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Old 10-17-2007, 10:00 PM
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Default PodCasting News Reconsiders the Zune

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.podcastingnews.com/2007/10/03/reasons-reconsider-microsoft-zune/' target='_blank'>http://www.podcastingnews.com/2007/10/03/reasons-reconsider-microsoft-zune/</a><br /><br /></div><em>&quot;Microsoft has updated its line of Zune portable media players. While they are still no iPod-killers, they offer enough new features that it&rsquo;s time to reconsider the Zune platform. Here are five reasons to take a second look at the Zune: The Zune&rsquo;s WiFi features are starting to get useful. Zune devices can now automatically sync over your home wireless network. In a nutshell - Microsoft is delivering the wireless capabilities that portable media owners want, including the ability to sync up podcasts wirelessly. The Zune syncs wirelessly with your local computer, so that you can use it as part of a home music system, without hooking it to your computer, and still have current content to take with you. You can also share songs, pictures and podcasts wirelessly. The Zunes will be able to do some things that Apple&rsquo;s $400 iPhones and iPod touches can&rsquo;t do. The Zune has podcast support. One of the big downsides to the Zune platform has been its lack of podcast support. That&rsquo;s changing with the second generation of the Zune platform. While the Zune&rsquo;s directory of podcasts is limited to about 1,000 podcasts, about 1/100th of the number in Apple&rsquo;s iTunes podcast directory, it&rsquo;s an important start and opens up the Zune to a world of free content.&quot;</em><br /><br />In addition to some of the unfair hack-jobs we've seen on the upcoming next generation of Zune players, we've also seen some interesting reversals: sites that have previously not been interested in the Zune now giving it a second chance because of the features and functionality that v2 is going to offer. One such site is PodCasting news - now that the Zune will have PodCasting support, and a PodCasting directory, they look be be giving the player a fair shake.
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