I own the 60GB sleek black iPod. I love it. So, why should I be even think about buying the new Zune that MS is launching on Nov. 14th? Well, I love gadgets but that aside, I saw something in the preview videos that makes me want to own a Zune.
Some of the features are listed below:
-- WMA, MP3, AAC, JPEG,WMV, MPEG-4, H.264 media playback
-- Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) connectivity
-- 30 GB Hard Drive
-- 3 inch video LCD 320x240
-- White, Black, and Brown Colors
-- FM Radio
-- TV output connectivity 640x480
-- Dedicated song download site (Zune Marketplace)
-- Podcast playback
-- Updateable Firmware
-- Estimated 12 hr battery life for audio, 3.5 hr video
-- 3 day playback of Wi-Fi transfered songs from friends
-- XBOX streaming
-- XBOX (Microsoft) points compatability
-- Preloaded music videos
-- Over a dozen accessories at launch
-- 5.6 ounces in weight, 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.58 inches size
-- Metric: 158 g, 112 x 61 x 14.7 mm size
-- Custom background images
-- WiFi transfer of photographs
-- Tag based storage system (Will not appear as drive)
-- PC Compatability (no Mac client at launch)
-- Zune tag enabled
-- Horizontal and vertical video orientation
Now, I found this image of the Zune while surfing, that was a proposed design, I guess. I kind of like it than what it finally looks like. I like the clean white look of the Xbox family.
Although, I am not sure, I think there is a possibility that MS is using some slimmed down version of Media Center plus Mobile Edition as the underlying platform for the new Zune. Or is it a modified Toshiba Gigabeat? After all, Toshiba is also manufacturing the new Zune...
Here are some striking similarities, and you be the judge...
1. Main Menu Navigation: Very similar to the Toshiba Gigabeat.
2. Music Navigation: Just like the Media Center user interface that is part of Vista, the Zune music menu is laid out in a very similar fashion. The main navigation goes up and down whereas the submenu goes left to right.
3. Photo Navigation: Just like the Media Center user interface, the Zune photo menu and navigation is very similarly done. The pictures are previewed in a grid like fashion. The main navigation goes up and down whereas the submenu goes left to right.
4. Radio Interface: Just like the Media Center user interface for radio, the Zune radio interface is very similar looking.
5. Notifications: Just like the Media Center notification dialog boxes pops up when events happen, Zune also pops up notifications in a simlar manner.
For more information and details checkout http://www.zunescene.com/