Zune desktop 2.5 released with TV shows and social improvements

Zune desktop 2.5 released with TV shows and social improvements

Summary: My last post on the Microsoft Zune was made back in October of 2007 when the new Zune models were announced. I actually picked up a Zune 30GB classic at Woot for less than US$100, but have to admit after getting my iPhone it has seen very little use. I actually think the Zune has better quality sound output, but it has been so easy to get podcasts, movies, and TV shows onto my iPhone when I travel I haven't given the Zune much of a chance. Today, Microsoft updated the Zune desktop software to version 2.5 that includes gapless playback, smart playlists, new sorting options, multiple-device syncing, advanced song info editing (including the asked for drag-and-drop), and TV show downloads.

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Zune desktop 2.5 released with TV shows and social improvementsMy last post on the Microsoft Zune was made back in October of 2007 when the new Zune models were announced. I actually picked up a Zune 30GB classic at Woot for less than US$100, but have to admit after getting my iPhone it has seen very little use. I actually think the Zune has better quality sound output, but it has been so easy to get podcasts, movies, and TV shows onto my iPhone when I travel I haven't given the Zune much of a chance. Today, Microsoft updated the Zune desktop software to version 2.5 that includes gapless playback, smart playlists, new sorting options, multiple-device syncing, advanced song info editing (including the asked for drag-and-drop), and TV show downloads.

There are over 600 episodes of TV shows available now on the Zune Marketplace for 160 Microsoft points (approximately US$1.99 per episode), including some of my favorites like The Office, Battlestar Galactica and Heroes (is this show ever coming back?).

There have also been some improvements in the social aspects of the Zune, which is something I only tested once when a bunch of us geeks were together. Microsoft has now integrated the discovery experience into this update so you can do things like sync your friends' Zune cards with your device and discover what your friends are listening to and recommending.

It sounds like I need to dust off my Zune, charge it up and check out what is happening in this space again. This is not a firmware update for your Zune hardware, but an update to the desktop application. It wasn't clear to me in the press release, but I learned that this IS actually a firmware update for the Zune devices as well so I definitely need to charge up my Zune and upgrade to this latest firmware to see how it performs. My Yahoo! Music unlimited subscription should also be ending soon and I may sign back up for the Zune Marketplace subscription service.

Thanks to Zune Thoughts for the heads-up on this latest release.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Microsoft

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  • "Social Improvements!?!"

    Sounds like a public works project or something. I don't
    know but I've always found the whole concept of The Social
    to lack any "impact" no WOW or UMPH!!!

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
  • RE: Zune desktop 2.5 released with TV shows and social improvements

    Actually, it IS a firmware update. The firmware upgrade also supports the new XNA game development for Zune and adds support for tags on video as well as a few other things.
    TheWerewolf
  • RE: Zune desktop 2.5 released with TV shows and social improvements

    Microsoft is really stepping up to the plate with this firmware upgrade. You can bet all the zune users will be happy about this. Time to step it up once more and give us a review of how this 2.5 version works out for you.
    Loverock Davidson
    • MS screws their customers again

      "Late Tuesday afternoon I reached J. B. Perrette, the
      president of digital distribution for NBC Universal, to ask
      why NBC found Microsoft?s video store more appealing
      than Apple?s," Hansell reports. "He explained that NBC, like
      most studios, would like the broadest distribution possible
      for its programming. But it has two disputes with Apple."

      "First, Apple insists that all TV shows have an identical
      wholesale price so that it can sell all of them at $1.99. NBC
      wants to sell its programs for whatever price it chooses,"
      Hansell reports. "Second, Apple refused to cooperate with
      NBC on building filters into its iPod player to remove
      pirated movies and videos."

      "Microsoft, by contrast, will accept NBC?s pricing scheme
      and will work with it to try to develop a copyright 'cop' to
      be installed on its devices," Hansell reports.

      COPYRIGHT COP???
      Wittsend