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What You Need to Know About Zune Software Update 2.5 and Its New Features



Zune Software Update 2.5: What's New and How to Get It




Introduction




If you are a music lover, you probably have heard of Zune, Microsoft's digital media player that competes with Apple's iPod. Zune is not just a device, but also a software that lets you manage your music library, access the online Zune Marketplace, and sync your music with your PC and Xbox 360.




Zune software update 2.5



In May 2008, Microsoft released Zune software update 2.5, which added a bunch of new features and improvements that made Zune even more appealing for music lovers. In this article, we will explore what's new in Zune software update 2.5 and how to get it.


Some of the main features and benefits of Zune software update 2.5 are:



  • TV shows and music videos on the Zune Marketplace



  • DRM-free MP3s on the Zune Marketplace



  • Zune Card, a personalized profile that shows your music taste and friends



  • Gapless playback for uninterrupted listening



  • Smart autoplaylists that update dynamically based on your music criteria



  • New sorting options for your music library



  • Video zoom for better viewing experience



  • Advanced song info editing with drag-and-drop functionality



  • Integration with Windows Live Messenger to show what you are listening to



Zune Marketplace: TV Shows, Music Videos, and DRM-Free MP3s




Zune Marketplace is the online store where you can buy or rent music, videos, podcasts, and games for your Zune device. With Zune software update 2.5, you can now enjoy more content on the Zune Marketplace.


One of the most exciting additions is TV shows. You can now download over 800 episodes of popular TV shows from networks like NBC, MTV, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and more. You can watch them on your PC or sync them to your Zune device for offline viewing.


Another new feature is music videos. You can now browse and download thousands of music videos from various genres and artists. You can watch them on your PC or sync them to your Zune device for offline viewing.


Finally, you can now buy and download DRM-free MP3s from the Z une Marketplace. Unlike the songs that you buy with Zune Points, which are protected by digital rights management (DRM), these MP3s are free of any restrictions and can be played on any device or software that supports MP3 format. You can also burn them to CDs or share them with your friends.


To access the Zune Marketplace, you need to have a Zune account and Zune Points, which are the virtual currency that you use to buy or rent content. You can buy Zune Points with your credit card or PayPal, or redeem them from gift cards or promotional codes.


Once you have Zune Points, you can browse the Zune Marketplace by categories, genres, artists, or keywords. You can preview any song or video before buying or downloading it. You can also see the ratings, reviews, and recommendations from other Zune users.


After you buy or download any content from the Zune Marketplace, you can sync it to your Zune device using the Zune software on your PC. You can also stream it to your Xbox 360 using the Zune Video app on your console.


Zune Card: Share Your Music Taste with Friends




Zune Card is a personalized profile that shows your music taste and friends. It is a virtual card that displays your name, picture, icons, playlists, and most played songs and artists. You can also see your friends' Zune Cards and what they are listening to.


To create a Zune Card, you need to sign in to your Zune account and go to the Social tab on the Zune software. There you can customize your Zune Card with different icons, colors, and backgrounds. You can also create playlists of your favorite songs and share them with your friends.


You can view your friends' Zune Cards by adding them as contacts on the Social tab. You can also find new friends by searching for people who have similar music taste as you. You can send messages, requests, and recommendations to your friends through the Zune software.


You can also sync your friends' Zune Cards to your Zune device and listen to their playlists offline. You can also integrate your Zune Card with Windows Live Messenger and show what you are listening to on your status message.


Zune Software: Gapless Playback, Smart Autoplaylists, and More




Zune software is the application that you use to manage your music library, access the Zune Marketplace, and sync your Zune device. With Zune software update 2.5, you can enjoy some new features and improvements that enhance your music experience.


One of the new features is gapless playback, which means that there is no silence or pause between songs when you play them on your PC or Zune device. This is especially useful for albums that have songs that flow into each other without interruption.


Another new feature is smart autoplaylists, which are playlists that update automatically based on your music criteria. For example, you can create a smart autoplaylist of songs that you have added in the last month, or songs that have a certain genre or rating. You can also create smart autoplaylists based on other playlists or songs.


Some of the new sorting options for your music library are by genre, release year, play count, and last played date. You can also browse your music by album art or by list view. You can sync your music by genre to your Zune device using the sync groups feature.


Another improvement is the advanced song info editing with drag-and-drop functionality. You can now edit the song title, artist name, album name, genre, and other metadata by dragging and dropping them from one song to another. You can also edit multiple songs at once by selecting them and right-clicking on them.


Finally, you can now zoom in and out of video playback on your PC or Zune device using the mouse wheel or the touchpad. You can also adjust the brightness and contrast of the video using the sliders on the bottom right corner of the screen.


Conclusion




Zune software update 2.5 is a great update for music lovers who use Zune devices and software. It adds a lot of new content and features that make listening to music more enjoyable and social. You can now watch TV shows and music videos on the Zune Marketplace, buy DRM-free MP3s from the Zune Marketplace, share your music taste with friends using Zune Card, enjoy gapless playback of your songs, create smart autoplaylists based on your music criteria, sort and sync your music by genre, edit song info with drag-and-drop functionality, zoom in and out of video playback, and integrate your Zune Card with Windows Live Messenger.


If you want to get Zune software update 2.5 , you need to have a Zune device and a Zune account. You can download the Zune software for free from the official website and install it on your PC. Then, you can connect your Zune device to your PC and follow the instructions to update the software to version 2.5. You can also check for updates manually by clicking on Settings > Software > General > Check for Updates.


We hope you enjoy the new features and improvements of Zune software update 2.5 and share your feedback with us. Zune is more than just a music player, it is a social music experience that connects you with your friends and the music you love.


FAQs




Here are some common questions and answers about Zune software update 2.5:


Q: How much does Zune software update 2.5 cost?




A: Zune software update 2.5 is free for all Zune users. You only need to pay for the content that you buy or rent from the Zune Marketplace using Zune Points.


Q: How can I get Zune Points?




A: You can buy Zune Points with your credit card or PayPal, or redeem them from gift cards or promotional codes. You can also earn Zune Points by participating in the Zune Social Rewards program, which rewards you for sharing your music taste and inviting your friends to join Zune.


Q: How can I watch TV shows and music videos on my Xbox 360?




A: You can stream TV shows and music videos from the Zune Marketplace to your Xbox 360 using the Zune Video app on your console. You need to have an Xbox Live Gold membership and a Zune account to access the app. You can also sync TV shows and music videos from your PC to your Zune device and then connect it to your Xbox 360 using the USB cable.


Q: How can I edit my Zune Card?




A: You can edit your Zune Card by signing in to your Zune account and going to the Social tab on the Zune software. There you can change your name, picture, icons, colors, backgrounds, playlists, and friends. You can also edit your Zune Card online by going to social.zune.net and signing in with your Windows Live ID.


Q: How can I create smart autoplaylists?




A: You can create smart autoplaylists by clicking on New Playlist > Smart Playlist on the Music tab on the Zune software. There you can name your playlist and set the criteria for the songs that you want to include, such as genre, rating, play count, release year, etc. You can also create smart autoplaylists based on other playlists or songs by right-clicking on them and selecting Create Smart Playlist. dcd2dc6462


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