Microsoft today has unveiled the new updated Zune 4.0 software for Windows along with retail availability of Zune HD. The latest Zune software takes full advantage of the new Windows 7 taskbar features – enabling Jump Lists, minimization to taskbar mode, video/album art previews with full playback control and support for Aero Snap.
What’s New in Zune 4.0 Software:
- Quickplay – Get instant access to the stuff you care about most with shortcuts to favorites, recently downloaded or played music, videos, and more.
- Smart DJ mix – From any artist, album, or song, Smart DJ will generate a related playlist from the music on your computer and new music from Zune Marketplace.
- Mini Player Mode – Putting the Zune software into mini mode while listening to music allows you to use your other programs while continuing to see what’s playing.
- Zune Marketplace with Apps and Games.
- Purchase or rent HD Movies from Zune Marketplace.
- Optimized for Windows 7:
- Support for Windows 7 Jump Lists.
- Minimization to Taskbar.
- Video/album art previews with full playback control.
- Support for Aero Snap.
Minimization to Taskbar
Video/album art previews with full playback control.
Support for Windows 7 Jump Lists.
Mini Player Mode
Microsoft also plans to release Twitter and Facebook apps for Zune HD later this year along with tighter integration with Xbox 360. Some of the first 3D games that you’ll see for this Nvidia Tegra-powered player will be Project Gotham Racing: Ferrari Edition, Vans Sk8: Pool Service, and Audiosurf Tilt.
Zune HD is shipping today with a few casual games, calculator and MSN Weather apps pre-loaded onto it.
Here is a quick hands-on video showing Zune HD Apps in action:
Zune 4.0 can be downloaded for Windows from the link given below:
Download Zune 4.0