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Zune 4, 8, 16
Zune 4
Manufacturer Microsoft
Type Portable media player
Release date United StatesNovember 13th, 2007 Canada June 13th, 2008
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Storage capacity 4 / 8 / 16 GB flash memory
Connectivity Wi-Fi , USB,
Microsoft Surface (wireless)
Online services Zune Marketplace
Dimensions 3.6 x 1.6 x 0.33 in.
(91.5 x 41.4 x 8.5 mm)
Weight 1.7 oz.

The Zune 4, Zune 8, and Zune 16 are second-generation models of the Zune lineup, they were first announced on October 2nd, 2007 and released on November 13th, 2007 in the United States and June 13th, 2008 in Canada. They are flash memory-based players meant to compete with the iPod Nano and the Sansa Fuze , both smaller and cheaper than the three hard drive-based Zune devices, the Zune 30, Zune 80, and Zune 120. They feature music, video, and podcast support, and come with Wi-Fi and FM Radio.

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Overview

The D-pad of the original Zune has been replaced by the Zune pad, which allows for touch-sensitive controls in addition to 5-way clicking. Wi-Fi is used for wireless synchronization and for sharing photos, podcasts, and music with other Zunes, although shared songs may only be played three times by the receiving Zune. The FM Radio includes RBDS support for displaying song and station metadata, but does not support HD-Radio. The flash Zune models also feature scratch resistant glass screens, similar to the screens used on the v2 Zunes.

Zune 4/8/16 comparison
Zune 4 Zune 8 Zune 16
Capacity
4GB (flash based)
8GB (flash based)
16GB (flash based)
Processor
399 MHz ARM Core Freescale i.MX31L
399 MHz ARM Core Freescale i.MX31L
399 MHz ARM Core Freescale i.MX31L
RAM
64MB (16MB available for games)
64MB (16MB available for games)
64MB (16MB available for games)
Directional pad
Uses a Zune Pad, a "squircle" shaped control featuring touch sensitive controls along with standard direction pad controls.
Suggested retail price
$79.99 USD
$99.99 USD
$179.99 USD
Screen
1.8 inches, scratch-resistant glass
Dimensions
41.4 x 91.5 x 8.5mm (1.6 x 3.6 x 0.33-inches)
Weight
1.7 oz (47 g)
Battery Life
28 Hours (estimated, audio-only, no Wi-Fi)

Reception

Zune 80/120 and Zune 4/8/16 menu system

The Zune 4, 8, and 16 have gotten generally positive reception. Positives and negatives mimic those of the Zune 80 and 120, as the 4, 8, and 16 are very similar devices in a smaller package: the Wi-Fi, user interface, and excellent sound quality are praised.[1][1] Some reviews have mentioned the lack of TV shows in the Zune Marketplace, it has since been updated with the ability to purchase and rent tv shows and movies. [2]

References

  1. ^ a b CNET Review
  2. ^ Zune.net | Videos

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