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What is Zune

Zune is an entertainment platform and portable media player made by Microsoft. The Zune entertainment software platform and supporting products designed and marketed by Microsoft include the Zune Software, the video component of Xbox 360, Zune devices, Microsoft Kin Phones, Windows Phone 7 Devices, and the Zune website. The Zune Marketplace offers music, TV shows, movies, podcasts, and music videos. The Zune Social is a service integrated with Xbox Live that allows users to manage friends, send messages, and compare music.

The Zune HD is a portable media player in the Zune product family released on September 15, 2009 by Microsoft. It was initially released in 16 and 32 GB capacities. A 64 GB version utilizes a touchscreen interface for navigation and includes Wi-Fi for synchronization, access to the Zune Marketplace and Web browsing. The Zune HD utilizes the Nvidia Tegra APX 2600 chip, allowing it to play 720p video through the optional HDMI Zune dock on a high-definition television. Otherwise, content will be scaled down to 480×272 pixels on the player’s OLED screen.

The operating system for the Zune devices is based on the Windows CE kernel for ARM architecture and uses a distribution similar to the Portable Media Center. Zune’s native file compatible formats are:

  1. WMV (Used by Zune Marketplace)
  2. MPEG-4 – supported on all models except the Zune 30 device
  3. H.264 - supported on all models except the Zune 30 device
  4. AVI video (Xvid) support is included on the Zune HD (firmware versions 4.5 and later).
  5. MP3 (used by Zune Marketplace)
  6. AAC (unprotected)
  7. .m4a (audio)
  8. WMA Pro (2-channel)
  9. WMA Standard (used by Zune Marketplace)
  10. WMA lossless


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