Remember the rumored Zen Share WiFi player? It’s not coming. In a recent press conference Creative Nordic Product Manager Jan Hvidberg confirmed that there was a device called Share in development at one stage, but this device has apparently been dropped due to technical difficulties. He did however say that Creative is to present a new player within the next two months and design is apparently the key word. There has been a lot of rumors surrounding the Share/X-Fi but this is as close to facts we’ve been in ages.
According to Hvidberg there will also be no more hard drive based players from Creative. Ever. This means that whatever player will be presented in the future will be flash, no matter what type of player it is. Whether or not this information is true or not only time will tell, but one would think that it’s pretty accurate coming from someone that high up. No official word has come from Creative America however so there’s always a 0,1% chance he spoke too soon. Either way, this doesn’t in any way exclude the rumors of an X-Fi based player – possibly with WiFi, Bluetooth or touch screen for all we know – it just means the player won’t be called Share and it will be flash based.
While at CES I prodded some of the representatives for some info on the new Zen. When I asked them for info on the new hard drive wireless player they gave off tell tale signs there was something to hide. While I’m not so sure about the hard drive part of it now since a reader got an interesting response from Creative tech supports stating that hard drives are on their way out. We do know now that it is indeed wireless thanks to some inside info Epizenter picked up stating that it will be released in March.
I have my fingers crossed for the following: native support for divx and h.264 over 320×240 resolutions, no touch screen, uninhibited sharing, and 80GB 160GB hard drives. That’s my short wish list.
What is on your Zen Share wish list?
The rumors involving plans to release a second generation Zune (with codenames like Scorpio and Draco) have been making their way around the Web since the beginning of the year. A Microsoft representative has commented on the approaches that will be taken to expand on their digital audio player.
Additional styles sizes and price points are being considered, indicating that Microsoft is not content with their current share provided by the sole Zune model. Support for features such as video and podcasting are being built to match the offers supplied by competing players, but differentiating features (notably the Zune’s characteristic wireless features) will still retain focus. Reassurance as also given that the Zune will move to overseas markets in time, with adapted qualities to suit it.
We remain speculating on the details of Microsoft’s plans, and no specific dates have been announced yet, but an update can be expected to take place before the end of the year.
[Whiz Byte via PMP Today]
According to a recent article in the New York Post, it appears that the Microsoft Zune may as well be without that huge LCD screen. That’s right. When the device starts shipping in the next few months, it may be sans video support.
Microsoft has so far done nothing to reassure anxious consumers that their highly touted “iPod killer” will include what even manufacturers of flash players with microscopic screens consider to be a standard feature. The folks at Apple, meanwhile, are too busy laughing to comment.
What will actually hit store shelves, of course, remains to be seen. And this new rumor only adds to the hype surrounding the player, but still…a Zune with just tunes is quite lame.
[New York Post via dapreview]
Microsoft’s Zune is official and will be without a doubt taking an alligator sized bite of the iPod’s market share. Why? Content, interactivity, integration and a virtually endless supply of money.
The Zune will have its own content platform apart from Microsoft’s PlaysForSure initiative. This service will create an interactive community though Wi-Fi more than likely with buddy lists, playlist sharing, and content sharing. This player will also tightly integrate with the Xbox 360 and Windows Media Center to name a few. It is also rumored that Microsoft will purchase your locked down iPod music files for use on the Zune for an easy switch (how ironic). The player is said to be release before the end of the year with more devices in 2007. Engadget has a nice run down of what we know and don’t know yet.
Here is the official Zune viral marketing site and a few other articles discussing the Zune. Billboard.biz via MobilWhack | ZuneInsider via dapreview