Zune is Microsoft's portable media player's name, it is also driving the device's software, and provide access to and sharing of media online services. "Zune" brand will be used in all Microsoft's media player, and other services.
2009 ZUNE GUIDE Welcome to our first annual Zune Guide! Inside you’ll find Zune tips, accessory reviews, buying recommendations, contests, recaps of the year, Zune trivia, and more. Thanks to the members, editors, and moderators of Zunerama for their contributions to this Guide. The Zune Guide is available as a free download from the following page: http://www.zunerama.com/download Got comments? Suggestions? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post your feedback through the Comments link on the download page. I hope you enjoy this guide and find it useful. - Harvey Harvey Chute Editor, Zunerama.com email@example.com Updated: Nov 10, 2008 zunerama.com 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Contents Year in Review..................................................... 1 Tip: Online Zune user manual ................................ 2 Zune 3.0............................................................. 4 You and Your Zune............................................... 5 Tip: Using Mixview ............................................... 5 Zune ID Card ...................................................... 6 Tip: Add life to your battery................................... 7 Tip: Get back what you’ve lost ............................... 8 Tip: Troubleshooting help...................................... 9 Zune gift ideas for guys .......................................10 Zune giveaways ..................................................12 Zune MVPs .........................................................13 Exclusive: Win a Zune 16gb player! .......................14 Tip: 14-day Zune Pass trial...................................14 Your voice: Zune user forums ...............................15 Tip: Secret button combo’s for your Zune...............17 Tip: Restore your content.....................................18 Zune gift ideas for gals ........................................19 Up close: Kicker’s ZK500 Zune dock ......................20 Up close: Incipio Metal Slider cases .......................21 Where the Zuners Are..........................................22 Tip: Get to main menu, fast..................................22 zunerama.com 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Zune Gift Ideas for Kids .......................................23 Video: Compare Zune 80gb, 120gb models.............24 Up close: iHome Zune clock radio..........................25 Zune Apps for Facebook, MySpace ........................27 Dress up your Zune with Wallpaper .......................28 Compare: flash Zune, iPod nano ...........................29 Compare: Zune 120, iPod Classic ..........................31 Put Zune Cards on your Vista desktop....................33 Tip: Speed up your Zune software.........................33 Connecting with Microsoft’s Zune Team..................34 Tip: Get a Zune Pass ...........................................35 Your Personal Music Memory ................................36 Tip: Keep Up with Zune News ...............................37 Golden Zune Awards ...........................................38 Tip: Never, ever, under any circumstances…...........38 Essential AutoPlaylists .........................................39 Zune Crosses the 49th Parallel...............................40 Tip: Get more Zune tips!......................................41 Index to Advertisers ............................................43 About Zunerama .................................................44 Last Word ..........................................................45 zunerama.com 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Year in Review We look back on 2008 as a pivotal year for Zune. A series of updates - some in surprising directions - resulted in sharp gains in credibility and respect for Zune, from the public as well as from technology media. After releasing a minor firmware update in January, Microsoft released version 2.5 of Zune software on May 6. Among other features, the release provided autoplaylists and gapless playback, and resolved metadata issues that had arisen with the 2.0 release. The social aspects of Zune expanded with Zune 2.5, including the ability to view and listen to tracks from friends' Zune Cards from the player. And, Zune Pass subscribers automatically receive full tracks of friends’ recent plays and favorites. Also in May, Microsoft released developer tools for creating games for Zune. While not designed