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Zune celebrity sightings

Well, I started this page as a bit of a joke. We're only a few months into this crazy Social experiment called Zune, and celebrity sightings are few and far between.

Plus, that rich-and-famous jetset can be oh-so fashion-conscious, and are surely more likely to gravitate to all that hipness that is iPod. (Did I just reveal my un-hipness by saying "hipness"..? Oh, well.)

This page, then, will salute those courageous and individualistic celebs that, defying all peer pressure, choose to choose Zune.

Barack Obama

Evidence: Direct

President-elect Obama was spotted working out with a Zune in a Philadelphia fitness center, in December 2008. This ignited a flurry of controversy - "ZuneGate" - among tech bloggers and digital media passionistas. Is Obama an iPod fan or a Zune guy?

Alas, with the dust settling, it seems that Barack is a Mac/iPod user, and had borrowed a Zune from an aide for this workout. Oh well, he has obviously surrounded himself with good people.

Source: Philadelphia CityPaper

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Tommy Lee

Evidence: Indirect

Not to let Pam Anderson show him up, Tommy Lee has also been seen spotted with a Zune. (Maybe Pam gave hers to him?)

That looks like a Zune 4GB or 8GB box.

Source: ihaveazune

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Pam Anderson

Evidence: Indirect

Pam got her Airstream motor home refurbished with a Zune, connected to her 32" LCD screen via a DLO Home Dock.

This may be some product placement at work, but one way or another the evidence leads us to welcome Pam as part of the Social.


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Jeff Gordon

Evidence: Indirect

#24 got one of his race cars converted into a street-ready hot rod.

And, surrounded by some brain-shaking stereo speakers, is Jeff's black 30GB Zune, in what appears to be a custom-made dock.

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Stephen Colbert

Evidence: Shaky

In the April issue of GQ, Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report is asked to reveal his "current favorite song on iPod". His response: "(A) IT'S A ZUNE AND (B) IT'S EIGHTEEN EXQUISITELY SILENT MINUTES OF ERASED WATERGATE TAPE".

The funniest part? How the IFB* came out in force, dismissing Colbert's comments as sarcasm (no, really?). It doesn't take much to get the IFB just a little frantic that people might think that someone as deadly cool as Colbert might actually be a Zuner.

For the record, we think that it likely was an ironic comment from Colbert. But until he tells us otherwise, we're claiming him as one of our own.

*iPod FanBoys


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Ellen DeGeneres

Evidence: Indirect

On September 20, 2006 - weeks before the player was launched - Ellen talked up Zune on her show. And she gave everyone in her studio audience a Zune.

We think it's safe to say that Ellen walked out of there with a Zune of her own, too. She described to HGTV's Chi-Lan Lieu how much she liked the screen display, and how easy the Zune was to use.

So, Ellen, consider yourself officially "claimed" as a Zune celebrity. I'm sure that, as we speak, you're in your dressing room, plugged into your 30GB, practicing your dance moves before the show.


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William H. Gates, Jr.

Evidence: Confirmed

Okay, as a general guideline, Microsoft employees - even world-famous ones - don't count for this celebrity Zune list.

But for Bill Gates we'll make an exception.

I snapped this picture myself, back on the November 14th Zune launch day, and can confirm that I saw Bill use a Zune and even wirelessly send songs to a nearby Zuner.


Anybody we've missed? Let us know.