Zune update brings TV shows, more social features

By on May 6, 2008, 9:00 AM
A year and a half after debuting its first Zune, Microsoft is finally going after the TV download market with its portable media device via a software update that will bring this and a host of social networking functions to the table.

Microsoft ventured into downloadable video sales for the Zune late last year when it released its second-generation players and software, but the content was limited to music videos. As of today, however, Zune Marketplace will start selling TV shows for 160 points – or about $1.99 – from a variety of networks including NBC, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Cartoon Network.

In addition to the new video offerings, the Zune 2.5 spring update brings new features including the ability to subscribe to a friend’s music playlist, gapless music playback (finally!) and playlists that automatically update themselves based on criteria set by the user. The update should go live today and you can get it through the Zune software installed on your computer.

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N!Sung said:
A bit late for this? I had the zune and hardly ever used it. Finally sold the zune for a measly 50 bucks and got a slick new PSP Slim. Does everything what the zune does but obviously play games and you can install in homebrew apps. Absolutely amazing crystal clear display that I have ever seen.
canadian said:
So.... Is it finally getting a good working program to back it up?
I got my Zune fuken stolen but I think I may never really ever EVER buy an mp3 player again cause now I have the blackberry curve and I can put music on it and I know I will NEVER wanna watch tv shows on it while driving my car somewhere... I just don't see myself having that much time if i'm out of my house, have to either be the type w/ no car and ridin busses or still in highschool doin whatever
canadian said:
Warning, the Vista 64 bit version killed my windows installation.
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