for the casual gamer – syncing the games requires installation of a Game Studio development environment - the prospect of Zune games generated heavy interest from developers and Zune owners. zunerama.com 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Zune Marketplace expanded significantly in 2008. Audio track selection continued to grow, to over three million tracks. Television episodes were added to Marketplace in May, initially with 800 episodes. New networks, series, and episodes have been added since that time. In September 2008, a 16gb player was added to Zune’s flash player line-up, and a 120gb player joined Zune’s high-capacity hard drive player models. But the big story of 2008 was the release of Zune 3.0 on September 16th. This update expanded the music discovery and social offerings of the Zune environment, including the innovative Mixview, Channels, and Picks features. Impressively, all the new 3.0 features were made freely available for all Zune players, including first- generation players. T Tip: Online Zune user manual Have you seen the new and improved Zune user manual? It’s available online through Microsoft’s zune.net site. The manual is a good introduction to Zune players, software, Zune Marketplace, and Zune Social. zunerama.com 2 2009 ZUNE GUIDE zunerama.com 3 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Zune 3.0 Microsoft rolled out Version 3.0 of its Zune software and player firmware in September 2008. What’s new with 3.0? • New music discovery features like Mixview, Channels, and Picks. • Wireless hotspot browsing and purchasing from Zune Marketplace, as well as wireless refreshing of Channels and Friends. • Tag and buy songs heard on FM radio • Audiobook support, from Audible and Overdrive. Other updates include an enhanced Now Playing display, improved options for manual and smart sync, improved searching, and screen lock. Zune took a step forward as a games platform, with two preloaded games bundled with Version 3.0. And, a simple clock was added to the main player screen, causing great numbers of Zuners to wonder what wish-list feature they will next obsess over. Our online Zune 3.0 overview gives a closer look at the new features, with photos and screenshots. zunerama.com 4 2009 ZUNE GUIDE You and Your Zune See some of your fellow Zuners, in a variety of poses with their favorite music player. We love to see your pictures, and periodically run contests to reward Zuners who post pictures in our online gallery. So show off your Zune player! Grab your camera, and add your own pic to our Zune Photo Gallery. Tip: Using Mixview Mixview is a graphical ‘swirl’ of music and influences that can be a great way to find new music, or just to browse for fun. The Mixview button appears on the Now Playing screen. You can also click it when viewing an artist or album in your collection, or in Zune Marketplace. zunerama.com 5 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Zune ID Card Thanks to Zunerama members Trastan and Elxx, we now have an application that will generate your Zune ID card… instantly! What’s a Zune ID card? It’s a simple introductory “hello” graphic - that you can send when you’re in wireless range of another Zune owner. page. You can generate your own card at this page Speck ad zunerama.com 6 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Tip: Add life to your battery Here are some ways to stretch your player’s battery life: • Ensure you’re using the most current firmware. Later releases include enhancements that help battery life. • If you don’t expect to use Zune wireless, turn it off until you need it, or until you are in a ‘Social’ setting. • When charging, fully charge the player until the battery icon turns green. • Let your player discharge to half-full or less before re-charging. • Set backlight display time to shorter periods (15 seconds or less). • Lower the brightness level for the screen, to medium or lower. • Avoid heat and cold. The Zune battery lasts longest at room temperature. • Using the Zune’s controls and navigation consumes battery power. Use the Shuffle or Play All features and let it run on its own, for better battery life. zunerama.com 7 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Tip: Get back what you’ve lost Lose your preloaded content? If you can handle a 410MB download, you can get it back from Microsoft’s support site: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945035/en-us zunerama.com 8 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Tip: Troubleshooting help Is your Zune player misbehaving? Here are some troubleshooting tips that may help. 1. Turning your player off and on again resolves most problems. 