Zune Updated to 3.1 & Price Drops


One of the best portable media players on the market has had another update. I am really impressed with how things are moving along with the Zune. Since I have had mine, I have seen some pretty big updates for both the software and the player. Keep up the great work Zune team!

From Zune Insider:

Zune gets a little update which will bring a handful of free games, a refresh to Zune Social and incremental improvements to the software.

On the games front, we are giving away three new additions, Checkers, Sudoku and Space Battle, plus a new multiplayer mode and single player difficulty levels for Texas Hold’em.

The team also did some great work the Zune Social visual refresh to make it easier to navigate, as well as adding a new feature called “like minded listeners,” which will let you see how compatible your music tastes are with other listeners and friends.

On the more techie side we focused on improving overall stability and performance in the Zune PC software and device firmware, such as improved play count reporting and content synchronization between the Zune software and the Zune device.

To get the new update, use the PC software, just click settings: check for updates.

Also, Microsoft has cut the price of the smaller flash-based Zune models. The 4GB version dropped to $99, the 8GB model dropped by $10 to $139, and the 16GB model now sells for $179, down from $199.

Microsoft also kicked off a new wave of TV ads on Monday that aim to get more people to download the free Zune software, even if they haven’t yet decided to plunk down for a Zune player or Zune Pass subscription.