March 28, 2007 4:08 PM PDT

Microsoft releases Zune update

Microsoft on Wednesday released a minor update to its Zune software aimed at fixing several issues, including one that was causing some users to hear skipping when playing back purchased songs.

"We were aware a limited number of users were experiencing that issue, and we were able to address it," said Zune spokeswoman Katy Asher.

The software maker had originally hoped to have the update by midmonth, but the patch took slightly longer than it had hoped to develop and test.

In addition to addressing the song-skipping issue, the Zune 1.3 software update aims to offer quicker syncing and improve a situation where the Zune's battery could drain more quickly after using the FM tuner.

Microsoft also noted that the Zune held its No. 2 spot in NPD's February retail sales figures, though its share of the hard drive-based music player market dipped to 8.8 percent from 9.9 percent a month earlier.

"We're still happy with where we're at," Asher said, noting the company's strategy is a long-term one not focused on month-to-month fluctuations.

Microsoft released a Zune update in December, making the device and its desktop software compatible with Windows Vista.

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The 3 Zune owners around the world rejoice! ;-)
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Posted by anarchyreigns (299 comments )
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iZune, and who else?
Who are the other 2?
Posted by benjiernmd (123 comments )
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That was pretty funny
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Posted by shoffmueller (236 comments )
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Cool...
I believe that someone hacked it so that you can put Linux on
the thing; once the prices come down enough (I suspect they
will... hard), I think I'll get one and do just that.

/P
Posted by Penguinisto (5042 comments )
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Or...
You could buy an iPod now, as people have been putting Linux on
them for years.
Posted by GGGlen (491 comments )
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The New Phone Books Are Here!
The New Phone Books Are Here!
The New Phone Books Are Here!
The New Phone Books Are Here!
The New Phone Books Are Here!
Posted by Sumatra-Bosch (526 comments )
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My Favorite Post Ever
That is good.

I get it.
Posted by dansterpower (2511 comments )
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If two Zunes "squirted" in a forest...
...would anybody care?
Posted by Norseman (1319 comments )
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Eeeeeuw!
...well, maybe the bear that accidentally steps in the results might care...

/P
Posted by Penguinisto (5042 comments )
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Can I watch DVR-MS files?
If not, why the hell not? You think MSFT would allow this.
Posted by bobby_brady (765 comments )
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Options
You have the choice of running Linux on an 80 Gig iPod. Where is
the 80 Gig Zune?
Posted by VidPro (60 comments )
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So it is just that? 80 Gigs?
But what about bigger, brighter screen. I must say it is a plus for
Zune and a minus for iPod.
Posted by benjiernmd (123 comments )
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hello
a zune update?
Posted by webbj61 (2 comments )
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hello
a zune update?
Posted by webbj61 (2 comments )
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Bigger screen but low rez : Zune
The screen is bigger but the resolution is no different than iPods, therefore overall resolution is lower due to the fact that the same number of pixels are soread across a larger screen.

Anyway, who cares?
Living in Seattle WA the ratio of iPods to Zunes is about 1000 (iPod) to 1 (Zune).

Darn! Now I cannot "skip" & "squirt" at the same time in Redmond...
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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Typical M$ spin
They have no shame, making the following statement:

"Microsoft also noted that the Zune held its No. 2 spot in NPD's February retail sales figures"

Of course this is a crock. They are only considering their share of a particular sliver of of the market. The reality. It has BEEN A FLOP!! Whenever they have to compete on a level playing field they fall flat on their faces. I wish them all the (bad) luck in the world....
Posted by C_G_K (169 comments )
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Please, what is a "Zune"?
We have never heard of them in our part of the world. If the Ballmer kids visit my country, will they bring theirs, so we can see?
Posted by m.o.t.u. (96 comments )
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Zune to be released... (* GRIN *)
What they expected to release/patch and/or what they planned to release/patch means nothing.

What they deliver and when they deliver it is all that counts.

FWIW
Posted by wbenton (522 comments )
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Microsoft lies again.
They claimed that they were 2nd...

But the actual figures show them as a limp 3rd with 2nd position also limp as compared to 1st position's iPod!:

Category: MP3

Rank Brand Unit Share
1 Apple 72.7%
2 Sandisk 8.9%
3 Microsoft 3.2%
4 Creative Labs 2.9%
5 Samsung 2.0%

Total Dollar Volume: $225,288,200

Taken from: <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=conewsstory&#38;refer=conews&#38;tkr=AAPL:US&#38;sid=ap0bqJw2VpwI" target="_newWindow">http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=conewsstory&#38;refer=conews&#38;tkr=AAPL:US&#38;sid=ap0bqJw2VpwI</a>

I wonder if part of the global warming might be caused by hot air coming from Microsoft!!! (* ROFLOL *)

Walt
Posted by wbenton (522 comments )
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This will just like the updates for their windows
Perhaps we could see Zune SP2 patch soon :)

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.mp4-converter.net" target="_newWindow">http://www.mp4-converter.net</a>
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