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Zune is the name of Microsoft's MP3 player, making it a counterpart to Apple's iPod. It is a small handy media player with a display and a few function keys

. Depending on the Zune version, the size of the display is 1.8", 3" or 3.2" and has

a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, which is the screen resolution of QVGA. In a high-resolution version with 16:9 format, the Zune HD, screen resolution is 480 x 272 pixels. Zune players are available with flash memory and hard drives. Storage capacities range from 4 GB

to 120 GB, depending on the version.One major difference between Zunes and iPods is that the Zune has a built-in radio for FM broadcasting. It also has 802.11a/bWLAN, which allows it to transfer files

to other media players.

Microsoft's music player Zune, Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft's music player Zune, Photo: Microsoft

Functionally, the Zune supports the functions of portable media players such as the playback of music, photos, videos and podcasts. In terms of audio file formats, it can handle MP3, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) and Windows Media Audio (WMA). Photos are displayed as JPEGs and videos can be played as H.264, Windows Media Video (WMV) and MPEG-4.

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Englisch: Zune
Updated at: 01.09.2010
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