2. If it is not responding, try rebooting your player (see the Button Combos tip to see how). 3. For answers to common how-to questions, view the Zune Users Guide. 4. The official Zune Support site has troubleshooting tips for various error messages and problems. 5. Browse Microsoft’s Zune.net forums for technical questions and assistance from that community. 6. Browse Zunerama’s technical support board for others who may have encountered similar problems, to see how they were resolved. 7. Post a description of your problem in the above forums. Our members may be able to help, and can steer you to troubleshooting threads that can help. 8. Browse through our Zune FAQ for answers to common questions and situations. 9. They’re of limited troubleshooting use, but you can download Zune manuals here. 10. Call the Zune help desk at 1-877-GET-ZUNE. It's open 7 days/week, from 6am to 10pm PST. zunerama.com 9 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Zune gift ideas for guys 5 gifts sure to please the Zune-man in your life. 1. Kicker ZK500 Zune stereo. It’s black. It’s 40 Watts of badness. And it will do justice to every song in your playlists. Released at $349, you can get it this holiday for a shade over $200. (Amazon link) 2. Zune 120GB + Deluxe Accessory Bundle. Wow him with this high-capacity Zune, Sony bud headphones, USB charger, and screen protectors. $289. (Amazon link) 3. SoundGate car audio system. Integrate Zune audio into your car’s stereo system. Soundgate’s CORE audio system makes it easy. (Amazon link) 4. Myvu Personal Media Viewer. For the geek who has everything: video goggles! These stylish wrap- around glasses display a large virtual screen right before your eyes. $175. (Amazon link) 5. VersaCharger Pro. For the heavy traveler, you can’t beat the convenience of this combination car lighter and AC charger for Zune. Comes with a retractable sync cable. $43. (Amazon link) zunerama.com 10 2009 ZUNE GUIDE INCIPIO AD 2 zunerama.com 11 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Zune giveaways What do arrokis, sw0rdf1sh, tmiz29, A-Str8, Sever79, Soundtweaker, fireboy, jonespopkid, m_zadell, HoldenCfld, Jason Trent, americangurl, djchocolate, lostspaz18, LPD, angel, RustyBurrito, jmmhooper, m2oshea, KushInatoR, lguorong, tosh9i, WGP2Win, and dozens more have in common? They are all winners of Zune players and accessories, from contests and giveaways at Zunerama. Zunerama has given away over 250 Zune players and accessories. The giveaway haul includes Zune hard-drive and flash players, Zune stereo docks, cases, skins, video glasses, and headphones. How do you get in on all this good fortune? Just head to our giveaway boards. Registered forum members can also view special Members-Only giveaways. Good luck! zunerama.com 12 2009 ZUNE GUIDE UNIQUE SKINS ad Zune MVPs Microsoft has a program for recognizing ‘Most Valuable Professionals’. Zunerama’s owner Harvey Chute was selected as a 2009 Zune MVP. This award gives Harvey a chance to provide input to the Zune team, from Zunerama’s community. Zune MVPs are from the following sites: beetstro.com, zunerama.com, zuneluv.com, zunethoughts.com, zunetracks.net, zune.net, ihaveazune.com, anythingbutipod.com, and insidethecircle.net. zunerama.com 13 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Exclusive: Win a Zune 16gb player! Win a Zune 16gb flash player, and other great Zune prizes in our Zune Guide giveaways! This contest is open *only* to people who have downloaded the 2009 Zune Guide! To enter: go to our giveaway board in the Zunerama forums. Click on our “Zune Guide Giveaways” thread, and have this guide handy. You’ll be asked to answer a question about this Guide. We’ll draw random winners from all correct entries. Throughout 2009, winners will be drawn to receive a great selection of Zune prizes, including a brand new 16gb Zune player. Check the giveaway thread, for drawing dates and to enter. Good luck! Tip: 14-day Zune Pass trial You can get a free trial of the Zune Pass subscription service, at this page: http://www.zune.net/en- us/products/zunepass/14daytrial.htm zunerama.com 14 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Your voice: Zune user forums Our Zune user forums continue to grow! We now have over 95,000 posts, in over 10,000 discussion threads. Here’s a shout out to our active moderators Jander and coot66. Thanks, guys – you are awesome! Zunerama’s user boards are organized into topic areas such as general discussions, accessories, help, giveaways, games, hacks and mods, wallpapers, and photo gallery. Registering is free and easy. Join us! zunerama.com 15 2009 ZUNE GUIDE INCIPIO AD 3 zunerama.com 