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So we have been playing around with a couple of Zune’s here at Gear Live HQ for a little bit, and decided that we would give you all a peek at the innards of Microsoft’s soon-to-launch digital media player. Jump on over to our Zune Dissection Gallery to get a glimpse of each and every piece that is inside the device that you will all be wanting come November 14. We snapped over 40 images of the take-apart process, so we hope you enjoy it. No worries, the Zune wasn’t harmed in the least, and is now back together, fully functional.

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Zune

In twelve days, Microsoft launches their Zune portable media player and music service. Seems like as good a time as any to launch the official website for the platform as well, which is exactly what the company has done over at zune.net.

As a refresher, the Zune features 30 GB of storage space and will hit retail at $249 USD. If there is any device out there that can attempt to give the iPod somewhat of a run for it’s money, it’s the Zune. Do we think it will happen? No - we don’t. However, with the marketing budget that Microsoft is going to throw at this thing, who knows what will happen this holiday season?

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Apple is sure working to perfect their Boot Camp software in time for the launch of Tiger. In fact, they just released an updated version of the software, Boot Camp 1.1.2. For those unaware, Boot Camp is Apple’s beta software which allows you to run Windows on any Intel-based Mac on a separate partition. The latest update brings the following improvements:

  • Trackpad scrolling and right-click gestures work correctly
  • Fixed idle sleep bugs
  • Reduced dialogs during Windows driver installation
  • Improved international support
  • Improved 802.11 wireless networking support
  • The Apple USB Modem now works correctly

Head on over to Apple’s Boot Camp site to try it out, and let us know what you think.

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Zune

Our boys over at CrunchGear hit up a Zune meet-and-greet at the Souped-Up Cafe here in Seattle. They captured some great looking images of the Zune, and even included a slideshow of said videos. If you are salivating over Microsoft’s new platform, go check it out.

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So, while hanging out at a Zune “launch” party here in Seattle last week, in addition to the video we caught we also grabbed a bunch of images showing off all sides of the device. Unfortunately, we only had access to the horrible brown Zune, but that’s better than nothing, right? Jump on over to the Gear Live Gallery to take a look at eleven hands-on photos of the Zune. Don’t fret, friends, you’ll be able to pick up your very own Zune in just over a month.

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iPod and Zune

Co-host of Gear Live’s video show, The Bleeding Edge, Jake Ludington recently took our Zune video coverage a step further by taking a few images of the device side-by-side next to one of the new 80 GB 5.5G iPods. You will see that the device is quite a bit bigger and thicker (it does house both an FM and WiFi antenna), and that the screen is nice and vibrant. Jake makes mention of the fact that the 30GB Zune is lighter than the 80GB iPod, but we aren’t thinking that is as important as how comfortable these things feel in your hand. From our impressions, it wasn’t too good.

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Zune Launch

For all of you that have been holding your breath for the Microsoft Zune, the company has finally released details on pricing and launch date. As it turns out, the Zune will drop on November 14, 2006 and will retail for $249.99 USD - the same price as the 30 GB iPod. While the Zune will also feature wireless Zune-to-Zune transfers of music, photos, and personal recorded video, as well as an integrated FM tuner (but won’t allow for time-shifting of radio,) one really has to wonder if Microsoft priced this thing correctly. Our personal opinion is that the Zune should have undercut the price of the iPod by at least $20. To soften the blow, Microsoft is including quite a bit of free content on the Zune at purchase, all of which is listed after the break.

The company has also made known how the payment system on the Zune Marketplace will work, as consumers will use Microsoft Points (yup, the same ones you use on your Xbox 360) as the method of payment on the Marketplace - or they can just pick up a monthly Zune Pass for $14.99 USD to get access to the complete Zune music library.

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