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Zune Zone

6:00 PM -- I don't have much to add to the Zune media frenzy. Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s $250, 30GB MP3 player is clearly a direct rival to the world-beating iPod.

But I do have to wonder just how useful the device's WiFi capabilities will be. I've tried downloading tunes over an 802.11g connection, which is what I imagine the Zune will use, and, while not as bad as dialup, it can be slow, slow, slow. Especially if there's a lot of other WiFi traffic in the vicinity. So, much as I like the idea of downloading new tunes to a player before leaving the house of a morn, I wonder if the Zune will cut it. We'll just have to wait and hear.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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