Zune HD and new 4.0 software are here!

September 15, 2009

Here’s what you (hopefully) have been waiting for! I just wanted to share some of the new Zune features! I liked the old Zune software, but this new 4.0 update definitely raises the bar as far as features and performance! Here are some of the new software features:

  • Quickplay – Allows access to recently played content and gives users the ability to “pin” favorite albums or songs. Also shows the newest additions to the library. Content is easy to add or remove – just right click on the item you want to add or remove. This definitely fixes the one problem I did have with the software – there was no way to easily tag my favorite songs or to see my recent play history! The Quickplay screen has an elegant layout and is very simple to navigate.


  • Smart DJ – Creates automatic mixes of tracks centered around a specific artist, album, or song. Finally! I like Pandora and other “smart playlist” generators, so I’m excited to have this functionality in the Zune software itself. The software creates a Smart DJ mix that uses music from your collection and from Zune Marketplace. If you subscribe to Zune Pass, all of the songs in the playlist will be playable. If not, you will get the option to either sign up for a Zune Pass or to only include tracks from your personal collection. A free 14-day trial of Zune Pass is offered, so you might as well take advantage of that!
  • Mini Player Mode and Windows 7 Optimization – The software now has the option to enable mini player mode. It is also optimized for Windows 7. Playback controls are displayed when you hover over the Zune icon in the taskbar, and a jump list is displayed if you right-click on the icon.


Remember to watch the video to see the new Zune software in action!


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