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It's here! The Zune prototype disclosed  

Klaus Silberbauer / Tuesday, August 01, 2006



Here it is! Microsoft's iPod-killer - seamlessly integrated with Windows Mediaplayer and as sleak and easy to use as its software counterpart.

If Microsoft ever decided to release such a player with a big TFT display like that with the WMP interface at the same price of an iPod then Apple would be doomed.

 

Good one! :-)

So, we'll be using mechanical sliders to rwnd/ffwd tracks?

 

Actually, a device with an interface like that would probably do well. I know I will buy one of it.


Nevertheless, good one :)

 

I wonder what happens when the user presses the X button... does it crash?

 

I like the fact that you can use the X to make the whole thing disappear, or minimize it with the _ in the upper right corner. Haven't seen that on a hardware device yet!

 

If you press minimize it will become iPod Nano.

 

Microsoft MUST put a button that will report ANY crashes/bugs to them. And maybe some genuine advantage mechanism as well that will connect to their servers every time you listen to a song that's not with DRM. A nice message like 'Your song is not genuine' will pop up asking you to buy it from them. Expect the unexpected.

 

Errmmm!
Yeah! right... of course that's f-real!
LMAO

 

...also... whre's the CTRL-ALT-DEL KEY ???

 

That's the exciting thing, it doesn't need CTRL-ALT-DEL it will have RESET.

 

Add the "check for security updates" button as well.

 

@ eddy young & others:

maybe it will use a touch-sensitive scrollbar such as used in new alpine car-stereo headunits? that doesn't seem like a bad idea.

i like the design, rather simple and user-friendly, especially for those who are familiar with ms media player... and i just _love_ the big screen!

 

I heard it has an awesome battery life of 10 minutes, even with the display dimmed.

 

This is hilarious, good one!

 

nao tem como isso ser verdade..
primeiro porque o visual esta totalmente desatualizado.. esse da imagem eh do WMP 9.... estamos no 11... outra coisa, a tela eh somente o quadrado preto ou os outros botoes tb? se for somente a tela preta, o que faz um botao MINIMIZAR num aparelho com apenas UMA FUNCAO ?!?!!?!?!?!?! ou melhor, com apenas UM SOFTWARE?!!?!? ou entao esse vai ser um mini-notebook entao...
eu acho q alguem pegou a imagem do WMP9 e colocou-a em 3D.... apenas isso......
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first this layout is totaly out. the interface is from wmp9 and we have the wmp11. and the screen is the black part, or all front of the player? and if the screen is only the black part, what the funcion of a MINIMIZE button?! the player have more softwares?! or this is a mini-notebook?!
i think that someone get the image from WMP9 put it on 3D only this....

 

nao tem como isso ser verdade..
primeiro porque o visual esta totalmente desatualizado.. esse da imagem eh do WMP 9.... estamos no 11... outra coisa, a tela eh somente o quadrado preto ou os outros botoes tb? se for somente a tela preta, o que faz um botao MINIMIZAR num aparelho com apenas UMA FUNCAO ?!?!!?!?!?!?! ou melhor, com apenas UM SOFTWARE?!!?!? ou entao esse vai ser um mini-notebook entao...
eu acho q alguem pegou a imagem do WMP9 e colocou-a em 3D.... apenas isso......
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first this layout is totaly out. the interface is from wmp9 and we have the wmp11. and the screen is the black part, or all front of the player? and if the screen is only the black part, what the funcion of a MINIMIZE button?! the player have more softwares?! or this is a mini-notebook?!
i think that someone get the image from WMP9 put it on 3D only this....

 

Kudos to Crisk, who has at least a suspicion that it's a JOKE!

 

The Info Exame magazine believed:

http://info.abril.com.br/aberto/infonews/082006/01082006-3.shl

The headline says:

Danish (I hope thats right) publishes supposed design for Zune.

If they had read one of the comments, or even if they had noticed the _ and X buttons.

 

Oh my. Brasil. This is fun.

 

is fugly.

fugly as hell.

 

No, it won't crash when you press the X-button, it will simply vanish. But you can easily conjur it up again by reading out loud the Zune EULA which comes with the device.

 

This is possibly the greatest product M$FT never made!!

 

Nah maybe they should consider this even if they havnt allready i would so buy one

 

Excellent. Very amusing sir!

 

The real one will be along Zune. Why not a free giveaway with Vista?

Sorry, M$, it's all going to go horribly wrong.

 

Surely the device wouldn't be a 4:3 ratio screen? Any PMP that doesn't go 16:9 is going to look dated really quickly. None the less, nice mock-up.

 

I have had three of the protoypes. Go for the extended warranty on this, those left/right sliders break real easy.

 

Hahahaha - it is so ugly i can not look at the thing - hahahaha. Apple rules, yes!

 

E vocÍs acreditaram!

 

Yes!
Now I can minimize... and close the player!

