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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

"ZUNE" :Radio Broadcasters to Zune

A group of nine radio broadcasters have committed to bring song tagging to Microsoft's new Zune music and entertainment service. Beginning next Tuesday, Sept. 16, Zune portable media players will have the capability to let consumers wirelessly download or stream songs from wireless hot spots and electronically tag and purchase songs heard on the radio.According to a study commissioned by Microsoft, 61 percent of respondents cited radio as their primary source for discovering new music. Yet music is increasingly purchased through digital and online channels. Hoping to close that gap and provide instant gratification for the music lover, Zune takes advantage of the wireless connection and the built-in FM tuner to deliver Buy From FM, a new feature that allows customers to tag and purchase songs they hear on radio directly from the Zune device. Customers can pay per track or purchase a Zune Pass subscription for $14.99 per month.More than 450 FM radio stations operated by Beasley Broadcast Group, Bonneville International, CBS Radio, Citadel, Clear Channel Radio, Cox Radio, Emmis Communications, Entercom Communications, and Greater Media, will be broadcasting tagged songs using RDS technology."We are moving toward a future where music discovery, purchase and fulfillment is a convenient and seamless experience," said David Field, CEO for Entercom. Apple's iPod currently offers wi-fi downloads with its iTunes service and offers iTunes tagging with HD Radio. Microsoft has sold about 2 million Zunes, 3 to 4 percent of the MP3 market share.A group of nine radio broadcasters have committed to bring song tagging to Microsoft's new Zune music and entertainment service

More About ZUNE

The Zune device is a digital media player for your music, videos, podcasts, and pictures. Available in 4, 8, or 80GB versions, Zune has a built-in FM radio and syncs wirelessly with your computer. You can get one almost anywhere electronics are sold, or personalize a device at
The Zune software is a digital media jukebox for your computer. Use it to play and organize your collection, rip and burn CDs, create playlists, sync them to your device, and even stream content over your home wireless network.
Zune Marketplace has millions of songs, videos, podcasts, and TV shows. Search by artist, browse by genre, or choose from over a thousand hand-picked playlists. Found what you like? Just click and buy individual songs, albums, and videos. Or try Zune Pass: for just $14.99 a month, you’ll get instant access to millions of music downloads. The songs are yours to keep as long as you maintain your subscription.
The Zune Social is an online community where you can discover new music and remember old favorites by tuning into what your friends are listening to. Connect to fellow Zune owners in the software, on the Web, over Xbox Live, MySpace, and Facebook… post your Zune Card and share your tastes with the world.

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