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Let Microsoft insiders Brian Johnson and Duncan Mackenzie introduce you to Zune, the exciting new portable media player that plays both audio and video. They explain the numerous entertaining possibilities of Zune, such as transferring a music collection to your Zune, purchasing new music, connecting with friends who share similar taste in music via ZuneLive!, and hooking Zune to your Xbox 360. Additional fun features covered include watching video on Zune, subscribing to podcasts, creating content to share with ...
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Overview

Let Microsoft insiders Brian Johnson and Duncan Mackenzie introduce you to Zune, the exciting new portable media player that plays both audio and video. They explain the numerous entertaining possibilities of Zune, such as transferring a music collection to your Zune, purchasing new music, connecting with friends who share similar taste in music via ZuneLive!, and hooking Zune to your Xbox 360. Additional fun features covered include watching video on Zune, subscribing to podcasts, creating content to share with others, and a preview of upcoming Zune models.
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Not long ago, Microsoft sold its millionth Zune -- which means an awful lot of folks possess one of the most powerful portable multimedia contraptions ever created. If you're one of them, don't settle for merely "owning" a Zune: make the most of it, with Zune For Dummies.

Did you know you can stream your Zune music, pictures, and video through an Xbox 360 (and charge your Zune at the same time)? You'll learn how here (and no wonder: This book's coauthors' most recent work was Xbox 360 For Dummies).

Did you know you can subscribe to podcasts with your Zune (the easiest way to make sure there's always something provocative to listen to)? Do you know the easiest ways to connect your Zune to your home A/V system -- or for that matter, your car audio system, too? All that's covered, and much more, all with classic For Dummies® simplicity.

You'll start with the basics, getting a running start with your Zune hardware and its nice, clean interface. Step by step, you'll walk through getting your existing content onto your Zune: music, DRM-protected and otherwise (but sadly, not PlaysForSure WMA); video; and photos, too. You'll tour Zune Marketplace, Microsoft's source for 2 million-plus songs, and more; then walk through ripping your own CDs to Zune.

Next, the authors walk you through everything from creating your own content to preserving precious battery life, creating your own content to using Zune's signature "social" wireless features. Simply put, Zune For Dummies is your single source for all the Zune knowledge you're ever likely to need. Bill Camarda, from the July 2007 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470120453
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/10/2007
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson is a product manager for Microsoft. He’s the author of a number of technology books including (with Duncan) Xbox 360 For Dummies. You can find out more about Brian by visiting his blog at http://bufferoverrun.net.

Duncan Mackenzie is a software developer at Microsoft working on several Web video sites, including http://on10.net and http://channel9.msdn.com. When he isn’t working or writing, he spends most of his time with his wife and two kids, and when they are asleep he fires up the Xbox 360. At any given moment you may find him online playing Viva Piñata, Oblivion or Halo 3. He has a habit of watching TV show episodes on his Zune, including “Star Trek: Enterprise” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. You can contact Duncan through his Web site, www.duncanmackenzie.net.

Harvey Chute is owner and editor of Zunerama.com, an online resource center for Zune owners. He moderates Zunerama’s user boards, oversees the site’s technical support section, conducts photo reviews of Zune players and accessories, and writes the site’s daily Zune blog. A project manager and software developer for a national systems integration and consulting company, Harvey has authored over fifty internal technical documents, white papers, and consulting deliverables. His interests include software development, gadgets, music, photography, woodworking, running, snowboarding, and enjoying life with his wife and three daughters.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started 5

Chapter 1: First Steps with Your Zune 7

Chapter 2: Installing the Zune Software 27

Chapter 3: Handling the Zune Interface 51

Part II: Managing Your Zune Content 65

Chapter 4: Importing the Music You Love 67

Chapter 5: Getting Video onto Your Zune 93

Chapter 6: Adding Pictures to Your Zune 117

Chapter 7: Buying Music in Zune Marketplace 133

Chapter 8: Ripping CDs with Zune 159

Chapter 9: Making Your Own Videos 171

Chapter 10: Podcasts 193

Part III: Enjoying Your Content 219

Chapter 11: Using Your Zune at Home 221

Chapter 12: Watching Video on the Zune 231

Chapter 13: Getting Music, Video, and Pictures to Your Xbox 360 249

Chapter 14: Hooking Your Zune Up in Your Car 265

Chapter 15: Using Your Zune on the Road 279

Chapter 16: Tapping into the Zune Community 291

Part IV: The Part of Tens 315

Chapter 17: Ten Great Zune Accessories 317

Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Parents 333

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Keep Your Zune Safe 355

Index 367

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