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#1 Xbox-Scene

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:44 AM

Five things Microsoft needs to do to fix the Zune
Posted by XanTium | March 20 20:44 EST | News Category: Xbox360
 
From engadget.com:


We're not trying to hate, but we think it's about time Microsoft acknowledged that the ball's been dropped -- and then pick it back up. Stop promising bug fixes and vaporous new features, and stop talking about future Zune products when the current product is ailing. Here are five simple things Microsoft should do to fix the Zune right now, and even make it into a somewhat aggressive contender in one of the most cutthroat gadget categories. In order:

1. Fix the DRM, syncing, and system bugs, and get firmware v1.3 out the door!
2. Add useful WiFi features: wireless streaming to friends, Zune Pass (subscription) song transfer to friends' Zunes ( la MusicGremlin), computer-free downloads content downloads.
3. Add podcast and vidcast support. It doesn't even have to be as comprehensive as the iTMS, just a basic RSS reader / enclosure scraper or something.
4. Increase codec support. Go out on a limb and add open (read: free) codecs like FLAC, APE, OGG, XviD; if you really want to make your customers happy, belly up to the bar and license DivX.
5. Drop the price. For most consumers, there is still a huge mental barrier in paying $250 for a Zune when you can pay the same $250 for an iPod. One isn't necessarily better than the other, but people really love the iPod. Make it $230 MSRP, and let that sink down to like $210 for online retailers. People will freak out that this player, that does all these things it does, is barely more than two bills.


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Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:07 AM

and i want a pony..

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:19 AM

i wanna play halo on it... anyone else???

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:31 AM

NO THEY NEED A GOD DAM CLOCK ON IT

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:50 AM

OMGZ NO BARBIE HOUSE ADVENTURE SUPPORT!?

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 03:06 AM

They forgot one thing, Zune Marketplace & Xbox Live Marketplace integration.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 03:30 AM

I like the idea of adding lossless audio codecs smile.gif

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 08:33 AM

I'm still surprised that 'the community' hasn't hacked the Zune to death with modified firmwares, ripping the DRM support from the WiFi connection for example.

And if anyone would do that, also write a program for the PSP so it can share music (and perhaps other stuff) with the Zune. Now that would kickass.

QUOTE
1. Fix the DRM, syncing, and system bugs, and get firmware v1.3 out the door!
Just remove the DRM.
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2. Add useful WiFi features: wireless streaming to friends, Zune Pass (subscription) song transfer to friends' Zunes ( la MusicGremlin), computer-free downloads content downloads.
I don't think these mentioned features are terribly useful. At all.
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3. Add podcast and vidcast support. It doesn't even have to be as comprehensive as the iTMS, just a basic RSS reader / enclosure scraper or something.
Oh, come on...
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4. Increase codec support. Go out on a limb and add open (read: free) codecs like FLAC, APE, OGG, XviD; if you really want to make your customers happy, belly up to the bar and license DivX.
Codecs cost money (patents, licenses, etc.). The answer will simply be: no.
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5. Drop the price. For most consumers, there is still a huge mental barrier in paying $250 for a Zune when you can pay the same $250 for an iPod. One isn't necessarily better than the other, but people really love the iPod. Make it $230 MSRP, and let that sink down to like $210 for online retailers. People will freak out that this player, that does all these things it does, is barely more than two bills.
Just buy a PSP with a 2GB memory stick for the same price. Even unmodded, it allows you to play MP3's, allows you to surf the web, use RSS feeds using WiFi 802.11b and play videos in a decent resolution using the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec. This video codec is featured in many open-source products and kicks the ass of WMV (any version). If you mod the PSP, you can even encode videos in it's native, widescreen resolution (480x272).

Shortly said: if you want a bang for your bucks... don't buy a Zune nor an iPod. Did I already mention that you can use the PSP's memory stick drive as an USB Mass Storage Device when you connect the PSP with your PC? You can just drag and drop your MP3's in the correct folder, without installing any (crappy) software.

[edit]
Forgot one last detail. You can also play a lot of (retail/homebrew/emulated) games on the PSP. wink.gif

Edited by The Zep Man, 21 March 2007 - 08:35 AM.


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Posted 21 March 2007 - 09:01 AM

Welcome to www.zune-scene.com

Or was that www.unrelated-microsoft-products-scene.com???

Edited by vanxman, 21 March 2007 - 09:06 AM.


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Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:31 PM

QUOTE(vanxman @ Mar 21 2007, 08:08 AM) View Post

Welcome to www.zune-scene.com

Or was that www.unrelated-microsoft-products-scene.com???


Well said Vanxman, I was just about to reply with the same. What next, Vista news? unsure.gif

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 04:10 PM

How about they fix the random locking, pausing and restarting mine does every so often.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 05:01 PM

QUOTE(The Zep Man @ Mar 21 2007, 02:40 AM) View Post


Just buy a PSP with a 2GB memory stick for the same price. Even unmodded, it allows you to play MP3's, allows you to surf the web, use RSS feeds using WiFi 802.11b and play videos in a decent resolution using the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec. This video codec is featured in many open-source products and kicks the ass of WMV (any version). If you mod the PSP, you can even encode videos in it's native, widescreen resolution (480x272).

Shortly said: if you want a bang for your bucks... don't buy a Zune nor an iPod. Did I already mention that you can use the PSP's memory stick drive as an USB Mass Storage Device when you connect the PSP with your PC? You can just drag and drop your MP3's in the correct folder, without installing any (crappy) software.

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Forgot one last detail. You can also play a lot of (retail/homebrew/emulated) games on the PSP. wink.gif

You're going to fit all of your music, movies and games on a 2 gb memory stick?.
That being said, the only thing the Zune has going for it, is it's HD

Edited by beige, 21 March 2007 - 05:02 PM.


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Posted 21 March 2007 - 06:23 PM

All I can say is, I'm happy with my Black Video Ipod laugh.gif

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 09:00 PM

QUOTE(beige @ Mar 21 2007, 05:08 PM) View Post

You're going to fit all of your music, movies and games on a 2 gb memory stick?.
That being said, the only thing the Zune has going for it, is it's HD
True. Then again, carrying multiple memory sticks with you all the time is a small sacrifice.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 09:37 PM

QUOTE(REDMODS @ Mar 21 2007, 11:17 AM) View Post

How about they fix the random locking, pausing and restarting mine does every so often.


Agreed sad.gif




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