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Zune Music gets it’s death notice

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Sep 242012
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It looks like Microsoft is ready to pull the plug on Zune Music finally. The much maligned Microsoft music service which still has many fans and users will be transitionig to the more popular Xbox Music name and dropping some very popular features along the way.

The Zune brand was never really able to make a dent in the market even with the high level of customer satisfaction among the few of us who actually bought the music player from Microsoft. It seems like the choice to make a brown Zune in the very first edition was too much for them to overcome and the Zune was D.O.A. among most in the tech world.

The Zune Music Pass and Zune Software were the two most popular services but those were not enough to keep the brand alive forever and the decision has been made to transition to the Xbox brand which is far more popular and has global recognition. If you are still a big fan of the Zune service you can still have your music on the Xbox service with a few missing features.
Some Zune Music features ending as Zune moves to Xbox Music brand | Microsoft Pri0 | The Seattle Times

Some Zune Music features ending as Zune moves to Xbox Music brand | Microsoft Pri0 | The Seattle Times

Among the features being axed, according to Microsoft: Social experiences and music sharing: Users will no longer be able to send and receive messages, invite friends, and share songs, playlists and albums they’re currently listening to. Mixview playback and channel playlists. The app catalog for the Zune player. Channel playlists — they will not refresh with updated content Availability of music videos for purchase or streaming as part of the Zune Music Pass from Zune PC software. Availability of previously purchased music videos for re-downloading or re-licensing (though videos downloaded before Friday will still be playable and transferrable to other devices).

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Microsoft Files For New Zune-Docking Headphones Patent

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Jul 102012
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Technology giant Microsoft has filed a patent for headphones with docking stations built-in, opening up the way for users to carry the Zune players and speakers with them at all times.

A figure showing the Microsoft headset (image: USPTO)

According to the patent filed with the US Patent Office, the headphones will have the ability to dock rechargeable battery packs, storage, Bluetooth or WiFi reception modules and media players, as well have buttons to control the volume.

“The accessories can range from a personal media player that can render audio, such as MP3 (Moving Pictures Expert Group, MPEG-1, audio layer 3) content, to rechargeable battery packs, storage devices, and modules that can support wireless communication between the headphones and other devices such as media centers, game consoles, and personal computers (“PCs”). A user can pick an accessory and snap it into the receiving space of the headphones. When so installed, the accessory becomes physically and functionally embedded so that its functionality becomes seamlessly integrated with operation of the headphones,” an extract from the filing said. Read more here

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Is Microsoft ready to release Windows Tablet or Xbox Tablet?

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Jun 152012
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So which do you think it will be? Will Microsoft be releasing a Windows Tablet or an Xbox Tablet sometime soon? Well according to rumours we may actually be getting them both. Microsoft may be in the process of developing an Xbox Tablet to be similar in use as the Wii U which is the Nintendo tablet style game controller. Microsoft may also be about to release a Windows 8 tablet with features to rival the iPod.

Steve Baller the Ipad Killer

Does that sound familiar? Is Microsoft really going to put out an “iPad killer”? It’s doubtful that Microsoft would want to take on Apple in the consumer electronics markets again after the Billions they lost on Zune but maybe they feel they have a better chance with Windows 8 and the Zune inspired Metro Design than they did with the Zune inspired design of Zune players.

Whatever they do release the rumors are flying all over the webs that Microsoft is going to be announcing a new Windows tablet as soon as Monday afternoon. Of course we all know about Microsoft rumors and even Microsoft FUD but these rumors of a tablet project are prettu consistent and we cannot forget that Microsoft was already about to reaese a tablet before the iPad with their Courier project.

Is the new Microsoft Tablet the final version of the Microsoft Courier or just another me too product from Microsoft in their attempt to keep up with Apple? Is it the long awaited portable Xbox game player? Is it both?

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Zune Software for Mac is Coming Zune

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Oct 142010
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After 3 long years it seems Microsoft has finally announced that they will be offering Zune software for Mac computers. The new logic most likely being why limit Windows 7 phone users to the worlds most popular operating system which should have been the exact same logic used to make Zune players work on Macintosh computers way back in November 2006 when the first Zune player was released.

Creating a hole in Macintosh computers that allowed the Microsoft media players operate on the competitors OS makes sense for most media device manufacturers but this seemed to escape the great minds at the worlds largest software maker. I think Zune adoption would have been greater if the Zune software had been released on Mac computers and even Linux based systems but it wasn’t and in the end Zune struggles to find a market. Any Mac owners ready to drop their iPhone or iPod?

Microsoft Annouces Zune App For Mac And Enhanced Facebook Partnership
In the report, Oppenheimer writes “On Wednesday, ZDNet reported that MSFT plans on releasing a Zune client application for Mac (NASDAQ: AAPL) computers. Not unlike Apple’s iTunes product, the Zune client app will be used to sync Windows Phone 7 devices with PCs, and with this future release, Macs as well. ZDNet indicated that the news was first discovered by a post on Twitter from a MSFT employee, which was subsequently removed from the website. However, when contacted by ZDNet about the post, MSFT confirmed the software would become available for Macs, stating “Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that allows Windows Phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers.”"

