Review: Casa Tunes Multi-Zone Audio with Media Center

Aug 12, 2009 by

For years I have been slowly building up a multi-zone audio system in my home. The first system I had was based off of my Yamaha AV receiver that had a second zone output, to which I used to feed speakers in my garage. Later on I expanded that to also feed audio into my kitchen/living room area,...

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Zune80 $149.99 With A/V Dock at Woot.com

Jul 15, 2009 by

If you just can’t wait for the ZuneHD and want to get your hands on portable media player now, you won’t see this price again until sometime after the HD’s launch. Woot has the Zune 80GB (normally $250) with the home A/V dock (normally somewhere north of $50 online) for $149.99 today. ...

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Does Microsoft Allow Employees to Talk to Each Other?

Jul 8, 2009 by

Many people would call Michael Jackson dying a tragedy while others couldn’t care less.  But I’m not writing this to talk about Michael Jackson.  Well, sort of.  What I want to talk about is the fact that his funeral was netcast in HD via inMusic in Canada.  The cast wasn’t country...

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Zune HD Rumor: 16 and 32GB-Sept8th Launch

Jun 24, 2009 by

Gizmodo claims to have someone on the inside… This anonymous tipster has provided documentation stating that the Zune HD will launch on September 8th and come in 16 and 32GB varieties.  It’s not the 80GB that I’m used to now, but it’ll do. Head over to Gizmodo for the full...

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Zune HD Rumors and Power Consumption

Jun 17, 2009 by

Zune Thoughts published two interesting articles yesterday regarding the upcoming ZuneHD.  The first is one that a lot of people have been wondering about, and while it’s still a rumor, it’s worth mentioning.  It’s starting to look more and more like the ZuneHD will be using the Nvidia...

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Zune 4GB And Car Pack: $100 or Less

Jun 2, 2009 by

We all know the ZuneHD is on the way.  But, if you don’t want to wait until it releases, you have a chance to pick up a 4GB Zune and a Car Pack for less than $100 from Buy.com. I can tell you from experience that the car pack alone normally runs right around $70 so really, you’re getting it...

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Zune Video Marketplace on XBOX Live

Jun 1, 2009 by

Microsoft announced more details about the integration between the XBOX Live Video Marketplace and the Zune Marketplace today at their Electroic Entertainment Expo press conference. The biggest new features are that you will now be able to get videos in 1080p. You also won’t have to wait...

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Gizmodo Grabs Video of the ZuneHD

May 28, 2009 by

We’re finally getting some first looks of the ZuneHD via Gizmodo.  The tech site got a few minutes to play with the new device and was able to get some pictures and video. To me, it looks a little small.  That would probably confirm that at least the first generation of the new Zune...

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Overdrive to Provide Audio Compatibility with iPod

May 27, 2009 by

You’ll soon be able to access the audio book catalogs of top publishers via Overdrive simply by upgrading to the latest software.  Publishers include Random House, Penguin Audio, BBC Audiobooks, Tantor Media and others. In June, when users upgrade to version 3.2 of the Overdrive software on...

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Zune HD Confirmed By Microsoft

May 26, 2009 by

CNet is reporting that Microsoft has officially confirmed that the Zune HD will be released this fall.  Set up to go head to head with the iPod Touch, MS spokesman Chris Stephenson said that Zune buyers will be able to playback HD content on their TVs via a dock. From the CNet article: The Zune...

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Zune Upgrade Plan

May 26, 2009 by

Zune Scene is today reporting that Microsoft is going to unveil an upgrade plan for Zune owners starting in June.  The plan apparently is targeted at owners of out of warranty Zune 30s which will no longer be sold.  It doesn’t appear however that it will be limited to those...

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Using EncodeHD For Portable Devices

May 20, 2009 by

Reading here, you know I love my Zune.  But, there is one thing I absolutely hate about it and that’s the fact that Microsoft refuses to allow you to convert and sync certain video codecs and containers.  A lot of MS products are like this so it isn’t really a surprise.  The same goes for...

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