United States of America

Zune is the name of a brand of digital music products and services sold by Microsoft. It includes digital audio players, client software, and the Zune Marketplace online music store.

The devices come in three styles, all of which play music, pictures, and videos; display images; and receive (but do not record) FM radio it shows name of song and artist and station information. With some limitations, they can share files wirelessly with other Zunes and via USB with Xbox 360s.

The Zune Software, which runs on Windows XP, Vista, and the Xbox 360, allows users to manage files on the player, rip audio CDs, and buy songs at the online store.

The first Zune player was released in the United States on November 14, 2006. The Zune 4, 8 and 80 were announced on October 2, 2007. The new Zunes offer the ability to sync wirelessly, a new touchpad-style input device, additional file support for H.264 and MPEG-4 files, podcast support, upgraded song-sharing licensing, and software that includes support for DRM-free music in the Marketplace. The Zune 80 also has a larger, 3.2" screen. A free firmware update added the new software features to the original Zune (now called the Zune 30) and was released on November 13, 2007.

The biggest drawback for Zune is that it does not support game/application compared to competing brand: Apple iPod.

Dear Microsoft:

We ask you to please consider adding application support on Zune. It will not only increase the sales rate, but can enrich the user experience.

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The Microsoft, please make Zune application supported! petition to Microsoft was written by Xiao Xu and is in the category Miscellaneous at GoPetition.