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Microsoft opens Zune Pass to Great Britain

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Aug 032010
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Microsoft opens Zune Pass to Great Britain for those few Zune users who smuggled a Zune player into the country where you cannot actually buy them officially. Zune players are limited to US and Canada and now Brits can use the Zune software to play Zune music. Well sorta. You gotta make some changes to your system to trick the software into thinking you are in the US. And you cannot stream musci probably because of music rights issues still but you can pay for those services now with your british credit card and Microsoft Points I suppose.

Microsoft allows brits to access zune pass – The Inquirer

STILL ASPIRING MUSIC MOGOL Microsoft is bringing its all you can eat music service, Zune Pass, to the UK.

The service, which is a rival to Apple’s Itunes and Amazon’s MP3 store, has until now been limited, like its Zune music player, to the US. Now users here in Blighty are able to sign up for the service, which promises “unlimited access to music” for a fixed monthly fee.

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Jailbreaking your iPhone is now legal

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Jul 272010
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Jailbreaking your iPhone is now legal despite all the efforts of Apple to criminilize customization of your smartphone. Although they have not actually attacked a consimer for jailbreaking their iPhone they have put up quite a bit of money to stage the legal battle they just lost. Apple has insisted they could use the DMCA to issue a warning to any jailbreak user but the US government stepped in and said if youi buy the iPhone you own the iPhone and you can hack it.

Have you hacked your iphOne or Zune player?

U.S. Government Says Jailbreaking iPhone Is Legal – ABC News

Federal regulators lifted a cloud of uncertainty when they announced it was lawful to hack or “jailbreak” an iPhone, declaring Monday there was “no basis for copyright law to assist Apple in protecting its restrictive business model.”
PHOTO Federal regulators lifted a cloud of uncertainty when they announced it was lawful to hack an iPhone.
The iPhone 4 is shown in this file photo. Federal regulators lifted a cloud of uncertainty when they announced it was lawful to hack an iPhone.

Jailbreaking is hacking the phone’s OS to allow consumers to run any app on the phone they choose, including applications not authorized by Apple.

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XNA Zune Hack with OpenZDK

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Apr 232010
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Have you hacked you Zune yet? No doubt those of us on the original 30GB devices would like to hack our Zune just so we can do all the cool new things on an mp3 player we bought almost 3 years ago now. I mean it’s taken a long time to get the zune hacked but if this hack keeps and homebrew apps stay on Zune then this could increase the value of so many used Zune players on the market. A Zune 30 can be had for as low as $40 on eBay and local classifieds and buying a used Zune 120 just to hack it would be a fair deal at anything under $100.

Only time will tell what kind of apps show up in the Zune app store but let’s hope we start with some cool web tools like a web browser and maybe even a cool p2p program for mobile file sharing. Have you hacked your Zune today? Are you a Zune hacker? Send us details on how the OpenZDK install and app installation process went for you.

Zune, Zune HD hacked, XNA limitations removed – AfterDawn

The ZuneBoards Development Front, which consists of “itsnotabigtruck”, “Netrix” and “Nurta,” says that all Zune models, past and present are now hacked and will “for the first time, run applications directly on top of the Zune firmware,” giving users and developers full access to the firmware and hardware, without limitations.

Dubbed OpenZDK, the hackers behind it say there have been very few apps written so far, but admittedly OpenZDK is newly released.

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Zune Hacks : Homebrew Apps Store for Zune HD

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Apr 162010
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It has finally happened. Hackers have taken interest in hacking Zune HD media players from Microsoft and I could not be happier. I might even jump on over to Amazon and buy a new Zune HD just so I can hack it. It is so sad that Microsoft has not built a robust app store for the original Zune players but at least now we can hack the Zune HD and maybe soon they will have all the cool apps we zune lovers have been waiting for.

Zune HD hackers launch development kit, homebrew apps about to get awesome

The Zune HD is an interesting device. On the one hand it’s got a slick user interface, a speedy processor, and a high quality OLED display, which make it a rather attractive alternative to the iPod touch. On the other hand, there are virtually no third party apps for the Zune HD, which means that you end up spending about as much money for a Zune HD as you do for an iPod touch — but one is just a media player that can handle a few games while the other is a handheld tool that can play music and movies and run thousands of third party games and other apps.

In fact, the lack of third party apps was my number one complaint when I reviewed the Zune HD last year. But it looks like things could soon change — and it’s not Microsoft’s doing. A group of hackers have released a developer kit called OpenZDK that allows third party developers to write native apps for the Zune HD.

Up until now, third party developers could use Microsoft’s XNA Game Studio to write apps, but it didn’t provide full access to all of the Zune HD’s features. The device has an NVIDIA Tegra processor with OpenGL ES 2.0 support and custom shaders. OpenZDK lets developers write apps that will use all of those features.

In plain English, that means that apps built with XNA couldn’t do 3D. Games built using the new OpenZDK tool can feature 3D graphics.

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