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May 26, 2008

Review: ZuneOne silicone case for Zune 4/8

by Harvey Chute

I am starting to feel like a 24-hour Zune accessory channel. We have a good supply of Zune cases and accessories to review, and I've been making a push to keep up with the photography and reviews.

Our latest review unit is ZuneOne's silicone case for Zune 4GB and 8GB players.

Check it out! You can also browse though all of our Zune accessory reviews, here.

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May 25, 2008

Review: Incipio Wallet Case for Zune 4/8

by Harvey Chute

We recently received a bundle of Incipio cases here at Zunerama global headquarters. My oldest daughter wasted no time claiming a pink leather wallet case for her Zune 8GB.

Fortunately, I was able to give it a test run and snap some pics, before it journeyed back to college with her.

See our pix and review here.

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May 24, 2008

Reviews: more cases from ZuneOne

by Harvey Chute

I am enjoying a little porch time in the Atlanta sun, and making progress on our growing backlog of Zune accessory reviews.

Here are our two latest, both from Zuneone: the Crystal case for Zune 80 and the Crystal case for Zune 4/8 GB players.

Click on either pic below to see the corresponding review and more pix.

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Zune accessories list (Amazon)

May 23, 2008

Review: Proporta Alu-Leather case for Zune 80

by Harvey Chute

We recently checked out Proporta's new Alu-Leather case for Zune 80GB players, with its unique side-clips and satifying design. See more pix and our review.

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May 22, 2008

Review: Zune 80GB leather kickstand case from Incipio

by Harvey Chute

Incipio has released a series of cases for Zune 80GB players, and today we review its leather kickstand case.

See more photos and our review.

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May 18, 2008

Shorty, we hardly knew ye

by Harvey Chute

We're on our way to Atlanta today, with three charged-up Zune players. I'm dozing while daughter #2 watches The Incredibles on my Zune 80GB.

She taps me. "Hey, look, there's another Zune!" She shows me the Nearby screen on her 8GB.

Oops, not supposed to have wireless on when we're airborne. Still, thought I'd send a quick "hello" to our unknown fellow Zuner before turning wireless off.

The result was below.

Foiled! Looks like Shorty hasn't updated his player to Zune 2.5 yet... and can't accept a wireless send from an updated Zune.

I suppose it has only been 11 days since the 2.5 release. I wonder how many Zuners haven't experienced the goodness of this update yet!?

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May 17, 2008

Post a pic, win a black 30GB

by Harvey Chute

We're kicking off this weekend by giving away a Zune 30GB.

It's one we got from Woot. Black in color - with a blue double-shot, remember those? Better yet, it's a refurb, so it actually has experience in the field!

To win, post a pic in our Zune Photo Gallery. See our giveaway thread for details.

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May 16, 2008

Zune Gamers: how's your battery life?

by Harvey Chute

I'm curious about your experience with Zune battery life when you're playing games.

Both the video display and the button-pushing interactivity of games naturally have some draining effect on your Zune's battery.

Zunerama member josh0is0here reports that he let Pong run unattended, and it took 3.5 hours for his battery to go from 100% to 5%. But that was on autopilot, without the feverish paddle-sliding that typically accompanies a round of Pong.

How's your battery life when in games mode? Let us know.

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May 15, 2008

The games get better: Galactic Warriors 3

by Harvey Chute

XNA guru John Sedlak has released a beta of Galactic Warriors 3 - a fun overhead shooter game for Zune.

John completely rewrote the game, and it now sports sound effects, music support, new enemies, new levels and different weapons.

You can download the game, and give feedback for John, in this thread in our Games board.

See more of John's work at his Zune games site. Great stuff!

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May 15, 2008

See demos of Zune games

by Harvey Chute

Want to see some of those Zune games in action, before you download?

Now you can.

Zunerama member D4V3 has captured videos of a variety of Zune games and applications in action. Click on the picture above to see links to each video.

His videos include brief demos of Alien Aggressors, Collapse, Marblets, and XNA Tetris.

You can see the Marblets demo by clicking on the video below. Thanks, D4V3..!


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May 14, 2008

Remove duplicates from your playlists

by Harvey Chute

I just ran into another welcome new feature in Zune 2.5 - the ability to automatically remove duplicate tracks from a playlist.

I had several instances where I had dragged the same track or album to a playlist, having forgotten that I had previously added it. Those dup's are now gone thanks to this feature.

Just right-click on any playlist to see that option. Nice!

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May 14, 2008

Red Zune 80s... in the wild

by Harvey Chute

I love the glossy finish on the red flash Zune players, so was pleased with Microsoft's recent word that red 80GB players are becoming available in retail.

(Previously, they were only available through Microsoft's Zune Originals site.)

Now that I see some real-life red 80 pix, I am really impressed. The official marketing photos looked great, but it's always helpful to see pix that are "in the wild", and not studio shots.

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May 13, 2008

Video tutorial: get games on your Zune in 8 minutes

by Harvey Chute

Uncertain how to get games loaded on your Zune player?

Games are in beta, so at present it's a quasi-technical exercise.

But if you're willing to do it, Spidermonkey6719 has posted a video tutorial. In eight minutes, he walks you real-time through the steps involved in installing games on your Zune player. Click the vid below to see the steps.

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May 13, 2008

"Papa, we got hella cases!"

by Harvey Chute

Okay, she didn't say it quite like that, but daughter #1 was excited to see a new shipment of cases from Incipio.

You know what that means... more pix, reviews, and giveaways* coming up. Thanks, Incipio!

*Except for the pink wallet case, which she has already claimed for her 8GB..!

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May 12, 2008

Kicker Zune dock: we have a winner

by Harvey Chute

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The Kicker ZK500 Zune dock was one of our most highly-anticipated giveaways ever, with over two hundred entries.

To win, each entrant had to tell about a song that has personal meaning to him or her.

And our winner, chosen randomly, is Viva La Mattt. Congratulations, Matt - you will love this Zune dock! Check your email!

Thanks to Kicker for this great giveaway. And for everyone else... more coming up!

If you're a Zunerama member, we have another giveaway underway in our members-only board. If you're not a member, click here to fix that.

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