Fry's Electronics leaks more slim-Zune details

Features of the 120GB Microsoft music player, which has recently shown up on the retailer's shelves and site, include "Device to Cloud" customizable music channels, and free games.

New 8GB slim Zune shows up on Fry's Electronics online store for $150. Fry's Electronics

Last week, a reader noticed that a new 120GB Microsoft Zune had simply been added to the shelf at his local Fry's Electronics without fanfare.

Now the Fry's Electronics online store, Frys.com, has added a slim blue 8GB version of the Zune for $149.99 with a notably new set of features. The slim Zune, which also comes in silver or black, will come with free games and the ability to create your own personalized soundtracks to your games.

Most intriguing is a feature called "Device to Cloud."

"Access thousands of wireless hot spots 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," according to the description on Frys.com.

The "Channels" are programmable music stations that select songs at random from a range of playlists, radio stations, and other sources you preselect. We're thinking that it bares similarity to how you might program Pandora stations.

The slim Zune also includes an FM tuner and the ability to tag songs you hear on the radio to download when you're back at your PC.

It also has the usual Zune wireless sync for your home computer and library, wireless sharing of songs or photos with other Zunes, and the ability to play a selection of videos and TV shows.

The thing is, we're still waiting for the official press announcement, or something to pop up on the official Zune Web site. Is this a new nonmarketing tactic from Microsoft?

Kudos to Zunerama and the Zune fans there who have been on top of this.

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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet, Silicon.com, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.

 

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