Microsoft adds 1-million DRM-free tracks to Zune Marketplace
Microsoft has revamped both the Zune firmware and the Zune Desktop software. Perhaps the most impressive thing is that if you've got a current generation Zune, you'll be able to upgrade your firmware to get all the new features. Really, that's shouldn't be so impressive, but considering Apple wants you to buy a new iPod every year, it does kind of make the Zune slightly more attractive than it had been.
So what's new?
- The Zune Marketplace is adding over a million DRM-free MP3 tracks. This from the company that practically (but not really) invented DRM.
- Podcasts and music videos are being added to the Zune Marketplace
- You no longer have to listen to shared music within three days. But you can still only listen to a shared track three times before it self-destructs.
- You can share videos and photos with other users, not just music
- Support for additional codecs including h.264 and MPEG-4
- Automatically import recorded TV shows from Windows MEdia Center
- Microsoft is launching a social network called Zune Social
- Microsoft is launching web widgets called Zune Cards that let other users see your music selections
- You can share music that someone else shared with you