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Old 10-17-2008, 04:00 AM
Adam Krebs
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Default Ina Fried Tests Zune Hotspots in San Francisco

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10046542-75.html' target='_blank'>http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10046542-75.html</a><br /><br /></div><p>"<em>One of the nice things about&nbsp;</em><a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10035470-56.html" target="_blank"><em>Microsoft's new Zune</em></a><em> is that it can download or stream songs at a hot spot. The downside: the music player won't work at just any hot spot. The big limit is that the Wi-Fi locale not only has to be free, but also of the variety that doesn't pop up a browser window before letting users online. That's because unlike the iPod Touch, the Zune has no browser.</em>"</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/zt/auto/1224212276.usr495.jpg" width="480" height="270" /></p><p>In a repeat of her <a href="http://news.cnet.com/Desperately-seeking-Zune/2100-1041_3-6142291.html?tag=mncol" target="_blank">performance two years ago</a> when she pretended to be surprised that, a mere two weeks after the device's 1.0 launch,&nbsp;she couldn't find another Zune owner with whom&nbsp;to share tracks, CNet's Ina Fried is back again, this time performing her own survey of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zunethoughts.com/news/show/90539/zune-gaming-and-wireless-song-purchasing-experience.html" target="_blank">Zune-friendly hotspots</a> in town. Fried hits up the downtown San Francisco area and a selection of ten coffee shops,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zunethoughts.com/news/show/90620/free-wireless-access-to-the-zune-marketplace-at-mcdonald-s.html" target="_blank">restaurants</a>, and retail locations (including a surprising result at the Apple store), searching for a public wifi network that won't require a browser to connect. She finds that the device works at&nbsp;only four of the locations.&nbsp;Fried's point is obvious; most of the public wifi spots nowadays require some form of browser-based "I accept" page to allow you onto the network.&nbsp;This is a glaring oversight in Zune's implementation, to be sure,&nbsp;but building a browser would open another huge can of worms (literally) for Zune to address. Personally, I haven't used the new wifi features much, but when I have this restriction hasn't been that big of an issue. Let us know: is Zune's lack of browser a deal-beaker for you?</p>
 
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