Some ZUNE fine print, from their Zune Fact Sheet:
"Import your music. Zune software can automatically import your existing music, pictures and videos from iTunes and Windows Media® Player in a variety of formats, including your existing playlists and song ratings, as permitted by the online service from which it was purchased."
Interesting. I wonder if they mean they have some way of importing AAC or itunes store stuff (doubt it, since they say "as permitted"), or if they just mean mp3's. Import of playlists and song ratings is pretty cool, if they can make it work right.
"The Zune-to-Zune sharing feature may not be available for all songs on your device, and works only between Zune devices within wireless range of each other. This feature allows recipients to play full-length sample tracks up to three times in three days. Recipients cannot resend music that they have received via the sharing feature."
Hmmm. Doesn't sound nearly as cool any more, does it? Sounds like the artists must allow sharing for it to work.
"Music estimates are based on 128KBps WMA files, with length of four minutes each. Pictures transferred to Zune will be optimized for Zune screen size. Video estimates are based on 500KBps WMV files with 128KBps WMA audio tracks."
Isn't that about a third the data rate in the new iTunes stuff?
"Zune software can import audio files in unprotected WMA, MP3, AAC; photos in JPEG; and videos in WMV, MPEG-4, H.264."
Not too bad. So audio files ripped in iTunes should be good to go, videos optimized for iPod may work if it uses the same specs otherwise.
More pix and info here:http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/p...veilingPR.mspxhttp://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/zune/