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					                                    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 zuneguide@zunerama.com, 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
admin@zunerama.com

Updated: Nov 10, 2008




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                           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


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 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




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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.

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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




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               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.




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               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




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                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.

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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)


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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!


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                  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.


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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

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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!



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                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.


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                     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.



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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)




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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.




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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.




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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.




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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.




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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.




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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.




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The following comparison table gives essential
specifications for Zune flash and iPod nano players.




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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.




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The following comparison table gives essential
specifications for Zune 120GB and iPod Classic.




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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.


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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!




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                 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.


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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!




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                 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.




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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



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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..!


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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!
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               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!




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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 zuneguide@zunerama.com.




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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.




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Last Word
The last word is yours. We want your feedback,
suggestions, and ideas for next year’s Zune Guide.
Contact us at zuneguide@zunerama.com, or through
the Comments link in our Zune Guide download
page:


    http://www.zunerama.com/download


Thank you!




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