Apple fanboys will say anything to get you on their side.

To tell you the truth, it's nothing more than personal preferance.
I'm one of those UCF is talking about, held hostage by iTunes. I love the iPhone so much because of the calendar air sync (like a server) that I can't bring myself to switch. Me and Bonnies appointment books have to sync over the air for clients and consultation and such.

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Hence why I cannot stand Apple and their stupid DRM. I would do what you can to ditch the DRM'd tracks and "upgrade" (yea I know you have to pay for it) to the non-DRM tracks. At least you will be able to do as you wish in the future instead of being locked into Apple's jail cell. Just get all your tracks to actual MP3 format and it will work in pretty much everything (Zune, Rio, iPhone, Blackberry, etc).

Most people that actually own a Zune really like them. It's those who don't that like to mock them.
So what your saying is that with the Microsoft stuff, you can buy the media and put it where you want?
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So what your saying is that with the Microsoft stuff, you can buy the media and put it where you want?
Not most of the videos (sadly) but music, yes. Most of the current iTunes songs are DRM free as well. BUT they are still sold in AAC format which very few devices support. As long as it's DRM-free, it's relatively trivial to convert from AAC to MP3. You can also buy songs from the Amazon store in MP3 format that will play on anything. Might want to shop around a bit... often times you can get stuff cheaper.

Here's a FAQ on how you can tell DRM-free tracks on iTunes.
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Cool. I was listening to Clark Howard and he was talking about this. I'll have to check it out. Of course I want whatever is the most seemless working with my Camaro.
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Cool. I was listening to Clark Howard and he was talking about this. I'll have to check it out. Of course I want whatever is the most seemless working with my Camaro.
I think as long as you hook your iPhone up to the car, it will play whatever your phone can play. But if you were to copy those files to a flash drive and stick it in the USB port, you'd get "EPIC FAIL" on the screen.

One thing cool about Zune and the Zune store is the Zune Pass subscription. Instead of paying per song, you pay a monthly fee ($15) and you can download and listen to whatever you want. The downside is that you have to keep paying for it in order for it to keep working. Once you stop paying, it all goes bye bye. And it won't work on other devices. BUT you also get to download 10 songs per month that are of the DRM-free kind that you can keep forever and will work on anything. So basically you're paying $5 a month for the subscription as long as you download your full 10songs each month. Obviously this is good if you like new music. Not so much if you've been listening to the same stuff for 30yrs.
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I think as long as you hook your iPhone up to the car, it will play whatever your phone can play. But if you were to copy those files to a flash drive and stick it in the USB port, you'd get "EPIC FAIL" on the screen.

One thing cool about Zune and the Zune store is the Zune Pass subscription. Instead of paying per song, you pay a monthly fee ($15) and you can download and listen to whatever you want. The downside is that you have to keep paying for it in order for it to keep working. Once you stop paying, it all goes bye bye. And it won't work on other devices. BUT you also get to download 10 songs per month that are of the DRM-free kind that you can keep forever and will work on anything. So basically you're paying $5 a month for the subscription as long as you download your full 10songs each month. Obviously this is good if you like new music. Not so much if you've been listening to the same stuff for 30yrs.
Honestly, I don't have much 'bought' music but a ton of 'bought' movies and vids. Most of my music is from previous times before iTunes made it's way onto my PC. I wouldn't lose much music at all. And no use for vid with the Camaro so it wouldn't be that painful to switch. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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It's been discussed but the best option for the Camaro in my opinion as well as many others (including the dude that worked on the USB/PDIM stuff for the car) is just a USB stick. As long as your music is MP3 or WMA you just copy the files to the flash drive, stick it in the glove box and forget about it. That way you don't have to worry about the battery or screen or any of that stuff getting screwed up by the heat of the car during summer. The USB drive shouldn't have a problem with the temps.
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It's been discussed but the best option for the Camaro in my opinion as well as many others (including the dude that worked on the USB/PDIM stuff for the car) is just a USB stick. As long as your music is MP3 or WMA you just copy the files to the flash drive, stick it in the glove box and forget about it. That way you don't have to worry about the battery or screen or any of that stuff getting screwed up by the heat of the car during summer. The USB drive shouldn't have a problem with the temps.
Which is a great reason to switch to Zune or something else. So you can buy music and put it on a stick. We still buy CDs lol

Rip em' and put them in our iTunes. It's been a while but I think you still can. My daughters FAVORITE band is Green Day. How that happened I do not know. She's 12.
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I had an ipod but switched to Zune. My zune reads all my AAC files which is good (none itunes bought).

Infact I was kinda upset buying the ipod because there was no good competition at the time (zune wasnt announced yet). Its all preferrence. I hate the ipod but might get an iphone... I'm not enjoying the motorola Qm9.
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DRM is gone from what I know. I use my Flash-memory based Sansa e280. I'm just looking for a 32 or 64GB micro SD card so I have some 40-72GB of music/video that won't EVER skip. =)

I'm glad Zune is going flash based as well.
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I had an ipod but switched to Zune. My zune reads all my AAC files which is good (none itunes bought).

Infact I was kinda upset buying the ipod because there was no good competition at the time (zune wasnt announced yet). Its all preferrence. I hate the ipod but might get an iphone... I'm not enjoying the motorola Qm9.
Forget the iPod part, the iPhone, PHONE and Calendar features are second to none.

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DRM is gone from what I know. I use my Flash-memory based Sansa e280. I'm just looking for a 32 or 64GB micro SD card so I have some 40-72GB of music/video that won't EVER skip. =)

I'm glad Zune is going flash based as well.
Ok, hell with it. What is DRM? I'm guessing Digatally Recorded Music but I don't know.
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Ok, hell with it. What is DRM? I'm guessing Digatally Recorded Music but I don't know.
Digital rights management (DRM) is a generic term that refers to access control technologies that can be used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders and individuals to try to impose limitations on the usage of digital content and devices.
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Digital rights management (DRM) is a generic term that refers to access control technologies that can be used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders and individuals to try to impose limitations on the usage of digital content and devices.


I was WAY off. Thanx though. Now I know.
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Man I wish I had a use for one of these things. If the price is right, I may just buy one for the helluvit. It looks sexy as hell. (yea, I just called an electronic device sexy and yea, I'm a nerd).

http://gizmodo.com/5272228/zune-hd-h...and-video-tour
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Totaly with you on the no real use for it right now but looks pretty cool. iPhone will do all of that except the radio. I like the way the screen landscapes really fast.
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Man I wish I had a use for one of these things. If the price is right, I may just buy one for the helluvit. It looks sexy as hell. (yea, I just called an electronic device sexy and yea, I'm a nerd).

http://gizmodo.com/5272228/zune-hd-h...and-video-tour
Don't worry, me too.

I'm really hoping for this for a christmas present.
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Don't worry, me too.

I'm really hoping for this for a christmas present.
Well, the closer the Southwest meeting is to Alabama, the better the chances of you getting one of these.

I have no shame.
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I tried doing a search but couldnt find anything about the new zune coming out soon. Is the Zune HD going to be able to index itself like the Ipods can? I tried searching google and had no idea what to type in exactly. Thanks in advance.


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