Are You Ready To Zune?

Well, I’m not, in fairness. I’ve only recently splashed out over 400 euro for a 60GB iPod video and then Stevie (Jobs) Wonder goes and announces a massive price cut, when initial price cuts still haven’t hit European shores.

Anyway, gripe with Apple’s pricing policy aside, there’s going to be massive coverage on the web tonight and tomorrow about Zune as it goes to launch, with initial details now available in the Zune Virtual Pressroom.

Marking the next big milestone for its Connected Entertainment vision, Microsoft Corp. today unveiled details of the first products to be released under its Zune™ brand. Designed around the principles of sharing, discovery and community, Zune will create new ways for consumers to connect and share entertainment experiences. The Zune experience centers around connection — connection to your library, connection to friends, connection to community and connection to other devices.

“The digital music entertainment revolution is just beginning,” said J Allard, vice president, design and development, at Microsoft, who is leading the charge for building the family of Zune products. “With Zune, we are not simply delivering a portable device, we are introducing a new platform that helps bring artists closer to their audiences and helps people find new music and develop new social connections.”

Go knock yourself out with all the details on Microsoft’s Zune here.


  1. Pavlos September 15, 2006 at 5:01 am

    Everyone’s blogging about Zune, I wonder who’s going to buy it!

    I do like the bigger screen and wi-fi, but I’m not going to camp outside any electronics store. Let’s just see how well it holds up first. And there’s too little information available anyhow!

    And why are the Americans getting their iPods that much cheaper?! A 30GB iPod Video is selling 320 euro retail here! And has that at $249.99 (euro 196.51)… what ‘s the deal?! *alarmed*

  2. Ken McGuire September 15, 2006 at 9:00 am

    Yeah the price thing really annoyed me when I went to get my own iPod, and now they’re coming down again! Pricewise, things seem to take AGES to catch up around here!

  3. Evert Bopp September 15, 2006 at 2:02 pm

    What I really do not get is this obsession with video-players with tiny screens…
    Watch video on an iPod? why?
    I still consider the PSP as a great step in the right direction for a portable device.
    Great screen (size & quality), WiFi, gaming capability etc.
    All that the PSP needs is a decent mail client, PIM and the option to view documents…


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