The Microsoft Zune, with its intuitive interface and solid playback performance, will please most users. But lukewarm format support and the cool but limited Wi-Fi capability will have advanced users seeking more. The Zune is a very good start, though.
The Zune HD delivers one of the best portable music and video experiences money can buy. At a time when many people have shifted their focus to games and applications, providing a killer media experience may not be enough for potential Zune buyers.
The Zune software is a great complement to the Zune MP3 player, but there are few reasons to use it as a standalone media jukebox.
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The discount is part of Microsoft's 12 Days of Deals. The Xbox Music Pass streaming-music service normally costs $99.90 a year, but it will go for $49.90 on Friday.
In a taped deposition shown in antitrust court Friday, Apple's late CEO argued that record label contracts and security holes were the company's primary concern.
The free service will be retired on December 1 as Microsoft decides to focus on its subscription plan alone.
Microsoft has let its Zune and Windows Phone 7 users know that any content that they've bought on their devices won't be accessible after February next year. Users will have to upgrade to a Windows Phone 8 handset to stay current.