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Microsoft Connects the Dots with Zune HD, Zune Marketplace, and Xbox

This week Microsoft took the wraps off the next Zune, dubbed Zune HD . It seems to be your basic next-generation touch screen only media player with the common additions of WiFi and an web browser (IE based). There are some other interesting parts such...

Microsoft Announces the Expansion of the Zune Entertainment Service to New Platform and Markets; Confirms New Zune HD Portable Media Player

Premium Zune digital entertainment service to be available internationally on Xbox LIVE. REDMOND, Wash. — May 26, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the evolution of Zune, the company’s end-to-end music and entertainment service...

Windows Mobile Gets Netflix Queue Updating Software

Developing... "This month, Microsoft and Netflix, the world’s largest online movie rental service, will offer software that enables Windows Mobile customers to update and view their Netflix movie queue. Changes will appear instantly on Netflix...

Microsoft Announces New Zune Pass Music Subscription Model

Consumers can now keep the tracks they love. REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 19, 2008 — Zune, Microsoft Corp.’s digital music and entertainment service, today announced landmark agreements with major and independent music labels to bring significant...

Short Bits: Zune Mobile, Home Servers, TV Pack, More

Remember when I said you would hear more about Zune on mobile phones before the years end ? Well, now you have . “Zune software will also be ported to and be more important not just with the hardware but on the PC, on Windows Mobile devices, etc...

Short Bits: Zune WTV Sync, WTV Documentation

Media Center users that own Zune’s can see several places where Microsoft forgot to think things through. Those with the TV Pack installed have a few more, including the fact that Zune 2.0 software can’t do anything with WTV files. That has...

Zune Brings Powerful New Entertainment Features to Every Zune Portable Media Player With Software Release

Internet access provider Wayport enables wireless music downloads for Zune customers in Wi-Fi hot spots at more than 9,800 McDonald’s restaurants. REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 16, 2008 — Zune, Microsoft Corp.’s end-to-end music and entertainment...
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Zune Takes Music Discovery to the Next Level With New Ways to Find and Access Digital Music

Software update will enable Zune users to tag songs and buy music directly from FM radio and download and stream music on the go beginning Sept. 16. REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 8, 2008 — Zune, Microsoft Corp.’s end-to-end music and entertainment...

Bach Says No to Blu-ray in Xbox 720, First Party ZunePhone

We don’t even have to wait until tomorrow to find out that the Xbox 360 isn’t getting Blu-ray . Why? Because Robbie Bach was asked if Microsoft had plans for Blu-ray to appear in the next generation Xbox (Via Engadget ) and answered “No. There is nothing...

Short Bits: Digital Copy, tru2way, Big Media

Remember just last month when I said “I’d like to see companies embrace the fact that DVD is still the mainstream format?” Based on a story in CED from this past week studios are starting to realize that’s the key, with one Warner exec saying “…. 64 percent...

Short Bits: Zune Mobile

This post is short for a reason, I don't have any real details. This is just speculation on my part. Still, expect more information about a Zune integrated with a phone later this year. Some might call it a ZunePhone, but whatever you call it I believe...
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In-Depth Zune Review

I’ve been fairly critical of Microsoft’s Zune since it was released, so I decided that I should get a Zune and give it a try . Over the past two weeks I’ve been playing with it giving my plenty of time to sum up all of the features. User Interface (UI...

Sideshow Comes Back Into the Spotlight

Windows Sideshow is back in the spotlight today at CE Pro with the news that Sideshow remotes and devices will officially support control of Media Center Extenders. I’ve briefly talked about that before , but it’s good to hear it again. Sadly, the most...

Red Zune 80GB and New Collection of Artwork Debut on Zune Originals

Customizable gift options and themed playlists from Zune Marketplace help consumers share the love this Valentine’s Day. REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 15, 2008 — Responding to consumer excitement for the Zune 80GB, Microsoft Corp. is making the popular wireless...
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Short Bits: Extender Ads, Broswers, Netflix, More

Microsoft has launched their v2 Extender ad campaign on several websites include The New York Times, Gizmodo (I think CNET and so others are in there too). Assuming you don’t block ads in your web browser, check them out. Not too much Media Center related...

CES Keynote Roundup

Media Center was basically a no show, not too much of a shock for me. The only real Media Center is that Samsung will be supporting Extender’s in the future. Other than that, Microsoft re-announced that HP will be shipping their MediaSmart HDTVs with...

Bill Gates Looks Ahead at “Next Digital Decade”

Microsoft announces new entertainment partnerships with Disney-ABC Television Group, MGM and NBC Universal. LAS VEGAS — Jan. 6, 2008 — At the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and Microsoft President...

Short Bits: Zune Tool, Media Center Show, Blockbuster

Not sure if it would be helpful to users, but Microsoft just released a Zune Device Diagnostic Tool . According to Microsoft, the Zune Device Diagnostic Tool compiles data to help Product Support Services diagnose Zune USB and wireless sync connection...

Short Bits: Get a Mac, Zune, Russound, Omaura

Missing Remote has some good posts, Top Ten Things You Can Do With A Media Center PC and a preview of the case giveaway from Omaura . Very nice. Ian Dixon also has some good stuff, Video Show - Zune and Media Center Recorded TV and Russound on the Media...
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