Posts Tagged ‘ portable media players ’

Zune Death Watch: Microsoft Zune Revenues Plummet

Jan 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Featured Story, iPods & Portable Media Players, Podcasting

Microsoft has revealed in a Security and Exchange Commission filing that the company’s Zune revenue in the 4th quarter of 2008 was less than half of what it was the previous year.

Is it time to start a Zune deathwatch?

Zunepocolypse Update

Jan 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: iPods & Portable Media Players

Microsoft has announced its official response to the Zune 30’s leap year problem, which caused Zunes around the world to fail: My Zune 30 is frozen. What should I do? Follow these steps: Disconnect your Zune from USB and AC power sources. Because the player is frozen, its battery will drain—this is good. Wait until […]

Y2K Issue Hits Microsoft Zunes 9 Years Late

Dec 31st, 2008 | By | Category: iPods & Portable Media Players

Remember all the Year 2000 hype about computer systems all failing at the same time? It looks like it’s hit the Microsoft Zune – 9 years late. We’re going to apologize ahead of time to our friends at Microsoft, because we’re bringing the Zunetanic icon out of retirement for this one. Across the world, Zune […]

Barron’s: The Future Of The Zune In Danger

Dec 8th, 2008 | By | Category: iPhone, iPod Accessories, iPods & Portable Media Players

Barron’s reports that the future of Microsoft’s Zune media player is in Danger: The company will unveil (at the Consumer Electronics Show January 7) a new device combining the features of the company’s Zune music player and its Danger Sidekick handhelds, combined with…. “some motion enhancement features” using an accelerometer. That would be consistent with […]

Microsoft Exploring Using Zunes In Education

Jul 2nd, 2008 | By | Category: iPods & Portable Media Players, Video Podcasts

Earlier today, we highlighted the expansion of Apple’s iTunes U into K-12 education. Now it looks like Microsoft wants to get in on the educational portable media player market, too. Microsoft is working with Fort Sumner High School in New Mexico and South Valley Junior High in Liberty, Missouri to see how students use audio […]

Is The Microsoft Zune The Best MP3 Player For Podcasts?

Jun 27th, 2008 | By | Category: iPod Accessories, iPods & Portable Media Players, Podcasting Hardware

Is the Microsoft Zune the best portable media player for podcasts? That’s the conclusion of CNet’s Jasmine France, who puts the Zune at the top of her list of the best MP3 players for podcasts: 1. Microsoft Zune: A fantastic podcast option, the Zune even ekes past the iPod for the top spot. The software […]

The Zunetanic Revisited

Apr 21st, 2008 | By | Category: Digital Music, iPods & Portable Media Players

Molly Wood has a great take on the state of the Zune over at Crave, offering 5 reasons she’s leaving the Zune behind and a scary tale about how her Zune erased thousands of her songs: About two weeks ago, I was going on a trip. My Zune’s battery had run out, so I plugged […]

2nd Generation Zune Tanking

Feb 7th, 2008 | By | Category: iPods & Portable Media Players

When Microsoft introduced the 2nd generation Zune portable media players last fall, it was clear that they’d done a lot to catch up with Apple’s iPods. If Amazon’s sales are any indicator, though, Microsoft’s 2nd Zune sales have tanked since their introduction. Apple’s iPods continue to dominate the list of top MP3 players at Amazon, […]

Apple Adds 16GB iPhone & 32GB iPod touch

Feb 5th, 2008 | By | Category: General

Apple today added new models of the iPhone and iPod touch which have double the memory. The iPhone now comes in a new 16GB model for $499, joining the 8GB model for $399. iPod touch now comes in a 32GB model for $499, joining the 16GB model for $399 and the 8GB model for $299. […]

One Less Thing To Worry About

Jan 31st, 2008 | By | Category: General, iPod Accessories, iPods & Portable Media Players, Strange

A new report refutes claims that portable music players, such as Apple’s iPod, interfere with cardiac pacemakers. Howard Bassen, a researcher with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Md., led a research team that measured the magnetic fields produced by four different iPod models: a fourth-generation iPod and an iPod with video, and […]