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Old 08-25-2006, 07:02 PM
Jason Dunn
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Default FCC Zune User Manual

I've grabbed the Zune user manual from the FCC site and have dug into it a little to learn more about Zune. Below are some of the key points from the user manual, but you can check it out for yourself as well.

  • Clearly, this is a very rough, spartan user manual. It doesn't need to be pretty to meet FCC approval, it just needs to have the basics.

  • The hard drive used is a 1.8 inch, 30 GB model, made by Toshiba

  • The device will support USB 2.0

  • FM tuner with RDBS support (that has some cool possibilities if your local radio stations use it)

  • WiFi support is both B and G, for up to 54 mbps theoretical speed

  • Lithium Ion battery, no mention of exact mAH capacity

  • It looks like it will come with USB charging only - that seems odd, but the user manual suggests the out of box experience is to connect the Zune to your computer USB port and let it charge for about two hours

  • It mentions www.pyxis.com, but I somehow doubt Microsoft is partnered with Cardinal health - that's the code name. They should have just used foo.com in the manual

  • The unit is turned off and on by pressing and holding the Play/Pause button for three seconds (better than having a dedicated button)

  • Volume is controlled via the control pad, not a dial

  • Skip Back/Forward is accomplished using the right/left on the control pad

  • Moving upwards to the previous menu is accomplished using the Back button, just like on the Portable Media Center units (such as the Toshiba Gigabeat S)

  • You can return to the home screen quickly by pressing and holding the back button

  • Resetting (rebooting) the Zune is accomplished by pressing and holding both the Back and Play/Pause button for three seconds. No more hunting for a paperclip to poke in a tiny hole!

  • Lock/Unlock is accomplished via a hardware switch

That's it for the hardware part of the manual - next up, we'll dig into the "wireless DJ" functionality.
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