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Zune 2.5 Adds Social Networking, TV
A new software upgrade adds music sharing and over 800 TV selections.
Zune Social Networking
Microsoft will offer social networking for the Zune, for an additional $15 a month.
May 06, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

Microsoft is slowly, but surely, trying to keep up with the iPods of the world—thanks to the new functionality of its 2.5 update.

After you upgrade, the Zune will be able to receive TV shows. This has been available on the iPod for quite some time. However, Microsoft’s upgrade will add in NBC programming, which the iTunes store lost late last year.

However, users will not enjoy any special pricing; Microsoft is apparently using Apple’s $1.99 model. Reuters says that more than 800 TV shows will be available starting today.

The biggest boon for the portable, however, is that it will add a music-sharing service.  Users will be able to view the nine most recently played tracks on friends’ playlists, as well as a selection of “favorites.” However, to play those tracks, you’ll need to pay $15 a month.

Given the Zune’s spot in the marketplace, you’d think they’d be giving that baby away for free—or for a lot cheaper at least. After spending so much on video content, will users have anything left in their piggy-banks for sharing? Would you pay for the added service?

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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