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Microsoft set to Announce Zune 360 and 180

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the moving-up-in-the-world dept.

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Blueberry Bob writes "Just in time for the iPhone June launch, Microsoft is planning to launch the Zune 360 and 180. The 360 will be a widescreen video and music player available in 40 and 80 GB models, whereas the 180 will be a smaller device similar in size to the iPod nano. Oddly enough, only the 180 model will feature a cellphone — Microsoft believes that the combined cellphone/music player market is better served in compact players. 'Although the default behavior will be to connect the Zune 360 and 180 to a Windows machine and use the default Zune software (which is also undergoing a revamp) it will be possible to put the Zune 360 in to disk mode and the device will be treated like any ordinary USB storage device and will therefore be accessible from Mac and Linux machines too. The built in indexing in the 360 will allow you to easily search for songs, however out of the box it's not possible to create playlists on the 360 itself, they still need to be managed by the Zune software.'"

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Zzzzz... (0, Flamebait)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569075)

Hear that? Its the sound of ponies not caring. Or my PC breaking down again...

Re:Zzzzz... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569433)

What? no bluetooth, no wifi? lame....

Microsoft's strategem (1)

matt me (850665) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569079)

So have Microsoft turned themselves around, or is this Zune continuing towards another flop?

Zune 1 was a big enough joke (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569637)

and it was not announced anywhere near 1 April. How long before this can be taken seriously?

Re:Zune 1 was a big enough joke (1)

jcbsinger (1083927) | more than 7 years ago | (#18600681)

Still not as a big joke as Newton was :)

of interest is the zune 180 only plays backwards (4, Funny)

swschrad (312009) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569111)

useful for your ripped Beatles collection, but little else.

well, I take that back. it would be GREAT for country. the truck starts, the dog comes back, there's whiskey in the bottle again.....

Zune ... not quite the 'in' thing (4, Interesting)

Kristoph (242780) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569127)

I met a girl at my gym that worked for the firm that did all the PR for Zune. Needless to say, she had a Zune. When I asked her about it (as I had never actually seen one before) she was at pains to tell me that the only reason she used it was because it was free and that she didn't want to sweat on her iPod. In fact, the only credit she gave the thing was that it had a built in radio, which permitted to the TV audio the gym broadcasts on FM.

Anyway, it struck me that when your own PR people think your product is uncool, you are going to have some serious market issues.

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Re:Zune ... not quite the 'in' thing (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569183)

So you chatted up the girl at the gym... and then what?

Re:Zune ... not quite the 'in' thing (4, Funny)

LibertineR (591918) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569231)

Come on, you know what happened, she asked him if he could come over fix her computer, because her unemployed rock star boyfriend doesnt know anything about those things, and they are running out of hard drive space for their sex videos.

Re:Zune ... not quite the 'in' thing (1)

renegadesx (977007) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569535)

And then he got arrested for stalking

Re:Zune ... not quite the 'in' thing (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569473)

I met a girl at my gym

***** What this slashdotter wished had happened:

Girl: Yeah, here it is. It's okay, it's got a radio. I like my iPod better, but I don't want to sweat all over it, you know?

Kristoph: Then you better not have it nearby when we're in bed tonight.

Girl: Huh? *starry-eyed* Oh.. I'm yours Kristoph..

***** What really happened:

Girl: Yeah, here it is. It's okay, it's got a radio. I like my iPod better, but I don't want to sweat all over it, you know?

Kristoph: Uh, that's cool. *uncomfortable pause* You wanna see a movie later?

Girl: God no! I mean, no, I have to floss my cat. I mean, my boyfriend's cat.

Kristoph: You sure? I mean, we could go to dinner if that's what you wanted. *blurting out* You're so beautiful please go out with me!! *cries*

Girl: Get away from me, or I'll call the cops. *runs away*

Re:Zune ... not quite the 'in' thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569577)

when your own PR people think your product is uncool

Happens all the time. PR is a job, like all other jobs in the world. You can't always enjoy your work.

Re:Zune ... not quite the 'in' thing (3, Funny)

phalse phace (454635) | more than 7 years ago | (#18570599)

"I met a girl..... "

April Fools!

So how long will these persist in the BLOG-OSPHERE (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569135)

I'm curious as to how many of these fake stories are going to constantly get passed around by the idiot people who have 'blogs' as truth. You know, like they do now with most news that isn't true. In six months' time will we still see the "Zune 360 is coming omg!!!" posts?

Oooooh... (4, Insightful)

Iwanowitch (993961) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569137)

Slashdot-tit reads BOOBIES!

Re:Oooooh... (1)

Kryptonian Jor-El (970056) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569187)

nice, i just caught that too, really takes you back to the elementary school math classes...

