Zune® is the brand name for a portable media player, bundled software and an online marketplace, all provided by Microsoft® Corporation. The Zune® Marketplace provides online video, podcast, and music downloads to Zune® users. Zune players are available in two varieties, which differ according to the file storage option. One variant uses flash-memory, while the other uses a hard disk. Zune® players can seamlessly share files in wireless mode with other Zune players. The players can also be hooked up with Windows® PCs and Xbox 360 gaming consoles using USB data cables. The Zune® players can be synced using wireless technology with any Windows® PC. These players, as of now, do not support computers with Linux operating system, or Macintosh computers.
Zune® does not support too many file formats. The few formats that are supported by Zune® are all supported by the Microsoft™ Windows® operating system. No doubt this was done in order to ensure seamless syncing between Zune® players and Windows® PCs. The file formats supported by Zune® players are as follows:
In spite of starting off with considerable media hype, the Zune® player has lost its popularity somewhat, possibly for the lack of firmware upgrades and lack of support for many popular file formats.