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Is the iPod Touch Following Suit With the Zune HD?

Are media players dead. So many people own a phone and many of those phones are smartphones. All of those increasing smartphone sales hurt the portable media player (pmp) industry extremely bad. Come on in to find all of the details.

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Zune HD Sync Dock Review [Video]

Here is a review on the Microsoft Zune HD Sync Dock. There are two packages for the dock. The package in this review is the basic review. The basic package costs $49.99 and includes the dock with built in USB port for connection to PC or AC adapter. Instruction manual in Spanish and English. It also includes adapters for all Zune models. The extended package costs $89.99 includes the dock with built in USB port for connection to PC or AC adapter. Instruction manual in Spanish and English, It includes adapters for all Zune models. It includes a HDMI cable. And your standard composite video cable. In this review I show you how to set up your dock and Zune for use on a TV. Check out the Video inside for more information.

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Zune Marketplace makes a large jump…. to Europe

So Microsoft Zune just made a large leap. Literally, across the Atlantic. The Zune Marketplace is now available in some parts of Europe. This makes it should like the Windows Phone 7 will be coming soon behind.

This release says that all 11 million tracks in the US and 8 million tracks in UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany will be available. Yes those countries are in Europe!

And now for the Zune Pass. The US price is still $US15, but it will be 9.99 euros or 8.99 pounds.

There are some limitations;

  • The Zune Pass will only be in the U.S., U.K., France, Italy and Spain.
  • The Zune music purchase will only be available in the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Spain and Germany.
  • The Zune Video purchase will only be available in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
  • The Zune movie rental  will only be available in the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
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Zune HD Review

The first thing you, (and everyone) will notice is just how incredibly sexy the Zune HD is. The sleek casing and big, glossy touchscreen are one of a kind features of the Zune HD. The body is brushed metal with plastic edging. The screen is a 3.3 inch OLED display. Beneath the screen, is a sliver of a home button. The rear of this device has a slight curve on the sides. The bottom of the device includes the Zune adapter port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Opposite of that, at the top of the device, is a hidden power button. On the left hand side there is the media button. With this button you can bring up the media navigation menu. Here you get options for back/forward and volume adjustment.

Read the full review inside…

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Xbox Live Update Preview

For you lucky people to have participated in the Xbox Live Update Preview you got to experience Last.FM, Facebook, Twitter, and the new Zune service. My favorite so far is Facebook: With Facebook on the Xbox 360 you are able to Update your status right from the comfort of your own couch or chair or bed!  You can also view friends status updates, view photos in full screen on your television. You can also check to see which friends of yours are also using Facebook on the Xbox 360. Last.FM With Last.FM on the Xbox 360, you can listen to all of your favorite songs right from your Xbox 360. Last.FM streams over 3.5 millions songs right to your Xbox. With Last.FM you are able to check your friends playlists. Last.FM allows you to create your own custom radio station (Pandora?). After listening to a song you just vote either thumbs up or thumbs down. Last.FM will only be available to those Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Twitter Twitter comes to the Xbox 360, with Twitter on the 360 you can view all of your friends status updates right from the comfort of your television. You can also update your status and view all of the trending topics on Twitter. Zune All of your favorite movies in full 1080p High Definition come to the Xbox 360 with the Microsoft Zune service.  Gold Subscribers will be able to rent and stream movies from the Zune service, with a Netflix like feel. Zune is nice because it is the only service that offers the 1080p, Netflix only currently offers 480p in their streaming service  which I hope they will update soon. For all of you that are looking forward to this update, it will add a lot more functionality to the Xbox and again makes it worth the $50 a year for the Xbox Live... read more

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