Blue 8GB Zune Confirmed Along with a Ton of New Features

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A cool new blue Zune was spotted at Fry's today, complete with some new features. The first, "Device to Cloud," allows users to access wireless hotspots to update music collections, browse Zune Marketplace, refresh Channels (another feature), exchange favorites, and buy tagged FM songs. "Channels" are custom stations that deliver "personalized playlists" to the Zune, and the cleverly named "Games" feature is, well, about games. Rumor is a few might even come preloaded on this blue Zune. Lastly, the "Buy From FM" feature lets you listen to FM radio stations and tag the songs' purchase when you sync with a PC. Full specs and other details down below.Key Features & Benefits Buy from FM • Listen to your favorite FM radio stations and click to tag the songs you like for later purchase when you sync your device with your PC1. Zune Pass • Download millions of tracks, whole albums or playlists with Zune® Pass subscription service. Explore new music or rediscover old favorites-then sync them all to your Zune Extend your subscription online or by purchasing a Zune Pass card. Wireless Sync • Connect to your home wireless network and remotely sync your Zune® device with your PC collection from your dock, AC adapter, or speaker dock accessory. Device to Cloud • Access thousands of wireless hotspots around the country to automatically update your collection, browse Zune Marketplace, refresh Channels, exchange favorites with friends, or buy songs you've tagged from your FM radio. Wireless Sharing • Send your favorite songs, albums, playlists, pictures and even audio podcasts freely between any Zune® devices. Channels • Zune® Channels are custom programming stations that deliver personalized playlists to your Zune® from a variety of sources you select, such as music experts, celebrities, or top radio stations. Games • Games rock on your Zune®. Zune® Players now come with a selection of fun free games to choose from. Play the popular poker game Texas Hold'em or challenge yourself to a game of Hexic, and make sure you play your favorite song from your collection to create your own personal game soundtrack. Video/TV Shows • Choose from a growing selection of TV shows now available on the Zune® Marketplace video store. Recorded TV shows or movies from Windows Media Center in Windows Vista can be imported and synced to your Zune. Specifications section • Capacity: 8GB • Digital Storage Media: Hard disk drive - built-in • Sound Output Mode: Stereo • Supported Digital Photo Standards: JPEG,Audio & Video Playback • Supported Digital Audio Standards: WMA, AAC, MP3 • Playback Modes: Random play / shuffle • Supported Digital Video Standards: MPEG-4, WMV, H.264 • Display Built-in Display: LCD-color • Diagonal Size: X" • Resolution: 320 x 240 • Battery: rechargeable-Lithium ion • Headphones: binaural-Earbuds • Included Accessories: 3 earpiece covers, sync cable • Connections Type:1 x docking station | 1 x USB | 1 x headphones [Fry's via Zunerama]

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I'm sick of people saying the Zune is so good. The Zune sucks, people only like it because they are losers that want to "go against the trend" and get an iPod. On a more objective note, the interface is horrid and is a pain to use along with the software. Probably one of the worst purchases I have ever made. Not to mention the Zune is just plain ugly (the blue is a little better though). Microsoft, stick to making reliable video game consoles, o wait you can't do that either. Then stick with your operating syste...wait nope. Wow I just realized that Microsoft has failed miserable in the past few years. The 360 sucks (the games are the only thinging keeping that piece of crap afloat), the Zune only sells a fraction of what Apple sells for iPods, and Vista had to be one of the most hyped-up flops in software history. Keep up the good work Microsoft!!

/ducks