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by peter

Call it the Surface Player: Why Microsoft needs an iPod touch competitor
Maybe I'm only saying this because the Zune HD never got the love it deserved, but Microsoft should come out with a Windows Phone-based competitor to the iPod touch (i.e. a smartphone without the phone part). Why? Because it would help establish Windows Phone as a viable platform. Challenging the iPod touch isn't going to tip the balance for Microsoft all on its own, but having one could make things a little easier (and it probably would not upset Microsoft's OEM partners as much as doing a... Read more →

by toeknee0126

Canceling a zune pass subscription is an ungodly nightmare.
(This is about the zune pass service, which is not listed in gdgt's database.)
A few days ago my brother signed up for a free 2-week trial for the zune pass service. My mom called me in the room asking me to help her cancel it before they billed her. xbox.com instructs you to go to billing.microsoft.com, sign in, click on the service, and click "CANCEL MY SERVICE." we go to said website, and the link says "HOW TO cancel my service." We click the link, and it directs us to the zune site.
Why did... Read more →

by Unicron109

What about Samsung making Zune music devices...?
As a loyal Zune Pass subscriber and a Zune 120 owner I was a little upset when Microsoft announced that they would no longer be producing Zune hardware. I understand why they are doing it they are way behind in the smartphone race, however I just don’t see why they would abandon music fans like this. No matter what you say until a Windows Phone 7 device has a battery that can last as long as a dedicated music player can those of us who listen to music a great deal and don’t want to be stuck... Read more →

by Blackwood

Zune Pass to start a streaming only option @ 9.99
Currently you can get a Zune pass monthly for $14.99, 3 months for $44.97, and yearly for $149.90. I just recieved an email from Zune stating:
"We want to let you know about important changes that are coming to Zune® Music Pass in the United States.
On October 3, we will be discontinuing the $14.99 Zune Music Pass plan and introducing a new version of Zune Music Pass. After October 3, the $14.99 plan will not be available to new subscribers. However, because you are a current subscriber, you can... Read more →

by peter

Four moves Microsoft could make in mobile
While landing Nokia as a partner for Windows Phone a few months ago was a huge win for the platform, it's clear that Microsoft still has its work cut out for it if it wants to gain a solid foothold in the ultracompetitive world of mobile operating systems. There are plenty of things they can do to improve the OS itself and to better market it, but if they really want to win in mobile they need to accept that we live in a multiplatform world now. And it's not just that there are... Read more →

by peterto

I've been thinking of getting a dedicated PMP, well mainly music/podcast player and no, I do not want an iPod.
Does anyone think a Zune HD2 will be released or should I just suck it up and get the Zune HD? I really love the interface and the Zune pass is key to me. Or are there any alternatives to the Zune I should think about? Cowon S9 for instance?

by cass

Is anyone else having a syncing issue with their Zune?
Whenever I try to sync I get an error C00D124D, which links to a page that has no mention of the Zune HD: http://www.zune.net/en-US/support/webhelp/C00D124D... I've restarted the Zune software and hardware, same crap. I checked the Zune.net forums, NOTHING! There's a 25 page thread I added to that doesn't looked to be even acknowledged by the Zune team.... Read more →

by tatsumaki

So I've always taken the postings about PS3 firmware updates breaking people's systems with a grain of salt.
At least I did before it happened to me Saturday night. Updated my console, bought some videos from the PSN Store, watched the videos and then, when trying to back out of Folding at Home a few hours later, discovered my console had locked up. After I tried, unsuccessfully, to restart it, I killed the power with the hard switch in the back and tried to reboot. The green light would come on, but neither the TV nor my controller recognized that there was a PS3 in the room. After running through the... Read more →

by cass

Podcast feed tip that I wanted to pass along:
I probably subscribe to over 20 podcasts in the Zune software. I'd say the Zune software handles podcast pretty well, but one thing that sucks is that if you reinstall the Zune software, say after a reformat of Windows (I do this periodically), you have to put all of them back in one by one. Until Microsoft stores your subscriptions "in the cloud", I hope, I have a really simple method to make this less annoying next time you need to reload podcast feeds into Zune, or any... Read more →