Saturday, November 22, 2008

Zune 3.1 Update, Zune Pass Changes and More

I do not frequently write about hardware. However, I really am enjoying my Zune 8. With each change Microsoft has made to the Zune since the original release, it just keeps getting better. A Zune would certainly make a nice Holiday gift, whether for yourself, a family member or that special someone.

Zune 3.1 Update

The 3.1 update includes additional games, a change to Zune Social and what is described as "improvements to the software"-- i.e., improved play count reporting and content synchronization between the Zune software and the Zune device

The new games are Checkers, the ever popular Sudoku and Space Battle. In addition, Texas Hold'em was updated with a new multiplayer mode and single player difficulty levels.

To get the new update, launch the Zune software on your computer and click settings > check for updates.

Zune Pass Changes

In a major change to Zune Pass, subscribers can keep 10 tracks from Zune Marketplace each month. Not only can you keep the 10 tracks (even if you do not renew your Zune Pass) but you can also back them up to DVD/CD.

Of note, approximately ninety percent (90%) of the 4+ million tracks in Zune Marketplace are available as DRM-free MP3s. Zune Marketplace includes MP3s from Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group, as well as indie distributors IODA and The Orchard.

Linked below is a helpful FAQ on the new Zune Pass "keep it forever" model, published by Microsoft MVP Harvey Chute.

Price Drop

Zune Insider “officially” announced lower prices for U.S. and Canadian markets at Zune Originals and all major retail partners. See Price Moves for Zune 3.0 for information.

Attention Canadians:

One last point for my Canadian neighbors is that BestBuy in Canada is offering an online promotion if you purchase a Zune 16 online, you receive a Zune 4 for free. See From if you buy a Zune 16, you get a Zune 4 (for free!)


Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart...

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