Re:Oooooh... (1)

legallyillegal (889865) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569671)

3704558 07734

360 and 180 (2, Informative)

UbelievablyLame (962303) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569145)

360 is one half of 180

Re:360 and 180 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569207)

180*2 = 360
360/2 = 180

Re:360 and 180 (3, Funny)

Eudial (590661) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569349)

180*2 = 360
360/2 = 180


Ah, but don't forget that

180 + 180 = 360
360 - 180 = 180

Re:360 and 180 (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18570025)

and also

360 + 180 - 517 = 23
180 / 10 + 5 = 23!
360 / 15.6521739 = 23!!!

Coincidence? I think not.

Re:360 and 180 (1)

The Real Toad King (981874) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569323)

NO WAI! Thank you Captain Obvious!

Re:360 and 180 (4, Funny)

Anpheus (908711) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569331)

Time cube creates four simultaneous 24 hour days.
360 is one fourth of 90!

Re:360 and 180 (1)

Raidedguy (1030950) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569851)

No it's not, 180 is one half of 360, not the other way around...
Wait, its April 1st, nevermind, it IS the other way around

April fool's... (4, Insightful)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569157)

Sorry, but I just can't buy it - any story on Slashdot today is suspect.

I'll believe it when the dupe comes along...

Re:April fool's... (1)

libkarl2 (1010619) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569215)

Proof of article's April Fools-ness:

it will be possible to put the Zune 360 in to disk mode and the device will be treated like any ordinary USB storage device and will therefore be accessible from Mac and Linux machines too.
Reads like one of those Nigerian phishing scams.

Re:April fool's... (1)

mrtexe (1032978) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569287)

It's not true unless it's posted to Slashdot three times.

Re:April fool's... (1)

sockonafish (228678) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569307)

I was thinking it was an April Fool's, but then I saw the product names. 360 and 180. Those numbers have nothing to do with what the products do, and are only going to confuse consumers who may think that there is some kind of spinning feature and that one model can't go all the way around.

These nonsensical product names can't be a hoax, they're completely in line with Microsoft's style.

Oh come ON (1)

Twisted64 (837490) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569163)

It's 8:44 AM, Tuesday, here. Even the Slashdot editors should know it's no longer Monday morning anywhere in the world. And these articles are getting too plausible for my liking...

Re:Oh come ON (1)

altstadt (125250) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569277)

Wow. Where do you live that your timezone is UTC+34? Here on the west coast of North America we are still working off Sunday afternoon.

Re:Oh come ON (1)

Plutonite (999141) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569387)

Hate to break it to you pal, but April 1 was a Sunday this year. Maybe in Australia , where I deduce you live, they suckered you guys on the calendar dates? That would be something, I say.

Re:Oh come ON (1)

Twisted64 (837490) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569449)

Curses! I slept so hard on my new bed it damaged my brain.

Zune 180k (1)

nbritton (823086) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569167)

Yeah well I hear Apple is coming out with the iPod pie rad k.

First Prime Factorization Post (1)

2*2*3*75011 (900132) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569177)

360 = 2*2*2*3*3*5
180 = 2*2*3*3*5
SlashRating = 5318008 = 2*2*2*17*39103

Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569181)

The home of everybody else's April Fools jokes

OK (1)

segedunum (883035) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569195)

So I take it today is a total right-off then?

Re:OK (1)

aldo.gs (985038) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569221)

Aw, man! And I wanted to be modded insighful. *sigh*

Ya, it's a writeoff (1)

Excelcia (906188) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569223)

Ya, the whole day pretty much is. What a waste of time. Maybe later on in the evening the id-10-t errors will stop.

The first April fool's I saw from Slashdot was funny. The second was, oh right, today's April first. I don't know how many it's been now, but it's just tiresome at this point.

Mod me insightful (-1, Redundant)

Eudial (590661) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569267)

I think it is just about my turn to be modded insightful for no reason just about now...

Pretty please. With a cherry on top...

Re:Mod me insightful (1)

JackieBrown (987087) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569893)

Try it again :)

I spent all my mod points... (0, Flamebait)

Werkhaus (549466) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569271)

Moderating people as Insightful. Is it my turn now?

ENOUGH!! (1)

Micklewhite (1031232) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569301)

Enough with the April fools jokes!!

whether a joke or not... (5, Funny)

mojo0716 (1062196) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569327)

I love my Zune. I bought it when it came out and I use it everyday and it's great. The interface is extremely easy to use. The bigger screen is nice for watching videos. I haven't had any problems with it. I'm not saying it's perfect, but it's great media player IMO.

Re:whether a joke or not... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569947)

That joke is just in poor taste

Re:whether a joke or not... (3, Funny)

Basehart (633304) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569979)

I like the social best. I've met lots of new friends and we share music all the time on the city streets.

Know whats funny? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569341)

I knew this would be an april fools joke, but the joke is on Microsoft for not actually rereleasing the zune 360 style into something people actually care about.

