Microsoft’s vision for Software-plus-Services is to power simple, seamless, integrated experiences that let people engage with their devices, and each other, according to their own individual passions. In recent years, Microsoft has applied that vision to many of its products, but nowhere is it more simply and elegantly exemplified than with Zune.
Zune revolves around providing a connected entertainment experience across the TV, PC and mobile devices through Software-plus-Services. The Zune ecosystem encompasses PC software, the Zune HD portable media player, media streaming functionality on the Zune.net website and an unparalleled instant on, smooth streaming 1080p HD video service within Xbox LIVE.
The Zune HD is the first portable media player that combines an HD Radio™ receiver, High Definition video output capabilities through the Zune HD AV Dock, an organic light emitting diode (OLED) touch screen, Wi-Fi and an Internet browser. The Zune HD features include some of the most powerful, high performance components packaged in a sleek, stylish design.
The beautifully designed Zune PC software includes media discovery features and experiences for managing and building media collections. From the high-resolution artist artwork to the clean menu and user interface, Zune PC software provides a playback experience that is unique among other media management applications.
The Zune Marketplace online store provides access to great Music and Video content to use across the Zune ecosystem. Zune offers a download-to-own music option, as well as a monthly music subscription service. Zune Pass subscription gives unlimited access to streaming and downloading music from a library of over 6 million songs. Zune Pass subscription can also be used on 3 PCs, 3 Zune devices and to stream music directly to the Zune HD, Zune PC software and over the web from Zune.net
Zune video on Xbox LIVE Marketplace is a major stepping stone in Microsoft’s journey to deliver on its connected entertainment vision globally. The Xbox 360 has become a key component to living room entertainment and Zune provides the premier video service that delivers up to 1080p instant on, smooth streaming video resolution. In the US, Zune video on Xbox LIVE also enables the purchase of most video content once and the ability to view it across the PC, Zune HD and Xbox.
Together with device, software and service, Zune delivers aptly on the promise of Software-plus-Services from Microsoft.