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November 18, 2007

Welcome (back) to the Social…

Filed under: Uncategorized — stefangeorgescu @ 10:49 am

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Both the new Zune media software, and device firmware have been released today and I have to be honest, I’m really impressed.  I’m impressed for a few reasons actually.  Firstly, that we’ve improved the interface of the Zune media software sitting on your PC by a huge amount.  It’s almost like your music is now contained in a cool Silverlight bubble, that makes navigating between your device, your library, and the online marketplace, a real pleasure.

That’s my Zune, above, by the way.  Now I haven’t got a different one to compare to, but I’m hoping that if I connected a pink one, it would be reflected in the image instead of the black one (which is actually my Zune).  It’s the little personal touches that can make all the differences – let me know if that is the case – I’m sure it will be, seeing as it’s identified mine as an old version, rather than the even swankier new version!

It’s just such a shame that the device isn’t here in the RO yet.  I think mine’s great – sure it’s a little big, but it feels solid, the screen quality is superb, video being a particular highlight, battery life is ok, but the new interface is slick, and intuitive, even using the old device rather than the new.

What can you expect from the new Zune firmware?  Well, in the least part, it’s a breath of fresh air into my new device – there aren’t many manufacturers of portable media devices that will allow you to update your firmware to have the latest cool technology – usually you need a whole new device.

If you head over to http://www.zune.net/en-US/ you’ll find all the information you need, including links to download the new PC software (which you can just update from your current Zune software should you have it installed), you’ll find links to the TV adverts, the Zune social and the Zune Marketplace, but best of all, you’ll also have access to the devices themselves, and Zune Originals – where you can really tailor your new Zune with a collection of cool engraved artwork.

As soon as you connect your device to the new PC software, you’ll be prompted to update your firmware – easy as that!

Zune is really going places, and it’s looking very cool – just release it in the RO!!!

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