In This Chapter
Discovering the Zune platform: Zune PC software, services, and devices
Understanding how the Zune PC software works and how it differs from Windows Media Player
Configuring Zune for your own needs
Enjoying music, podcast, video, and photo content in Zune
Sharing Zune content with the Xbox 360
Browsing Zune Marketplace for music, music videos, and podcasts
Subscribing to the Zune Pass service
Sharing your music and tastes with others via Zune Social
Picking a Zune device
Installing and configuring your device
Syncing content between your PC and the device
Using wireless sync
Keeping Zune up-to-date
Microsoft surprised everyone in late 2006 by introducing its Zune digital media platform, an integrated set of software, services, and hardware that competes both with market leader Apple and with its own older digital media initiative, the Windows Media Player–based PlaysForSure. The first Zune didn't really take the world by storm, but a second-generation platform released a year later is much more impressive and provides a look at the future of Microsoft's digital media platform. This chapter examines the Zune platform, including the Zune PC software, the Zune Marketplace online store, the Zune Social Web-based community, and the growing family of Zune portable media devices.
Okay, Microsoft's Zune platform isn't designed specifically for Windows 7—it runs on Windows XP and Vista as well—and it's not included in the box with ...