monkeynova

Hello!

I am considering getting a Zune (I have no music player at the moment, and am willing to give Microsoft's music player a shot), but I am very concerned about it being a "1.0" product; how much upgrading can Microsoft perform on the Zune through firmware/software upgrades before Zune 2.0 is released (I guess I'm concerned about plunking down $300 for a music player this year, only to see a new, improved version of Zune come out next year...) Specifically, I am wondering if the list of supported video and audio formats will ever be expanded through firmware and/or software upgrades, or if those will require a new Zune product...

I am primarily interested in listening to my CD collection (the subscription service doesn't interest me currently, but it might if the selection is decent...), so any music player would do. However, I'm also interested in podcasting (for now, listening; later, creating them), and I would be curious to know how much support for podcasting the current Zune model has (or will have, if you can speak to such things).

The wireless aspect of Zune is not as interesting (limited Zune-to-Zune music transfer, I believe); however, I am a (very) amateur digital photographer, and one of the things I recently got is one of those standalone Canon photo printers. It would be nice if I could transfer pictures from my camera to the Zune while I'm out and about taking snaps, and then transfer pictures from my Zune to the printer when I'm at home...is this kind of functionality present in the current Zune model If not, are there any plans to add to the firmware/software of the current Zune model  

I'm also looking at getting into Windows programming development (after a long hiatus from IT); it would be neat if I could develop a few Zune applets as part of my programming education. Does Microsoft currently have any MSDN support for development on the Zune If not, does Microsoft have any plans to support MSDN support for the Zune

(Also, I was thinking about taking the plunge next year, and purchasing an Xbox 360; what is the Zune-Xbox integration like Will you be able to take videos purchased through Xbox Marketplace and play them on the Zune Are there any plans to make any Zune games which could be purchased through either the Xbox or Zune marketplace )

Any answers would be greatly appreciated; thank you!

monkeynova



Re: Hot Technology Buying questions about Zune

monkeynova

Sorry for replying to my own thread, but is there another newsgroup where these kinds of questions would be better posted

monkeynova





Re: Hot Technology Buying questions about Zune

Biche

You can look at this thread, (http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx PostID=961795&SiteID=1) but I didn't see a newsgroups talking just about Zune, sorry.




Re: Hot Technology Buying questions about Zune

monkeynova

I just got done reading that one, thanks; it still doesn't address my primary concern: how quickly will Zune 2 be released, assuming this is a 1.0 product

At this point, it's looking like I should probably just buy an iPod (which is kind of sad, in a way: I really am considering the Zune as my first music player, but with 130+ views of this thread, and no one from Microsoft willing to chime in at all...I just feel better informed about the iPod than the Zune at this point ).

But thank you for the newsgroup pointer!

monkeynova





Re: Hot Technology Buying questions about Zune

duck thing

monkeynova wrote:
At this point, it's looking like I should probably just buy an iPod (which is kind of sad, in a way: I really am considering the Zune as my first music player, but with 130+ views of this thread, and no one from Microsoft willing to chime in at all...I just feel better informed about the iPod than the Zune at this point ).

The vast majority of us on these forums are not Microsoft employees.






Re: Hot Technology Buying questions about Zune

monkeynova

Update: I'd urge anybody who is on the fence about buying a Zune to take a look at Paul Thurrott's article, ZuneStory:

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/zunestory.asp

It addresses a lot of my concerns about what Microsoft was planning to do with the device, and how quickly the first generation device might be come obsolete. If you haven't yet made up your mind, I'd urge you to read the article first, and then make your final decison. It swayed me to getting one (as soon as I see how the holiday finances shake out )

monkeynova