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Cliczune Archives: August 2008


In the wild style images surface, include recently approved Zune 120...with a Zune 16

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Some recently surfaced in-the-wild style images, and by that we of course mean slightly blurry images have surfaced online showing off a few new models of the Zune. Of course that recently confirmed 120GB Zune is included, but that comes with little surprise considering that we have recently seen the FCC approval and gotten further confirmation from Cesar Menendez, but perhaps more important is that the images also included a new flash based Zune, which is 16GB.

A release date has still not been mentioned, but we can only hope that both models will become available soon, if nothing else in time for the holiday season. Based on the images it seems that (at least) the 120GB model will be getting a slight makeover with a new black backing. While these images seem authentic enough, we do have to remind you, that at this time they have not been officially confirmed.

Continue on to check out the rest of the new Zune images...

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Microsoft gets political, unveil special edition Republican and Democrat themed Zunes

Zunelogo_2 Microsoft has offered up some political themed Zunes for both the Republican and the Democratic National Conventions. Based on the images these appear to be only available in the 4GB model, and each feature a unique design on the back, as well as unique packaging.

The Zune for the Republican National Convention is red, while the model for the Democratic National Convention is an olive green. Both models feature packaging the reads;

"At Microsoft, we are committed to software and technology innovations that help people and organizations around the world improve their environment. Our goal is to reduce the impact of our operations and products, and to be a leader in environmental responsibility."

While I am personally a Zune user and a Zune fan, I do find it a little strange that they are handing out a product that the recipients may or may not even want and are stating how they want to "reduce the impact of our operations and products." We can only hope that if they are truly living up to that statement that these will be given to those that wanted one and not just tossed at everyone.

[Gizmodo]

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Cesar Menendez adds further confirmation of the upcoming Zune 120

120gb_zune_fcc Of course, we have already seen the FCC approval come in, which typically means that we will see a production model hit the market in the future, but still, its always nice to get some additional confirmation.

So after the FCC image made its way around the blogosphere, Cesar Menendez was kind enough to come forward with the following statement;

"You've probably all seen about 120GB @the FCC- and just wanted to send you a note to confirm that is indeed part of the plan. There's definitely more details coming in the way of new software and hardware, pricing etc."

Basically he has confirmed that there will be a 120GB model Zune, along with some new software coming in the future, however was are still unsure of any further details or pricing. We have heard of a rumored release in November 2008, but as of now it is nothing more than a rumor. Lets just hope the new Zune 120 will be priced competitively.

Any current Zune users looking to upgrade? Personally I have been more than happy with my Zune 80 and most likely will hold off.

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A photo tour inside the Zune Headquarters

Zunelogo_2 Its always fun to see inside the office spaces of the products that we love, and from the looks of these images the Zune Headquarters they have a pretty nice setup. Some cool murals, music styled paintings, fancy DJ equipment, and even what appears to be a break room with a big sofa and flat panel television. One thing it seems you cannot get away from though, are those awful cubicles, but with a break room that looks like that at least you can get away from the cube and relax every so often.

[people.md via Office Snapshots]

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120GB Zune hits the FCC, receives its approval

120gb_zune_fcc Its always fairly safe to assume that any portable media player will eventually be upgraded with a larger storage option. So now we know that Microsoft has been working on a larger capacity Zune, but the question still remains when they plan on releasing it.

While this latest FCC leak does not come with much surprise, it does come with a little disappointment. I suppose we cannot always expect a new or updated model to have a new look, but at the same time you cannot help but feel a little let down.

Anyway the latest Zune has received its FCC approval and it is sporting a 120GB hard drive, but the outer case is the same as the current Zune 80. It even has a standard firmware and was tested with version 2.5 (1614).

Again, this is just an FCC approval, Microsoft has not made any official announcement as to when we can expect to see this hit the market. Although the price still remains a mystery, it is being rumored to be coming in at $299, which would made sense when compared to its largest competitor, the iPod which has the 80GB model retailing for $249.

Aside from the possibility of some new exterior colors, this seems to be just a bump in storage, for me I can live with my 80GB model, but I am sure there are plenty of people itching for more storage that will be happy to see this.

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Get a 30% Discount on Zune Skins from SkinIt

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Are you tired of the color of your Zune? Do you want to express your personality and give your Zune a basic scratch protection?

Well, if this is your case, you might want to take advantage of the back-to-school 30% discount from SkinIt. Buy online at skinit.com/zune and use the code ZUNESUMMER at checkout. Simple as that.

SkinIt skins come in a vast selection of artwork. They have all sorts of skins,  including professional sports, colleges and college sports, fraternities and sororities, comics, entertainment, fashion, popular art, and more. These skins are made with 3M vinyl and won’t damage your Zune. You can also create your own design.

Nokia looking to integrate the Zune Marketplace?

Zunelogo_2 The news surrounding the Zune has certainly calmed down a bit, which leaves one to wonder just what goodies are going on behind the scenes just waiting to come out, however in the meantime we are now seeing some information that Nokia is looking to integrate the Zune Marketplace on some of their handsets.

The reports are still just in the rumor stage and come according to a "well-placed source within Microsoft" so we have to be careful not to get to excited, but it looks like we may see that fabled Zune phone after all.

Of course it would not truly be a Zune phone, in that it would not be a Microsoft, or even Zune branded product, but lets face it a great part of the Zune is the Marketplace and having that on a current phone, especially with some of the great Nokia models certainly sounds like a Zune phone to me.

The source was noted as saying that "Nokia is currently working with the Zune team on integration of Zune Marketplace," however was also quick to mention that although they were working on a deal with Nokia, the deal would not be exclusive to Nokia. Sadly as this is just based on a few statements, we still have no estimate of when we as the general public can expect to see anything.

Personally, I have been a big fan of the N95, but have resisted, however if I was able to use my Zune Marketplace account with it, that may make for a quick and easy purchase decision.

[ars technica]