16 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Tip: Secret button combo’s for your Zune Perform special player operations, using these button combinations: • Reboot: Press and hold the Back and Up buttons simultaneously. (This resolves most player problems!) • Sleep mode: Press and hold Back and Down. Your player will go to sleep, just as it would naturally after ten minutes of inactivity. • Reformat: This erases all content, but leaves your firmware intact. o V1 players: Reboot, and when the screen goes black, press and hold Back, Right, and OK. (‘OK’ is the center button on your control pad.) o V2 players: Reboot as above, then press and hold Back and Play. • Initialize: This erases content and clears your firmware. You’ll have to sync to a PC afterwards. o V1 players: Reboot, then hold Back, Left, and OK o V2 players: Reboot, then hold Back, OK, and Play Thanks to Matt from the Zune team for clarifying this. zunerama.com 17 2009 ZUNE GUIDE 22Moo Ad Tip: Restore your content At any time, you can restore purchased or subscription content from Marketplace. Go to Settings > Account, and choose Purchase History or Subscription History. Then browse to the content you want to restore. If you want to restore all purchased and subscription content, click on Restore All. This works well if you’ve changed PCs, or lost data on your hard drive. zunerama.com 18 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Zune gift ideas for gals 1. Red Zune 8GB. Lipstick-red, this tiny flash player is perfect for working out. It also slides easily into the slimmest of pockets. $149. (Amazon link) 2. Zune Home AV Pack v2. Amplify your Zune music through your home stereo. Watch Zune movies and video podcasts on your TV, too. $57. (Amazon link) 3. Gomadic horizontal leather case. This case is one of the few we’ve seen that top-loads your Zune into it, purse-style. $39.95. (Amazon link) 4. iHome Zune Speaker Dock. With Zune dock, radio, and alarm, it’s perfect for bedroom, kitchen, or office. My wife has hers on top of the fridge. $92. (Amazon link) 5. Belkin neoprene armband. This sports band holds your flash Zune player securely while you run or work out. $19. (Amazon link) zunerama.com 19 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Up close: Kicker’s ZK500 Zune dock One of the treats of 2008 for us was Kicker’s May release of its ZK500 Zune stereo. The stereo comes with adapter plates that make it compatible with all Zune player models. The ZK500 provides bass and treble adjustments, and well-designed controls throughout. A thin credit- card sized remote competently mirrors Zune player functions. Thoughtful features aside, it's the sound that counts. Kicker doesn't disappoint, with five-inch woofers, 40- watt stereo amplifiers, and a square six-inch subwoofer - all in an attractive, compact package. You can see (and hear) the ZK500 in our full video and photo review. zunerama.com 20 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Up close: Incipio Metal Slider cases In a Zunerama exclusive, we reviewed Incipio’s new metal slider cases for Zune. The brushed finish gives a really sharp look to these protective cases. A clear front shield protects the screen, and the case provides open access to buttons and touch pad. Made of very thin anodized aluminum, the cases add very little weight and almost no bulk to your player. The cases come with both a spring-clasp belt clip and a kickstand clip. To see more shots of these cases, including the antique copper finish, see our photo review. zunerama.com 21 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Where the Zuners Are Are you on our Zune map yet? Our Zunerama Frappr map lets you mark your location, and see locations of other Zune owners around the world. The map has been viewed over 140,000 times! Click the map to poke your pin into it, or go to http://www.frappr.com/zunerama Tip: Get to main menu, fast From any function on your player, you can go immediately to the player main menu. Just press and hold the Back button. zunerama.com 22 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Zune Gift Ideas for Kids 1. Zune 4GB player. My younger daughters have no problem watching entire movies and TV shows on the crisp display of these tiny players. They named their pink Zune player “Bubble Gum” and the glossy red one “Lipstick”. (My green player is “Gumby”.) $149. (Amazon link) 2. Tough-Skin. Protect that player from unexpected bumps and falls. Speck’s Tough-Skin puts a rubbery cushion all around your child’s Zune. From $20. (Amazon link) 3. Gears of War Zune. This is a specialty-item – a customized Zune with graphics and content from the popular