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Forget the Zune Hype; Xbox Bigger Threat To iPod/iTunes

November 7th, 2006

While Microsoft’s soon-to-be-released Zune portable media player has generated a lot more hype, it looks like the Xbox 360 may prove to be an even bigger threat to Apple’s iPod/iTunes juggernaut. The move promises to put digital video downloads where people want them most – on their TV’s. Microsoft today announced agreements with CBS, MTV […]

Zune VS iPod: No Contest This Year

November 6th, 2006

Another research group is predicting a slow start for Microsoft’s Zune portable media player. According to Gartner, the Zune is unlikely to find much success during the 2006 holiday season. “Microsoft‚Äôs claimed differentiation for Zune is based on applying Web 2.0 community concepts to the music experience,” notes Gartner. “With the inclusion of an integrated […]

7 Things Microsoft Needs to Do to Fix the Zune

October 3rd, 2006

Apple has played a major role in the acceptance of portable media players and the adoption of podcasting. They’ve delivered a software/hardware combination with iTunes and iPods that works easily and seemlessly, and iPods have been wildly successful as a result. Nevertheless, the state of portable media could benefit from more competition. It’s with this […]

Microsoft Zune Media Players to Cost $249.99; Podcasting Support Missing in Action

September 28th, 2006

Microsoft announced that the Zune digital media player and online service will be available to consumers in the U.S. on Nov. 14, 2006. The “Zune device” will retail for $249.99 U.S. Here’s what Microsoft is offering for the price: 30GB digital media player will come equipped with wireless functionality for Zune-to-Zune sharing of music, pictures […]

Microsoft Zunes: $300, or $284 at Wal-Mart

September 19th, 2006

An Engadget tipster found Wal-Mart’s entry for the Microsoft Zune portable media player, revealing a price of $284, just under the $300 that many have been expecting for the player.

Microsoft Zune First Look

September 14th, 2006

Microsoft has just unveiled official details on the Zune player and other products to be released under its Zune brand. The Zune system is made up of a 30GB digital media player, the Zune Marketplace music service and a foundation for an online community that will enable music fans to discover new music. Microsoft plans […]

RawVoice Releases Major WordPress Podcast Plugin Update

May 28th, 2009

Today podcast production and hosting company RawVoice introduced a major update to PowerPress, its podcast plugin for use with the WordPress blogging platform. The PowerPress Plugin now integrates with the RawVoice Podcast Hosting Services Platform at, adding a podcast statistics summary to the user’s WordPress dashboard. The update also adds the ability to select […]

Microsoft Tries To Upstage Apple….With The Help Of Clear Channel

September 8th, 2008

Microsoft today announced Zune updates, timed to upstage iPod/iTunes announcements anticipated from Apple on Tuesday.  Unfortunately for everybody who owns a portable media player, Microsoft’s announcements are woefully misguided and mistimed.  You have to give Microsoft credit for releasing another Zune update that brings new features to their existing players. Apple typically saves significant new features […]

Wizzard Explains Why It’s Bullish On Podcasting & RSS

July 18th, 2008

In an unusual letter to its shareholders, podcasting mega service Wizzard Software explains why it’s bullish on the prospects for podcasting: Wizzard has surprised many people by becoming the largest distributor of digital media via RSS (podcasting). While many other companies took the route of launching online video websites and treating RSS distribution as nothing […]

Association for Downloadable Media Board Members Reveal Goals, Plans

December 3rd, 2007

The Association For Downloadable Media (ADM), a newly-formed organization dedicated to “providing standards for advertising and audience measurement for episodic and downloadable media,” announced today the election results for the 20 positions on its board. Podcasting News Publisher Elisabeth McLaury Lewin talked with some of the newly-elected board members and committee heads, asking about what […]