Helps the user interface with a Zune device through a desktop
Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista
Microsoft, a company that arguably created one of the heftiest number of devices, has a high likelihood that it has never created anything quite as controversial as the Zune software. The company wanted this software to rival that of Apple and its iPod. Microsoft's Zune attempts to throw the king off his thrown and wear the crown of popularity. Unfortunately, it tends to fail in some big ways, which is probably why it never managed to pick up as much steam as the Apple iPod.
This software does exactly what it sets out to do like play music or videos, but you'll likely spot how the quality isn't always the best. In fact, we have a rather inconsistent quality compared to what you might get with the iPod. You shouldn't, however, take that to mean that the Zune won't do a phenomenal job, but it doesn't quite stack up to the iPod like the developers at Microsoft had hoped.
Microsoft has taken a few cues from Apple in learning how to keep things simple with their programs. For example, when you look at the interface of Microsoft, you have a simple and easy-to-use interface that goes a long way to win the hearts of its users. The icons look big with responsive buttons, and you also have a clear menu that you can use for browsing on Zune. It's quite effortless and enjoyable. Microsoft has had some strong and snarling competition against it, and in fact, the market is already inundated with some of these products, which is one of the reasons that Microsoft fails to make a big imprint in a meaningful way. Their only real advantage comes from their platform. They have the backing of a powerful search engine, and they also have hired some of the top developers for the Zune software, which you can't find on many of the other programs.
Anyone who loves the Microsoft brand may want to check out the Zune. This app works well, and you can't find it on some of the other platforms, which makes it more exclusive. The company has even updated the Video and Music store to make it look more fashionable and hip.
Who is the Zune for? Anyone who hates Apple should go out and support the Zune instead. While some people might not have much better opinion of Microsoft, it is an option over Apple. The Zune did kind of flop, but in some of the other ways, it helped to revive this great American tech company. Some of the future technology that Microsoft has released has even added a part of Zune into it.
Zune software is also known as Zune Marketplace. It's a superstore for entertainment that is available 24/7. With Zune you can browse music, videos, podcasts, television shows and movies. Zune works with Microsoft-powered devices, such as the Xbox 360 console, Windows 7 phones and PCs. With a monthly subscription, Zune offers you unlimited access to millions of songs and all the entertainment you can handle.
A subscription for Zune is $14.99/month for unlimited access. With each month of downloads, you get to keep 10 songs. If you cancel your monthly subscription, you only get to keep the 10 per month that you were given. You will not be able to play back the rest of the entertainment. Zune files cannot be burned onto a CD, but you can burn music from a CD to Zune.
In addition to buying a monthly subscription to Zune for unlimited music and entertainment, you can also buy points. While you can't buy just enough points for one song, you can buy 400 points for $5. 400 points comes out to be approximately five songs. This option can be great for someone who just wants a few select songs, but avid music listeners and movie buffd would benefit more from a Zune pass.
Zune offers a sleek, stylish interface that's easy to use. It's split into four sections: Collection, Social, Quickplay and Marketplace. Collection holds all of your existing content. All of your files and current Windows Media playlists are present in the collections section. Marketplace, on the other hand, is where you browse through millions of tracks, videos and other entertainment to buy or download. There's a search box at the top, which makes finding your titles fast and simple. Under the Social section, you can connect to other Zune users who share similar tastes in entertainment. Under the Quickplay section, you can quickly get to your favorite content.
? A massive database of music and entertainment.
? Easy-to-use sleek design.
? Simple interface.
? The ability to stream or buy music, movies, videos and podcasts.
? Unlike iTunes, you have the choice of which file format you want.
? You can put the content on up to three Macs/PCs and Zune devices.
? You have to purchase a subscription or points to buy and download music.
? Only compatible with Xbox 360, Zune players and Windows Media Player.
? You can't burn any songs to a CD.
? Some songs don't have a subscription-base right so you can't download them, you have to buy them.
? Once you stop paying your monthly Zune Pass, you can no longer listen to the tracks downloaded.