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Zune 3.0: All the details

Zune 3 Client

Okay, we’ve been hitting you with snippets of news all day, especially as it pertains to the hardware. Now it’s time to break down all the changes that the software is bringing, both from the hardware side of things, as well as the software client side of things. On the hardware side of things, we are seeing new features like support for games, the ability to buy songs tagged while using the FM radio, and the ability to browse and download from the Zune Marketplace directly from the device itself. Over on software, we see a bunch of improvements to the client that are all focused on music discovery and helping you experience your music library in a whole new way. A lot of the changes seem geared towards Zune Pass subscribers (which, by the way, we think is the best deal in music). Click on through for an in-depth look at all the important changes that Zune 3.0 brings.

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Zune 120, 80, 16, and 8 comparison gallery

Zune 120 and Zune 16 with Zune 80 and Zune 8

Okay, so the new software is live, and we have new hardware to go along with it. We figured we’d bring you a look at the Zune 120 and Zune 16 that just came out, as compared to last years Zune 80 and Zune 8. The changes in the hardware are all cosmetic, which to us meant that the best way to show it to you guys was in a gallery. As you will see, this years Zune are focused on gloss and sheen, as opposed to last years matte two-tone look. Hit the Zune comparison gallery for all the shots.

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Gallery: Zune 120, 80, 16, and 8 comparison gallery


Zune 3.0 software is live

Zune 3.0

For all you fans out there, you will be pleased to know that the software went live this morning, and is ready for your consumption. The update brings a slew of new features to the table, with a lot of them being firsts in the industry (we’re looking at you, iTunes). What you’ve got is the desktop software update, alongside a firmware update for the actual Zune devices as well. And just like last year, the updates work on all previous generation Zunes as well - at no cost to you (we’re looking at you !).


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