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May 2, 2008

Review: ZuneOne silicone case for Zune 80GB

by Harvey Chute

Today we serve up a photo review of ZuneOne's new Zune 80 silicone case. It's available in black, clear, pink, and blue - and comes with every carrying option known to man.

See more pics and our full review.

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April 30, 2008

Mystery Zune: knock-off or a factory reject?

by Harvey Chute

We now have photographs of the mystery Zune that turned up in Germany this week.

The Zune 8GB, purchased from an eBay seller, arrived in a non-standard box, and the Zune itself has some anomalies.

Its color is slightly different than the standard lipstick-red color. The laser etching on the back is stamped lower than on standard Zunes.

The box looks like a poor attempt at passing a Zune knock-off as the real thing. But from looking closer at the pictures, I'm guessing that this Zune originated as a factory defect - that somehow found its way outside the factory walls.

What do you think? You can see more photos here.

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April 30, 2008

First Zune clock radio to debut in June

by Harvey Chute

iHome will soon be releasing a Zune clock radio and audio system - the first such accessory for Zune.

The ZN9 features gradual wake and gradual sleep options, so you can use your Zune player to gently waken you in the morning or to play for a preset time in the night. Different alarms can be set for weekday and weekend days.

It'll be available in June 2008, for $99.99 with free shipping. You can see more, and pre-order, at this specs page.

P.S. Congratulions to kilroy79, who won a Speck Active Sport case in our most recent members-only giveaway.

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April 29, 2008

Zune on the road: Montréal

by Harvey Chute

On the road again this week, in Quebec with my oldest daughter. Back when I followed hockey closely, I was a loyal Habs fan. It was great to pick up this jersey in the club's home town.

Meanwhile in the forums, our members debate the best player for a new Zuner to buy...

And, we puzzle over an overseas used Zune that was shipped in a weird box...

And the Canadiens? They lost a close one to the Flyers on Monday, so are now traliing 2-1 in that playoff series.

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April 28, 2008

100 Zune tips

by Harvey Chute

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The members of Zunerama have served up 100 Zune tips. If you're a new Zune owner, or even if you've had one for a while, it's worth browsing through the list.

Next Monday, we give one of our tipsters a brand new 30GB white Zune player. You still have time to get your tip in.

Good luck! And thanks to everyone who contributed!

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April 26, 2008

New ZuneOne cases for Zune 80GB, 4/8GB players

by Harvey Chute

We've received six new cases from ZuneOne, including the 8GB clear case show above, and the 80GB clear case and 80GB blue silicone case below.

Click on any pic to see all six new ZuneOne cases! More pix and reviews are on the way.

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April 25, 2008

Red 80s are rolling out

by Harvey Chute

The red Zune 80GB must be the most eye-pleasing of all the Zune player versions.

Up 'til now, the only place you could get a red 80 was through Microsoft's Zune Originals site.

That's changing, as Cesar from ZuneInsider tells us that red 80s will soon be available in retail stores.

A few may have leaked out already. Seen one yet?

P.S. We have three Zune giveaways underway now... no red 80s unfortunately, but we do have a Zune 30GB, a Kicker Zune stereo, and another of our members-only giveaways. See them all in our giveaway board.

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April 24, 2008

Your personal song memory

by Harvey Chute

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While music is All About The Social - I don't need to tell you that, right? - it's also of course deeply intimate and individual.

I'm reminded of that in our current contest, where we ask you to tell us about a song that means something personal to you.

As of this moment we have 140 responses - some touching, some funny, some a little naughty, many of them close to the heart.

The winner, chosen randomly, receives a sweet ZK500 Zune stereo.

The drawing's one week from Monday. If you've got a special song from your past, tell us about it and you just might win!

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April 23, 2008

CNET Editor abandons Zune, citing knotted headphone cords

by Harvey Chute

While I am a Zune enthusiast, I have respect for Apple. I acknowledge that a reasonable person can look at competing features and make the personal decision to choose iPod over Zune.

If you are looking for such an argument, though, I would not put much stock behind CNET editor Molly Wood's 5 reasons that Zune is "dead to her".

Some of her points have merit - for example, Zune's issues with metadata handling. But much of her frustration seems to come from not understanding Zune sync, and with - get this - her problems in untangling Zune's headphone cords.

A more useful CNET article would have explored - and perhaps even analyzed or explained - Zune's sync to its readers. Yes, it does operate differently from iTunes syncing. But it's not much of an adjustment to understand that and, for some of us, to prefer Zune's sync behavior.

She mentions that she hadn't plugged her Zune in for a couple of months, so I'm guessing some of her problems are simply due to her unfamiliarity with the player and its software.

And tangled headphones? Please. The inclusion of that "flaw" smacks of someone trying a little too hard to bring that list of Zune gripes up to a nice round number of five.

For a point-by-point deconstruction of her argument - both pro and con - see our string of posts in this lively forum thread.

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April 21, 2008

Review: Incipio Flip Case for Zune 80

by Harvey Chute

It's been out for a while, but we finally got a good look at the Incipio flipcase for Zune 80GB players. For us, it was worth the wait - as this economically-priced case gives great value for the money.

See our full review here.

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April 19, 2008

Zune to support Audible files

by Harvey Chute

There certainly seems to be a calling for it.

And now, Audible is reporting that Zune will support its audiobook format, later this year.

Audible is communicating this in emails, including this one to Paul Thurrott.

Something to look forward to for audiobook fans.

Thanks to Endless for the tip.

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April 18, 2008

Allen Iverson, Joy Division join Zune LE roster

by Harvey Chute

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A limited edition of 60 8GB Zune players will sport Allen Iverson playlists and video footage. They're bundled with Reebok's latest AI shoes.

Another LE Zune, commemorating the band Joy Division, has been announced for a June release.

By our count, there are now 39 Zune player variations, including nine 4GB/8GBs, twenty-four 30GBs, and six 80GBs. You can see pix of all of them in our Zune Versions gallery.

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