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ZuneHD Video on Engadget

The ZuneHD is seen in this video.  Note how the touchscreen makes the squircle look clumsy.  The processor looks responsive, and quite fluid as they navigate around.  The OLED screen also appears quite slick, although the quality of the video is not spectacular so we'll have to reserve final judgement on that for now.  If Microsoft can price this right, they could finally have the iTouch fighter to take the Zune platform to the next level.  Ok, without further delay, let's roll the video....


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Big Brother Is Watching

The iPod folks seem to want to beat up on the Zune these days.  Ok, make that all the time.  Recently, there has been an online debate on whether the Zune is good enough to steal- or not.

This online debate conversation has spawned yet another viral video.  How about a more carefully done study?  While the first pilot studies were the case reports, this most recent effort is the equivalent of a multicenter randomized trial.  What they did was to put both an iPod and Zune within easy pilfering reach.  Oh, and there was a webcam to capture it all in flash video glory.  While folks did prefer the iPod over the Zune, there were a handful that went for the Microsoft player.  Oh, and at least it's a good sign that the Zune is clearly the competitor to the class leader...


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Cinemash

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Microsoft is looking to increase the amount of content available for the Zune.  Not willing to just wait for home podcasters to get the job done, they hired some professional help on board to make it happen.

The pros involved are from MEAN magazine.  The series involves top actors reprising roles from classic films that they always wanted to play.  This whole short video comedy series will be called "Cinemash."  This content can be downloaded for free from the Zune Marketplace, with plans to have it available for the Xbox, and also on MSN, after the Zune gets a window of exclusivity.  The good part is that it will be free, and ad supported.

It sounds like a pretty good idea as there is a lot of amateur content out there, and the pros should be able to do it better.  Good thing my Zune 80 has such a nice screen for video!  Word is that this should start this spring.



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PBS On the Zune

Pbs Lately I seem to be adding more podcasts to my Zune.  There is at least some quality, and lots more of not so quality, entertainment out there, and much of is free for the taking.  Seems like everyone is adding their content this way.  Well, we can add PBS to the list as they add content to the Zune Marketplace.  Quality entertainment including "Ken Burns Jazz," "America" and "American Lives," "NOVA," "Wired Science," "Scientific American Frontiers" and "Carrier." 

I'm concluding two things from this: waiting at the dentist will never be so boring again being forced to read last month's Time and US News & World Report.  The other is that I might have to break down and toss them a few bucks for this year's PBS fund drive to encourage this type of thing.


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ZuneTV launches; take your web videos to go

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ZuneTV has launched, now Zune users can take some of their favorite web videos with them on-the-go. The project is the works not of Microsoft, but instead created by a team from the Zune Boards, and will allow Zune users to take web videos with them in a Zune-friendly format.

Coming off like a YouTube clone that was built specifically for Zune users, it seems the only limitation will be the amount of videos that are available, which as of this posting there are 291 public videos that have been uploaded and a total of 738 members.

Given that the Zune has sold a respectable 2 million units, its hard to imagine that all of those users would feel the need to use ZuneTV and the content may be lacking. However placing that aside, ZuneTV offers users a place to "Watch," "Share" and "Download" videos. Which means users can simply watch videos or choose to upload and share their own work, and in addition the videos are also able to be downloaded as a WMV Zune-friendly format.

This seems like a great option for Zune users who are always on the go, and one that will ultimately be dependent on the users for success or failure. In order to get set up, you will need, (assuming you don't already have one) a ZuneBoards account.

You can check it out at ZuneTV.net.

[Mashable]


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Latest Zune Arts Video: Piece of me, Piece of you

Check out this new video posted on Zune-Arts called "Piece of me, Piece of you". This is the latest movie created by ThreeLeggedLegs and it features Chromeo, a Montreal based band. Yeah!

via Zuneinsider


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A Red Zune Unboxing

Gotten your red Zune yet? If not, you can at least watch someone else enjoying unboxing it.

[via Got Zune?]


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Fan Does His Own Zune Commercials

How much do you love your Zune? Enough to go amateur hour and make your own Zune commercial ala the ones you see on TV? That's what one Zune lover has done over at YouTube - in fact he has several of them besides the one posted above. Not quite sure about the quality, but what the hell.


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Zune 80 Reviewed by The Digital Lounge

Trolling the Web for ClicZune content brought me to this video review from a tech site called The Digital Lounge. The author is reviewing at length the Zune 80GB. As far as video reviews go, it is one of the more comprehensive ones I have so far seen.


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Gear Live Sums Up the 2007 Zunes

Need a good overview of the 2007 Zune holiday line up? The guys over at Gear Live (who I used to write for) have a great video summary showcasing the Zunes side by side while detailing the features which make these players such solid iPod competitors.


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