New Zune are available, as well as new software!
What’s really nice is the upgrade is also available for previous Zune (device + desktop software)!!!
I am very disappointed by this upgrade, some really good points, some really bad, but both software and firmware can be a lot better!
- Podcast support
- WiFi sync!!
- Online Zune Card (social)
- New menus are nicer
- WiFi sync do not support WPA2 (ok, not a big deal).
- No music resume
- No “Stop” button
- No genre filtering
- No live search box
- Zune software UI is such a piece of crap
- Still no “Add to now playing list” feature in the device
- Still no “Recently added” list in the desktop software
The simple fact that the last 2 features are missing is a problem for me, because I *still* need to use Windows Media Player. And I still don’t understand why they had to create a new player, everybody already have WMP 11 right ?
Conslusion: This software is unusable for anyone with a large quantity of music files.
For those who got the upgrade don’t forget to check the cool but not so easy to find (almost hidden!) “now playing” feature: it displays your current playlist in front of a wall filled with your albums art collection! To launch it you have to click in the small icon at the very right bottom.
Another feature well hidden.. the “search as you type”. To get this, you have to click somewhere in the artists list first and then start typing. Why the top right search box does not have the same functionality as in WMP ???
To finish it is good to know that you can download for free the preloaded content that come with the new Zune, in case you “accidentally deleted the preloaded content”… or not!
Preloaded content for Zune devices