Zune Thoughts

Zune Thoughts.com

Thanks for visiting Zune Thoughts - be sure to register in our forums!


Laptop Thoughts

Loading feed...

Windows Phone Thoughts

Loading feed...

Digital Home Thoughts

Loading feed...




Go Back   Thoughts Media Forums > ZUNE THOUGHTS > Zune News

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-25-2008, 01:00 PM
David Tucker
Contributing Editor Emeritus
David Tucker's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,053
Send a message via ICQ to David Tucker Send a message via AIM to David Tucker Send a message via MSN to David Tucker Send a message via Yahoo to David Tucker
Default Zune Gains On The Web

<em>&ldquo;Apple may still hold the market share for internet searches, but Microsoft is catching up with it&rsquo;s Zune. New data shows that Zune&rsquo;s internet traffic increased 184% since May 2007. Just take a look at these tables of the percentage of unique visitors in millions.&rdquo;<br /></em><br />Now, granted, 184% of not much still ends up being not much. But this is great for several reasons. The first is simply that I feel this shows the Zune is healthy. Maybe I wouldn&rsquo;t exactly call this thriving but it is at least expanding its user base. Additionally I think that the improved social website probably has a lot to do with the increase. There&rsquo;s actually a reason to go there.<br /><br />Of course if this type of growth rate can sustain itself for any length of time, the Zune will move itself out from the shadow of the iPod eventually. One can always hope! Check out how the Zune stacks up over at <a href="http://blog.inspiretech.com/?p=345">InspireTech</a>.
 
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-25-2008, 01:24 PM
inteller
Banned
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 372

I think Microsoft needs to come up with a beep or something that alerts when other Zunes are nearby. If this web traffic indicates that people are out there getting Zunes, then how come I never come across someone with one?
 
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-25-2008, 06:02 PM
David Tucker
Contributing Editor Emeritus
David Tucker's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,053
Send a message via ICQ to David Tucker Send a message via AIM to David Tucker Send a message via MSN to David Tucker Send a message via Yahoo to David Tucker

That's actually not a bad idea. I would like if there was a way to have a zune proximity detector
 
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-25-2008, 06:36 PM
USArcher
Ponderer
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 94

No doubt Zune.net has benefitted from an increase in Zune Social usage. But I wonder if this also includes every time your Zune Software checks for new podcasts or refreshes ZuneCard info. In any case, its good news and a step in the right direction. Eventually, I believe we'll see some level of advertising in Zune Social...probably effective when Zune Social has reached about 10 million active users. Do we have any information how many Zune's have been sold? Have we reached 4 million yet?
 
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-25-2008, 08:29 PM
inteller
Banned
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 372

Quote:
Originally Posted by David Tucker View Post
That's actually not a bad idea. I would like if there was a way to have a zune proximity detector

two things would need to happen.

1. Microsoft would need to leave on by default the wireless presence option on the zune, so like after every firmware update it defaults to on. Because a LOT of people have turned it off and that defeats the whole purpose of the Social.

2. There would need to be a visible alert on the device and also there needs to be an audible click or beep through the headphones. Actually it needs to be a sexy audible, not some default system beep.
 
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-25-2008, 08:49 PM
faztang
Neophyte
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 5

I think Zune Thoughts should set up an online poll.
How many Zune owners know someone else that owns a Zune?
Or a second question "Have you ever seen someone besides yourself using a Zune?"
I have never seen another Zune being used. Not at the gym, not on the train, nowhere. When I tell people I got a Zune, 90% of them have no clue what I am talking about.
So that sharing feature, yeah, that's a complete waste.

However I do like my Zune, I don't love it, but I like it.

I have seen Zens, Sansas, iPods, and even a few iRiver devices, but to this day never saw someone using a Zune.
 
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-25-2008, 09:20 PM
dions30
Neophyte
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 3
Default I have seen MANY!

I am actually surprised by the amount of Zunes I have come across. I have a Zune (80), my girlfriend has one (4), my little brother (8). Now all of them are due to my influence. But I also have 2 cousins with one, and a neighbor. I know this because I always talk about the ipod and then a Zune owner always seems to pop up to support me. This has happened at school (college...UM), and at a family reunion. Also I have seen RANDOM 30gb Zunes
sneak out of peoples pockets. Now I have seen many iPhones but only 6 million have been sold worldwide. But 2 million Zunes have been sold. So simple math tells me that for every iPhone I see their should be a equal number of Zunes. This is due to my thinking that not all 6 of those millions could have come from the US like the Zune numbers have.
 
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-25-2008, 10:07 PM
USArcher
Ponderer
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 94

Quote:
Originally Posted by inteller View Post
1. Microsoft would need to leave on by default the wireless presence option on the zune, so like after every firmware update it defaults to on. Because a LOT of people have turned it off and that defeats the whole purpose of the Social.
I doubt enabling wireless presence on Zune would do anything to increase sharing. I mean, how often do you have the urge to share a song? I can see an artist wanting to share as way to interact with their fans. But for the average Joe..its gimicky if you ask me. I like other aspects of Zune Social and the potential for small groups to gather online, have some fun as they learn something about their favorite artists. Not there yet, much more work needed before people spend more time in Zune Social.
 
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-26-2008, 09:11 PM
David Tucker
Contributing Editor Emeritus
David Tucker's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,053
Send a message via ICQ to David Tucker Send a message via AIM to David Tucker Send a message via MSN to David Tucker Send a message via Yahoo to David Tucker

Quote:
Originally Posted by dions30 View Post
Also I have seen RANDOM 30gb Zunes
sneak out of peoples pockets. Now I have seen many iPhones but only 6 million have been sold worldwide. But 2 million Zunes have been sold. So simple math tells me that for every iPhone I see their should be a equal number of Zunes. This is due to my thinking that not all 6 of those millions could have come from the US like the Zune numbers have.
Well, the problem is that most of those 6 million were in the US due to the fact that the iPhone was limited to pretty much the US for its first year. I would expect to see iPhones more than Zunes anyway since people take their phones out in places they don't take out their Zunes.

Quote:
Originally Posted by dions30 View Post
This has happened at school (college...UM), and at a family reunion.
University of Michigan or University of Miami? (Not that I approve of either. Go Gators!)
 
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-27-2008, 02:14 PM
Phillip Dyson
Mystic
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,520

I think the thing that surprised me the most was when my girlfriend's 12 year old daughter, who owns an iPod, picked up my Zune 80 and knew exactly what it was.

I think the proximity notification is all the more important given the sparse population of Zune owners. Sure you can congregate online, but how about the option to "socialize" in the real world if I choose too. I may not want to talk to the person, but I could then look them up by their Zune ID online when I get home.

Plus it would help give us poor Zune owners a feeling of solidarity.
__________________

Phone: Nexus one Backup Phone: AT&T Samsung Jack; Future Phone: I'm Watching WP7; Media Player: Platinum Zune HD 32GB; Home Server: HP MediaSmart Server LX195 Console: XBox 360, PS3, Wii
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 01:45 PM.