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Old 09-19-2008, 10:30 PM
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Default Engadget Asks: What Do You Want in 4.0?

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.engadget.com/2008/09/18/poll-whats-your-zune-4-0-must-have/' target='_blank'>http://www.engadget.com/2008/09/18/...-4-0-must-have/</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"Now that the dust has settled on Microsoft's impressive, if not quite revolutionary, Zune 3.0 update, it's time for us all to do what we do best: start demanding a new version of desktop and player software -- and a hardware refresh, of course -- chock-full of features that we've been asking for since day one, and a few things we dreamed up along the way. Pick your top-priority from the poll below, or just go nuts in the comments -- the floor is yours."</em></p><p>&nbsp;<img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/zt/auto/1221865674.usr495.jpg" /></p><p>For me, it's gotta be touchscreen and low-cost models, but for the brand as a whole, I think Zune really needs to get a Mac client out there, if for nothing else than to shut up the haters. In any event, head over to Engadget and sound off! Let 'em know what Zuners want.</p>
 
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:27 AM
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I agree, we need a mac client. I'm tired of having to us vmware.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:39 AM
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Bring on Honda USB audio support
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Old 09-20-2008, 08:27 PM
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Bring on Honda USB audio support

that is a problem for Honda to figure out, not Zune. Ford's SYNC system works just fine with Zune.


there better be a 3.1 update SOON with UNICODE support.
 
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Old 09-22-2008, 04:01 AM
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that is a problem for Honda to figure out, not Zune. Ford's SYNC system works just fine with Zune.


there better be a 3.1 update SOON with UNICODE support.
I disagree, Sync is a Microsoft product, the Honda USB audio system works with iPods, USB Flash drives and portable hard drives.

Honda's job is to sell cars not Zunes, the cars are already built and they've proven they won't take the effort to support a second place product, the iPod or a flash drive is shown in all their advertising.

If I didn't have a player or it was time to replace my player (assuming I was member of the iSheeple) I wouldn't consider they player that was incompatible with my car when given two choices (Zune or iPod).
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Old 09-22-2008, 01:25 PM
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the pinout specifications for the Zune port are out there, or easily available from Microsoft. The codecs to playback the Zune DRM are also out there. Honda is just supporting what has the most market share. When enough prospective buyers speak up, they'll support it. Microsoft isn't interested because they want more sync systems in cars. and SYNC blows honda's offering away. It works exactly like they show in the commercials. Honda's system is still not working the way it did when it first came out in acura.
 
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:40 PM
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I disagree, Sync is a Microsoft product, the Honda USB audio system works with iPods, USB Flash drives and portable hard drives.
Does this boil down to the Zune not functioning as a USB mass storage device? i.e.: if the Honda player can see a USB flash drive and access the files on it, if the Zune was a mass storage device, it would probably work, right?
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:43 PM
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I think this survey shows a few important things:

1) The majority of people don't really know what's missing, but the Zune still doesn't quite "feel" right to them...though this may be largely just a perception issue. As in, they're not giving the Zune a chance.

2) The Xbox integration factor is important - people want to be able to download a movie on their Xbox and move it over to their Zune. It's completely insane that Microsoft can't connect the dots and fulfil their destiny...they have all the pieces!

3) A Mac client is important for a significant number of people, though the cynic in me wonders how many of those people who voted for the Mac client are just Mac users voting for anything Mac and not really people who are interested in the Zune.
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Old 09-24-2008, 04:58 AM
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Does this boil down to the Zune not functioning as a USB mass storage device? i.e.: if the Honda player can see a USB flash drive and access the files on it, if the Zune was a mass storage device, it would probably work, right?
From what I can see in how everything operates from portable HDDs to Flash Drives to iPods, yes. But if Zune knows an authorized signed system is trying to read it ... this all sounds like a problem that can be fixed with software.
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:09 PM
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3) A Mac client is important for a significant number of people, though the cynic in me wonders how many of those people who voted for the Mac client are just Mac users voting for anything Mac and not really people who are interested in the Zune.
Dude, I ain't no Apple fanboy, Jason.
I use both platforms. Currently it's running on vmware or my old HP notebook music server. I have always been curious about the zune and at one time owned a zune30. A mac client would be great so I don't feel disconnected from the complete experience. I'm just happy the zune software runs at all on my sources. I only wish I could easily use it like itunes and get more comfortable with the software. I just picked up a zune120 yesterday and have my entire library on it, so I'll need to use the software less now and sync it wirelessly daily.
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