Ugh... (3, Informative)

rlbond86 (874974) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569367)

Really, guys. One april fool's story is funny. Ten is not.

Re:Ugh... (1)

Gregory Cox (997625) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569667)

How about eight April Fool's stories, and two hard-to-believe but true ones?

And In Other News (0, Troll)

coyote4til7 (189857) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569411)

My God!
It's full of...
Pink Ponies!

Re:And In Other News (1)

gbobeck (926553) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569791)

My God!
It's full of...
Pink Ponies!

A Pink Ponies filled Zune... now *that* I will have to run out and buy. (Provided that it comes with an OMGPONIES sign made with glitter)

seem to me (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569421)

seem to me this zune thing might have a ploy to snooker Toshiba while msft were working on the 360 version

ps never had such a difficulty proving i was humen---except perhaps to my wife

5318008 (1)

adamziegler (1082701) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569461)

So I decided to type in the number into my calculator... and just for the heck of it, I flipped it upside down!!

Alternative 360... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569529)

Here [pharos.com] is an alternative use of the 360.
Seems more useful to me.

Re:Alternative 360... (1)

celkin (1077635) | more than 7 years ago | (#18570091)

Nice, but I like the PS3 grill better (I wish I had the URL), but I like the "Insufficient Funds" screenshot. Jin knocking out Eddy with an uppercut--Tekken is awesome!

Isn't april fools day over yet? (1)

init100 (915886) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569547)

I had hoped it would be, but of course, the US is at least (Eastern Standard Time, that is) six hours after me (Central European Time).

There's some truth in it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18569581)

I work at Microsoft and although I believe that this blog entry is an April Fools joke (unless the author has some friends who work at MS) there is some truth in the article. Microsoft is working on a replacement for the Zune and it is trying to have something in place by the beginning of Q3 2007. The actual plans for the device are kept a well guarded secret within their division but they are keeping a close eye on Apple developments (they see it as the only competitor in this area). If you own an iPod and bring it on to the Microsoft campus then there's the possibility someone will send you a survey. They're trying to work out peoples feelings on the good and bad points of the iPod are.

They have been using Zune 360 as an internal code name for the product, but no one has decided whether they'll stick with it yet. Never heard of the 180, I'm sure they will make a smaller model but I suspect it'll come after the release of the 360.

aprilfools (4, Insightful)

hobo sapiens (893427) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569595)

This is the obligatory post grousing about the aprilfools tag. It spoils the joke, don't you know?

Quick! Mod this post insightful!

Re:aprilfools (1)

jZnat (793348) | more than 7 years ago | (#18570423)

Spoilers!

Every article on Slashdot from midnight EST on 1 April through 11:59 PM on 1 April are all April Fool's stories. Period.

More Features (1)

Plocmstart (718110) | more than 7 years ago | (#18569729)

Maybe if it also could be used as a 360 controller and a programmable remote (and maybe a portable DVR) I would buy it... otherwise I'll still with my Archos player which has most of the features described in the article, plus doesn't require specific software just to get a playlist created.

Hasn't there been enough of these april 1 stories (1)

Crashmarik (635988) | more than 7 years ago | (#18570187)

Whats next microsoft listens to customers ?

Attention Linux Clickarounds (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18570213)

Yeah i'm talking to you. The wannabe computer programmer who thinks they are good at computers because they can click around in Gnome enough times and find the reboot button and 'fix' an inherently flawed POSIX system. You think you're cool because you can pirate GIMP and Inkscape but not know anything about it, get Open Office Beta for free but have the literacy of Richard Stallman when writing a communist newsletter, and get a copy of AVG Antivirus working through Wine because your inherently flawed system is useless without sudo privileges. Get a clue, you are not smart, you are just a commmunist sheep for a license that will bury you if you ever tried to write any software that remotely allowed you to profit. You are a clickaround and all you know if your ugly penguin existence that is Linux.

Want the sourcecode to Linux 2.6?

sudo mount -t smbfs -o uid=ltorvalds,username="Microsoft.owns.us\Steven Ballmer",password="squirtchairs" //development/legacy ~/microsoftPiratedShare/code

cat ~/microsoftPiratedshare/Windows95Beta/i286/Windows .com > vmlinuz-2.6.20-4-generic

You almost had me with this one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18570281)

But when you said accessible to both Mac & Linux you snapped my suspension of disbelief. Too bad, I can see the M$ marketing gurus thinking this was sheer brilliance.

Baby Xbox (1)

jlebrech (810586) | more than 7 years ago | (#18571379)

I was thinking they should make a portable xbox and call it an Xbox 270 (as in 270 days = 9 months = baby)

Sony based device.... (1)

Mark Gillespie (866733) | more than 7 years ago | (#18571987)

LOL, the Zune 180 is based on the Sony Erricsson Walkman phone.. Sony connecting to the 360.. Nice.. I bet the Sony haters here will love that..
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