Posted on 29-Sep-2006 10:07
Filed under: News
Microsoft Corp. has announced the Zune digital media player and online service will be available to consumers in the U.S. on 14 November 2006. The Zune device will retail for US$249.99.
The company says this new handheld digital media player will create new ways for entertainment fans to connect and share media experiences device-to-device through the use of wireless technology and new software scenarios.
For US$249.99, consumers will get the 30GB digital media player, equipped with wireless functionality for Zune-to-Zune sharing of music, pictures and home recordings. The device comes with a three-inch LCD video screen that works in portrait or landscape mode to view pictures and videos and a built-in FM tuner. The device will be available in three colors: black, brown and white.
A selection of preloaded content including songs, music videos and film shorts are installed on the device’s hard drive to help consumers start using it as soon as it is unpacked.
The Zune Marketplace is an on-line location where the device's dynamic music service will be continually updated with new content and experiences. The Zune Marketplace lets users browse and purchase songs individually. A Zune Pass subscription gives consumers access to millions of songs for US$14.99 per month.
Users will be able to purchase songs individually using Microsoft Points for 79 points per track. Similar to a pre-paid phone card, Microsoft Points is a stored value system that can be redeemed at a growing number of online stores, including the Xbox Live Marketplace.
Zune preloaded content includes the following:
• Band of Horses, “Wicked Gil” (Sub Pop Records)
• Bitter:Sweet, “The Mating Game” (Quango Music Group)
• CSS, “Alala (Microsoft edit)” (Sub Pop Records)
• Darkel, “At The End of The Sky (edit)” (Astralwerks)
• Every Move a Picture, “Signs of Life” (V2)
• Small Sins, “Stay” (Astralwerks)
• The Adored, “Tell Me Tell Me” (V2)
• The Rakes, “Open Book” (V2)
• The Thermals, “A Pillar of Salt” (Sub Pop Records)
• 30 Seconds to Mars, “The Kill” (Virgin Records)
• BT, “1.618” (DTS Entertainment)
• Chad VanGaalen, “Red Hot Drops” (Sub Pop Records)
• Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva, “True Skool” (Ninja Tune)
• CSS, “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above” (Sub Pop Records)
• Fruit Bats, “Live: The Wind That Blew My Heart Away” (Sub Pop Records)
• Grandaddy, “Elevate Myself” (V2)
• Hot Chip, “Over and Over” (Astralwerks Records)
• Kraak & Smaak featuring Dez., “Keep Me Home” (Quango Music Group)
• Kinski, “Live: The Snowy Parts of Scandinavia” (Sub Pop Records)
• Paul Oakenfold, “Faster Kill Pussycat (Featuring Brittany Murphy)” (Maverick Records)
• Serena-Maneesh, “Drain Cosmetics” (Playlouderecordings)
• 5 Boro: “A New York Skateboarding Minute” (Skateboarding)
• Radical Films: “Kranked — Progression” (Mountain Biking)
• TGRTV The North Face (Skiing/Snowboarding)
• A variety of images to personalize a Zune device, including 12 classic rock posters from “Art of Modern Rock”
A series of Zune accessories will be available at launch, including the Zune Home A/V Pack, Zune Travel Pack and the Zune Car Pack.
Consumers will find other accessories sold individually, such as Zune AV Output Cable. Zune AC Adapter, Zune Sync Cable, Zune Car Charger, Zune Dock, Zune Wireless Remote for Zune Dock, Zune Dual Connect Remote, Zune FM tuner With AutoSeek, Zune Gear Bag and Zune Premium Earphones.