 

Never mind the "X" button, Microsoft has invented instantaneous nano technology. Just press the "Minimize" button and the player will collapse to the size of a taskbar item. I dont know around the world, but the idiots here in Brazil are reporting this as a true to form image of the "prototype".

 

Yup, InfoEXAME (from Brazil) is an usual "swallower". The guy who writes there is an intern, not a journalist at all.

About this pic, even if it were a proof of concept of some sort (and apart the obvious jokes with _ and X and the freakin' PHYSICAL scroll bar), I believe they must stick with a rectangular (taller than wider) design. Players are most about portability, and a huge big square like that doesn't look like something I could carry in my pocket...

 

Now, Exame Informatica (Portugal)! They had believed! Look at this:

http://exameinformatica.clix.pt/noticias/hardware/213681.html

 

Actualy i doubt this will be the look of zune. There are rumors that the zune will also be a portable game console, something that i think is impossible with this look

 

I wonder what happens when you turn it off? Does it simply vanish like the normal MP in windows? Or does it go to the same place where the TV picture goes when you turn it off?

 

Hey, people... it's called a joke.

I wonder if there are infinite jacks for all of my plugins and vsts. I like th burning feature the best. You can also touch 'menu' and go to 'save as' and then you can generate an ipod nano. Think of the millions you can make!

 

if microsoft implements such tech like warning the user that for some reason the music witch has not DRM... well I would't buy it!

the design is weel done but is a little big to keep in a pocket!!

however if microsoft give the user some GPS software or something like that capable of running in the ZUNE...
wow amazing :D

see ya fellows :D

 

It would be awsome if it is touch screen

 

Excelent ideia the concept of making a player that emulate a software player!! Usually is the other way around. So Millions of persons already are use to use microsoft player, why not use that as a leverage??? Of course using the 16:9 ratio screen!! And if possible being a portable game console to fight agaist Sony PSP.
Almost all coments make a joke with the X button,, Hello ??? Would be an excelent ideia for a PowerOff!! You would turn of the equipament as you are use to do it on your computer!!! It's just good KISS (Keep it simple stupid) ideia, excelent marketing to sale the product. IF YOU WERE only being funny, let me say it's a superb ideia... I would buy one !!!

 

that is for sure not what the Zune will look like! Somebody made that. Can't you people tell.

 

He He!!!

http://www.mszune.com/

http://mszune.com/zune-news-rumors/37-zune-final-design.html

Drop this guy an email:

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/rbach/default.mspx

 

Great joke, and nice picturework.

I for one would buy this thing, if it were for real - especially if it were a bit more 16:9'ish in format... :-)

 

Dear Sir !
Can you confirm,that this new Zune have a 17 inch screen and a weight about 3,5 stone ?

 

I think I'll keep using my iPods . this unit is doomed at the start. It's way to big ...

 

"Dear Sir !
Can you confirm,that this new Zune have a 17 inch screen and a weight about 3,5 stone ?"

What would 3,5 stone be in metrics? :)

Nah - do you really think MS will market something bulky, overweight.. and maybe even blatantly overloaded with features nobody will ever even consider using?

 

Another great feature that's been overlooked is that it ships with all aspect ratios. You just grab the lower right hand corner and stretch it.

 

This has GOT to be the BEST design EVER rofl. Good one.

 

It would be better if this prototipe came with the new WMP 11 interface... this interface shown here sucks... its obsolet

 

cummon guys windows media player itself as a software is disgusting to use with bogus shortcuts like Ctrl p to play you cannot forward a track i doubt it will make an impact if it does ill call winamp and they too will make the "zune killer"

 

Actually if you want the WMP11 interface you just download the update from microsoft. Just watch out for the Zune Genuine Advantage checks.

 

Wake up boys (and girls)!...

Why doesn't anybody talk about the headphones?

Have you seen the 2Km of wire? It makes the zune very portable for about 2miles...

without jokes, I think MS can do much better unless the goal is insted of coming up with a portable MP3, coming up with a movie player.

Maybe MS will present two solutions one "big" with some advanced processor capable of running software like GPS and do mobilephone functions that would be usefull if you drive a lot.

It would be the all-in-one: MP3, radio, some office appliaction, PDA, movie player,... as Durao Barroso (President of EU) said: "sky is the limit"

The other version, much more portable and sheep... that should be named the iPod killer as I'm sure it will.
But it starts losing because iPod is in market or a while. The only chance for Zune is to improve what iPod has wrong and do some brain storm.

Waiting for Zune...

 

Meh, if thats not real, it should be, id definitely buy one. Way nicer than the ipods and actually looks as if it could be a decent video player as well. Chances are its fake though as im not convinced MS could actually produce something as nice as that "/ Chances are the real Zunes gonna be that ugly grey lump that's posted around the internet.

X button would make a good off switch and physical scroll bar could easily be touch screen "/

 

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