Gears of War game. They can be hard to come by, but Amazon is currently listing them. $279. (Amazon link) 4. Incipio Race Day leather flip case. Teens and tweens will enjoy the colorful style of this case. $18. (Amazon link) 5. Skins! You can get brightly-designed vinyl skins to dress up your Zune player. Dozens of designs are available. We like the quality and the selection from Unique Skins and from DecalGirl. zunerama.com 23 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Video: Compare Zune 80gb, 120gb models The main difference between the Zune 120 and Zune 80 is, well, 40 GB of capacity. This quickie video shows the new glossy finish of the Zune 120 and compares it side-by-side with the Zune 80. You can also see the back of the 120, which is a matte black, unlike the silver on the 80. Click on the above pic to view the video. zunerama.com 24 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Up close: iHome Zune clock radio The ZN9 is the world's first Zune clock radio. With a rich feature set - including Zune adapter plates, gradual wake and sleep settings, separate week- day/weekend alarm times, multiple dimmer settings - we found a lot to like in the ZN9. And its $99 price tag doesn't hurt the wallet much either. A sleep feature lets you listen to Zune or AM/FM radio, with a scheduled shutdown in 15, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes. That shutdown can also be set to a gradual fade-away. A different volume can be set for "sleep" mode, distinct from the "wake to" volume. Alarms have a 7-5-2 feature which allows separate alarm times to be set for weekdays and weekends. With its thoughtful controls, full feature set, and good sound quality, the ZN9 is an impressive addition to the growing selection of Zune accessories. See and hear this one-of-a-kind accessory in our video review. zunerama.com 25 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Incipio Ad 4 zunerama.com 26 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Zune Apps for Facebook, MySpace You can now integrate your Zune Card with your Facebook or MySpace page. Your Zune Card is an interactive widget. Viewers of your card can scroll through your recently-played music, favorite tracks, and your most-played artists. The cards are commonly seen in Zune Social. We also allow the cards to appear in our member’s signature blocks in Zunerama’s forums. Want to put your Zune Card on your social pages? For Facebook, click here for instructions. For MySpace and other webpages, click here. zunerama.com 27 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Dress up your Zune with Wallpaper Zune was one of the first music players to allow you to customize the player’s display with your own wallpaper. Many Zune owners engage in collecting, creating, and sharing Zune wallpaper. You can browse and download wallpaper for your Zune player, from our Wallpaper Gallery. The above graphic shows a sampling from our ‘nature’ collection. zunerama.com 28 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Compare: flash Zune, iPod nano It’s no secret where the main competition for Zune lies. The table below summarizes the latest nano players with Zune flash players. The essential differences and similarities: • Both are the same price, at $149 for 8GB capacity and $199 for 16GB. • Nano has a 2-inch screen, while the Zune has a 1.8-inch screen. • Both support music, video, pictures, podcasts. • Zune has wireless capability, which means it lets you find and purchase new tracks from its online store from wireless hotspots. • Zune has FM radio. You can tag a song you’ve listened to and also purchase it wirelessly. • Zune can be synced wirelessly to your PC. • Both have 320×240 resolution screens, and have touch-sensitive input devices (the Zune Pad and the Clickwheel). • Both are available in multiple colors. Nano has more colors available. • Nano has an accelerometer, used for games, for “shuffling” music, and for switching from portrait to landscape mode. zunerama.com 29 2009 ZUNE GUIDE The following comparison table gives essential specifications for Zune flash and iPod nano players. zunerama.com 30 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Compare: Zune 120, iPod Classic Essential differences and similarities between the Zune 120GB and the iPod Classic: • Both are the same price, at $249. • Zune has a 3.2-inch screen; iPod Classic has a 2.5-inch screen. • Both support music, video, pictures, podcasts. • Zune has wireless capability, for syncing to PC, and for accessing Marketplace from wireless hotspots. • Zune has FM radio. You can tag a song you’ve listened to and also purchase it wirelessly. • Zune can