Further specs on the device [Much via Zune Thoughts' interview with Chris Stephensen]:
- 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.58-inch footprint (vs 30GB iPod's 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.43-inches, and 80GB iPod's 0.55-inch thickness -- trust us, on a device like this a tenth of an inch is a huge difference)
- 5.6 ounces (vs iPod's 4.8 and 5.5 ounces for the 30 and 80GB models)
- WiFi is 802.11b/g, photo is JPEG only (right now)
- Zunes and their users will have names -- Zunetags -- building off the phenomenal success of Xbox Live model.
- Faster charge time than an iPod, but still no quoted battery life. It will not be user replaceable.
- Nope, no price or release on the device or anything Marketplace related -- which they told us yesterday they wouldn't be releasing (yet).
- CNET thinks that bit about Zune buying you out of iTunes is false, according to a statement issued by Microsoft. Could well be so, but it's not like they've announced everything Zune-related, so we'll have more to discuss in the coming weeks, assuredly.
- Zune supposedly won't be taking advantage of the device's video capabiilties by selling TV shows this year, nor will it play Media Center video files (DVR-MS files, we take that to mean).
- Microsoft went with brown on one of the three Zunes because "artists would and musicians would." We're not going to lie, some of us around here like it (key word: some).
- Zune will be backing concerts and shows, and is really working the music influencer angle (ya think?).
- The 3x3 DRM layer (share a song for three plays over three days) will supposedly wrap files of any supported type (MP3, AAC, etc.) in DRM during the transfer. Medialoper poses a very interesting question: what happens to Creative Commons licensed media when shared? Because adding DRM to CC media violates the license, you know. [Via Slashdot]
Zune interface demo - QVGA [H.264, 3.7MB], VGA [H.264, 15.1MB]
Zune sharing demo - QVGA [H.264, 2.5MB], VGA [H.264, 8.7MB]
So, are we missing anything? Oh, there's more after the jump.
Zune packaging. Trippy, man.