Having a music service seems to be all the rage these days. Everyone wants to be the new iTunes replacement, in the last six months Amazon, Apple, Google, Sony, and Spotify have all made plays at being part of what comes beyond buying your music one song at a time. This is exciting, and makes it a wonderful time to be a music fanatic, but is it a wonderful time to be a company providing one of these services? Better yet has any of these services managed to change the way the you enjoy music? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
When I first made the leap to Zune from iTunes, one of the things that literally blew my mind was the Microsoft Points system. It’s of those things within the Microsoft ecosystem that manages to boggle normal users mind. Why should you have exchange a legally recognized tender to purchase things on a cyber store?
The Zune Software is the stuff legend. In its first iteration it was an epic disaster, a horrible blend of most of Windows Media Player’s core functionality and absolutely none of the current software’s pizzazz. Starting in Zune 2 Microsoft did however bring the A-game and managed to create one of the best damn interfaces available on Windows to date. However in doing so I fear that may have created a problem none of us anticipated.
It’s been a month since I’ve found it necessary to do sit-down Sunday, and mostly it’s not because there weren’t any big issues, but mostly because I haven’t been on my game. Nevertheless it’s time to put the running shoes on and get back in the race, so hit the grown running I shall.
With only the summer to go and the excitement for WindowsPhone with Zune integration (or as I like to call it, Zune Phone) building I started thinking this afternoon about what an actual Zune branded experience is and why we should be excited for it.
The last couple of weeks I’ve put everyone through some of the longest Sunday Sitdowns the site has ever seen. We’ve talked about issues that pleased some and pissed off a few so this week I wanted to talk about something not of a serious nature. As it turns out it just wouldn’t be a Sunday Sitdown then would it?
This week Microsoft got all official on the ZuneHD’s 64gb variant, allowing you to carry loads more music, video, and television shows then you could on any other flash Zune before. Now I know the more jaded of you will tell me that it’s now time for a 128gb Zune, (see we’ve been doing this little run around for too long), but it’s the rest of you I’m curious about.