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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Zune MP3 Players are perfect for Christmas!

Zune lets you build a personalized MP3 player for everyone on your holiday gift list. Choose from different sizes, colors, etched designs and add personal text. And get more music for less all year long with a Zune Pass subscription for $14.99/month (all the music you can download for the price of one CD!).

Zune also recently introduced exclusive new wireless capabilities, including one of my favorites where you can download songs directly to the device from the built-in FM radio, and two free games, Hexic and Texas Hold ‘Em. Plus there are new designs in the Zune Originals store (www.zuneoriginals.net) from respected artists like Catalina Estrada, Sam Flores, Kenzo Minami and more.

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Zune4: $129.99 / Zune8: $149.99 / Zune16: $179.99/Zune 80: $249.99/ Zune120: $299.99
Colors: Black, Red, Pink, Green, BlueVisit www.zuneoriginals.net

Wireless browsing and buying on the fly. Purchase tracks from the Zune Marketplace store directly from your device when in a Wi-Fi hot spot or through a home wireless network.1 Zune has partnered with high-speed Internet access provider Wayport Inc. to allow customers to wirelessly connect to Zune Marketplace for free directly from their device at more than 9,800 McDonald’s restaurants equipped with Wi-Fi Internet across the U.S. Browse new releases, view top songs and albums by genre, or use the on-screen keypad to type in your song of choice.

Buying from FM radio. Instantly tag and purchase songs you hear on FM radio stations directly from your Zune device by using the Buy from FM feature. If you are in a Wi-Fi hot spot, the song will immediately download to your Zune. If not, you will have a queue of songs ready to download when you connect to your home computer or get to a hot spot. Buy from FM works with radio stations that broadcast Radio Data System (RDS) or RT+ data.2

Zune Pass. Explore music with the Zune Pass subscription, which gives you instant access to millions of available songs for about the price of a CD per month ($14.99). Download music from your PC or directly from your Zune.

Custom channels. Subscribe to Zune Channels to get a variety of new music added to your collection each week automatically. Choose from channels programmed by music industry experts such as the Billboard Hot 100, magazines including The FADER, and radio stations such as KROQ in Los Angeles and KEXP in Seattle, or let Zune create custom channels just for you, based on your favorite artists and genres. Channels are free with a monthly Zune Pass,3 and you can also buy all the music as individual song downloads. Channels you subscribe to sync to your device music collection for playback on the go. You can even refresh Zune Channels from Wi-Fi hot spots.

Personal Picks. Now when you log on to Zune Marketplace, you’ll find a new area called Picks, where Zune will recommend artists, albums and tracks based on the music you have been listening to, as well as channels you might like and listeners like you in the Zune Social.

Mixview. Select an artist, album or Zune Card to activate a dynamic, visual mosaic of related music and listeners. With each click, you can take the view in a new direction, creating a fun, graphical way to discover new music. Mixview works with your current collection of music, in addition to tracks and albums from across the Zune Marketplace.

Audio books. To start listening to your favorite book on your Zune, visit audible.com to choose from 50,000 available titles or thousands of public library Web sites, to download and sync your favorites.

Games on the go. Two free games — “Hexic” and “Texas Hold ’em” — will keep you entertained on the go. The bright, color screen and touch-sensitive Zune Pad make playing games fun and easy.

Zune Originals. Stand out from the crowd by ordering from the Zune Originals online store to customize your Zune player with laser-engraved art and personal text.

Wireless sync. Cut the cord to your PC. Refresh your Zune with new content while you charge your device. Connect to your PC through your home wireless network by setting your Zune to automatically sync the latest podcasts, music and more from your stereo dock, AC adapter or speaker dock accessory. 4

Wireless Zune-to-Zune sharing.5 Share full-length tracks of your favorite songs, albums, playlists, pictures and even audio podcasts. Listen to the full track of any song you receive up to three times, and pass along songs you receive to other friends who have a Zune. If you like a song you receive, you can easily purchase it directly from your device through Zune Marketplace or add it to your wish list and buy it on your PC the next time you sync.

Xbox 360 integration. Plug your Zune into your Xbox 360 and customize the soundtrack in supported games. You can also stream music, pictures and videos from the Zune software on your PC to your Xbox 360 console using a wireless connection.

Recorded television content to go. The Zune software imports broadcast content recorded on Windows Media Center for Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate, so you can sync it onto your Zune and hit the road.6

Accessories. A full line of Zune accessories is available to enhance your experience wherever you are — at home, on the go, working out or in the car.

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