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Zune 3.0 software review

CNET's Donald Bell reviews the Zune 3.0 media jukebox software.

Screen shot of Zune 3 software.
The Zune software is coming into its own, but it's still no iTunes-killer.

The Zune desktop software has historically been a necessary evil for Zune owners. The original version of the software released in 2006 was nothing more than Windows Media Player 11 with a fresh coat of paint and a built-in store. Then, the remodeled, stripped-down, and buggy Version 2.0 was unveiled in 2007, forcing CNET's Molly Wood to sever her ties with Zune.

The third time may be the charm for Microsoft. Version 3.0 of the Zune software shows some real promise as a stable and attractive multimedia jukebox.

There's still much work to be done before this PC-only software will hold any appeal beyond the Zune-owners of the world, but there are plenty of things the software gets right. To read my full account of the pros and cons of using the Zune software as your computer's media jukebox, click through to read the Zune 3.0 software review on CNET Reviews.