be synced wirelessly to your PC. • Both have 320×240 resolution screens, and have touch-sensitive input devices (the Zune Pad and the Clickwheel). • iPod Classic is available in black and white; Zune 120 is available only in black. zunerama.com 31 2009 ZUNE GUIDE The following comparison table gives essential specifications for Zune 120GB and iPod Classic. zunerama.com 32 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Put Zune Cards on your Vista desktop Got Vista? You can use this gadget to display your interactive Zune Card on your desktop or sidebar. The gadget gives you all the Zune Card functionality - listening to music, browsing favorites and other music lists, as well as your choice of different sizes of cards. Got multiple Zune Cards in your household? No problem - just open a new gadget for each card. Tip: Speed up your Zune software If your PC Zune software is lagging, try this: • Turn off the Now Playing option under Settings > Display. • Adjust the animation and premium graphics settings under Settings > Display. zunerama.com 33 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Connecting with Microsoft’s Zune Team In preparation for 2008’s MVP Global Summit, Zunerama’s editors surveyed our forum members. We asked for opinions and feedback on Zune software, hardware, Marketplace, podcasting, codec support, games, Zune Pass, and Zune Social. We received over 200 responses to the survey. (Thank you!) We compiled the results, and brought them to the Microsoft campus where we met with the Zune team. We were impressed with how intently the Zune team focused on the user feedback. And it was good to hear that they drop by Zunerama.com from time to time, to take a pulse on the user community. Zunerama was again awarded Microsoft’s MVP award for 2009, so we will be at next year’s MVP Summit - to represent you, and the Zune user community, as well as we can. So make your voice heard in the Zunerama forums. Your suggestions, ideas, and feedback just might find their way to the Redmond campus! zunerama.com 34 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Tip: Get a Zune Pass We know, we know. You don’t believe in renting. You don’t like DRM (rights-protected) music. We’ve heard all that. We have felt that way, too. But, seriously. Get a Zune Pass. For the cost of one CD per month, you can access millions of tracks on Zune Marketplace. Download them with abandon to your PC. Load up your Zune. And you’ll experience music like you never have before. Access all the new (and old) music you want, without being nickled and dimed every time you’re curious about a new track. In our forums, most people who’ve tried it have become fervent Zune Pass evangelists. Do yourself a favor. Try it. DecalGirl ad zunerama.com 35 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Your Personal Music Memory “Sadie, by Joanna Newsom. The lyrics are nearly incomprehensible, but there's a sadness and beauty and desperation in there that always captivates me…” “I gotta go with "Hot For Teacher" by the mighty Van Halen. Always reminds me of my 11th grade Chem teacher, Mrs. Hirsch…” “Don McLean's American Pie. I had my first serious crush when that song was playing on a bus, and now, whenever I hear it, I'm reminded of how I felt that day…” While music is All About The Social - I don't need to tell a fellow Zuner that, right? - it's also of course deeply intimate and individual. I'm reminded of that in a recent Zunerama contest, where we asked you to tell us about a song that means something personal to you. We received over 140 responses - some touching, some funny, some a little naughty, many of them close to the heart. From those entries we chose a winner – Viva La Matt – who received a ZK500 Zune stereo dock. Got a special song from your past? Tell us about it! zunerama.com 36 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Tip: Keep Up with Zune News Did you know that hundreds of Zunerama visitors subscribe to our RSS feed? It's an easy way to keep track of updates to our blog and forum. Subscribing is easy! Here's how: 1. Go to Zunerama.com. 2. Click on the RSS feed icon near the bottom of the page: 3. If you haven’t already done so, specify an RSS reader to use. (I like browser-based readers, like Google Reader.) 4. That's it! Now whenever you open your Reader, it'll list the latest Zunerama blog entries. You can also subscribe to our forum feed, which lists the latest posts. The URL for that feed is http://zunerama.com/forum/index.php?type=rss;action=.xml. You can copy and paste that URL into your RSS reader as well. zunerama.com 37 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Golden Zune Awards Each year, we give our members a chance to vote on their favorite Zune sites. These awards offer a chance for us to tip our hats to other sites doing great work for the Zune community. Our 3rd annual Golden Zune awards recognize Zune websites in categories of Zune blog, Zune user forum, tech support site, humor, international site, music discovery, and Zune podcast. You can see voting results at this link. Tip: Never, ever, under any circumstances… …should you go swimming with your Zune. Pic credit: Korneel zunerama.com 38 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Essential AutoPlaylists Autoplaylists are one of the most useful features in Zune Software. Here’s a list of essential autoplaylists, from Zunerama moderator Jander: Recently added – Creates a playlist with the most recently-added music in your collection. Rated tracks – Puts all music you've rated with a ‘heart’ under one playlist. 100 Most played - Songs you listen to most. (Set your "song plays" to "more than" 20, for example, and set your "Song limit" to 100. Best of Genres – For example, "Best of Indie-Rock" has songs in that genre that are rated with a “heart”. 2008 - Songs in your collection from a particular year. You can also set up similar playlist for a decade – everybody needs a 70s playlist, right? Recently Loved – Recently-added tracks that you’ve rated as “love it”. New songs you’re into right now. Best of Favorite Artists – Specify your five favorite artists (separated by semi-colons in the album artist field). Then designate a rating of “heart”. Random Unplayed - Randomly selected songs you've never played. Should be loved - Most played songs that aren't rated yet. That’s a start. See more playlist tips..! zunerama.com 39 2009 ZUNE GUIDE insert ZuneOne ad Zune Crosses the 49th Parallel Zune took its first steps outside of the US in 2008, with its June 13th release in Canada. We were at the Vancouver Zune launch party, and posted pix and video from that event. Outside of Canada, Microsoft has not yet announced release dates for Zune. Maybe 2009? We can hope! zunerama.com 40 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Cucusoft ad Tip: Get more Zune tips! Can’t get enough Zune tips? We recently hosted a contest where we asked Zune owners to submit tips. We received over 100 tips as a result. Check them out in this forum thread! zunerama.com 41 2009 ZUNE GUIDE INCIPIO AD 5 zunerama.com 42 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Index to Advertisers 22Moo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Cucusoft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 DecalGirl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Incipio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3, 11, 16, 26, 42 M2 Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Speck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Unique Skins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 ZuneOne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Thank you to these companies for supporting Zunerama - and for helping to bring this Zune Guide to you. Clicking on their ads will take you directly to their product sites. Interested in advertising in next year’s Zune Guide? Send an inquiry email to firstname.lastname@example.org. zunerama.com 43 2009 ZUNE GUIDE About Zunerama Zunerama is an independent website for Zune enthusiasts. The site was established in July 2006 – almost four months before the release of the first-generation Zune player. Our mission has always been to provide a friendly, knowledgeable gathering place for Zune owners and for all those interested in Zune. Zunerama provides active and well-moderated online discussion boards, as well as Zune news and commentary through our blog. We conduct photo and video reviews of Zune players and accessories. Zunerama has been referenced by major media outlets, including the Hollywood Reporter, Seattle Times, and the Houston Chronicle. Zunerama is a leading site for Zune contests and giveaways. We have conducted over 250 giveaways of Zune players and accessories since our launch. Harvey Chute, the founder and lead editor of Zunerama, is the technical editor and co-author of Wiley's Zune for Dummies book. He received Microsoft's 2007 and 2008 MVP award (Most Valuable Professional) for Digital Media / Zune. zunerama.com 44 2009 ZUNE GUIDE Last Word The last word is yours. We want your feedback, suggestions, and ideas for next year’s Zune Guide. Contact us at email@example.com, or through the Comments link in our Zune Guide download page: http://www.zunerama.com/download Thank you! zunerama.com 45
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