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Zune For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Brian Johnson , Duncan Mackenzie , Harvey Chute
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Let Microsoft insiders Brian Johnson and Duncan Mackenzie introduce you to Zune, the exciting new portable media player that plays both audio and video. They explain the numerous entertaining possibilities of Zune, such as transferring a music collection to your Zune, purchasing new music, connecting with friends who share similar taste in music via ZuneLive!, and hooking Zune to your Xbox 360. Additional fun features covered include watching video on Zune, subscribing to podcasts, creating content to share with others, and a preview of upcoming Zune models.

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From the Back Cover

Get the scoop on Zune from insiders

Get in the Zune zone, tune in, turn on, watch, listen, and share

With Zune, you have a portable entertainment unit that fits into your pocket and lets you take your music (500 hours of it), photos, and videos with you everywhere. This friendly guide walks you through everything from installing the software and basic operation to browsing Zune Marketplace with more than two million tracks and connecting with fellow Zuners.

  • Transfer and manage your music collection
  • Import and watch videos

  • Create content to share

  • Connect to FM radio, your stereo, TV, or Xbox 360

  • Use the built-in Wi-Fi features

  • Take advantage of Zune Marketplace

About the Author

Brian Johnson is a product manager for Microsoft. He’s the author of a number of technology books including (with Duncan) Xbox 360 For Dummies. You can find out more about Brian by visiting his blog at http://bufferoverrun.net.

Duncan Mackenzie is a software developer at Microsoft working on several Web video sites, including http://on10.net and http://channel9.msdn.com. When he isn’t working or writing, he spends most of his time with his wife and two kids, and when they are asleep he fires up the Xbox 360. At any given moment you may find him online playing Viva Piñata, Oblivion or Halo 3. He has a habit of watching TV show episodes on his Zune, including “Star Trek: Enterprise” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. You can contact Duncan through his Web site, www.duncanmackenzie.net.

Harvey Chute is owner and editor of Zunerama.com, an online resource center for Zune owners. He moderates Zunerama’s user boards, oversees the site’s technical support section, conducts photo reviews of Zune players and accessories, and writes the site’s daily Zune blog. A project manager and software developer for a national systems integration and consulting company, Harvey has authored over fifty internal technical documents, white papers, and consulting deliverables. His interests include software development, gadgets, music, photography, woodworking, running, snowboarding, and enjoying life with his wife and three daughters.


Product Details

  • File Size: 8304 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WPXTEW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You don't need this book January 16, 2009
Format:Paperback
I bought this book because when I bought my zune, I was shocked that it did not include instructions other than how to download the software from the internet, and how to charge it.

Little did I know that Microsoft was going to send me FREE information by e-mail about my zune.

Also this book was written for version 1.0. We are now using 3.1 version software, so a lot of things have changed.

Don't buy this book because you are confused about your device, it is outdated and you will receive free help soon. Once you play with your zune for a couple weeks, you will have figured it out anyway.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has it all March 11, 2008
Format:Paperback
This book has it all. I had bought the pocket guide in store at Barnes & Noble as they didn't have a copy of Dummies. The pocket guide was mostly technical and did not tell you how to do much of anything. The Zune for Dummies book gets into everything you need to know in order to actually enjoy using your device. Specifics that were helpfull was video conversion, preferred settings, and links to many websites for downloadable content.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not great February 13, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book for my 57 year old wife after she recieved a Zune 8GB player as a Christmas gift. The book has helped her understand the players capabilities to some extent, but it was written for the ealier Zune versions. She does like having the book as a reference, as opposed to sorting thru different screens of an on-line manual. Having the book and another experienced user to consult seems to be key for her.
Overall, the book was worth the expense.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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The one-page pamphlet that comes with the Zune is simply insufficient for the novice. Zune for Dummies got me through the first week of trying to figure out how to do things that the Zune instructions don't get into. Zune is great for video, but Zune instructions don't tell you diddly! Zune for Dummies gets you going in the right direction.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zune for Dummies September 9, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
OUTSTANDING - I'm not in the 11-29 group so I needed all the help I could get trying to bring my new Zune up to speed. This book is absolutely amazing - it worked and now so does my Zune. I am VERY delighted with both the book and my new Zune!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading book. Only for Zune 4, 8, 30g March 23, 2009
By D. Kolb
Format:Paperback
I own the Zune 80gb, Zune 120gb and the IPod 160gb for various professional reasons. I truly love the Zune more than my IPod. I wanted this book to help me understand the little secrets for loading, sorting and organizing my music. The descriptions within the Amazon Zune for Dummies are totally generic as to which Zune devices they apply for, and the Amazon descriptions do not state which Zune this book even applies to. Therefore, the authors make more money selling the book to the Zune 80gb and the Zune 120gb users who cannot use this book at all. Once I received this book, all the diagrams and instructions are specifically for the Zune 4, Zune 8 and the Zune 30. Therefore, this book is of ABSOLUTELY NO USE for Zune 80gb and Zune 120gb users. The software for the 80gb and 120gb is totally different than the 30gb software; and SOFTWARE IS WHAT THE MP3 PLAYERS ARE ALL ABOUT!!! Therefore, all the software instructions within this book are not close to being applicable to your Zune 80gb or Zune 120gb. The diagrams supporting the text instructions are for the Zune 30, thus the command pad instructions for using the input & output holes & ports described within the book are not for the Zune 80gb or the Zune 120gb. This book's command pad instruction set for the music commands do not even apply to the Zune 80gb or the Zune 120gb.

I say, get the Zune 80gb or Zune 120gb and enjoy the MP3 or MP4 or FM Tuner or your pod cast lifestyle, just avoid this book. By the way, the Microsoft Zune is so much better than the Apple IPod in so many ways, like organizing your music directories and music files your way for your artists and songs, and not dealing with the Apple ITunes DRM protection software that totally limits where your songs can be copied to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars zune for dummies April 30, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As one reviewer called this book "...for dummies who can't find the information free on the web" - this is true, but for anyone who doesn't have the TIME to search through the zillions disassembled pieces of information about the Zune or the knowledge of which of those pieces they need, this is a great reference - a lot of it was almost too technical, but I got the basics of what I needed and recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to take the time to wade through the endless information on the web, free through it may be!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Book not helpful June 10, 2008
Format:Paperback
The software I downloaded did not look anything like the examples in the book. I'm returning the Zune and the book. Hope you have better luck.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for all Zune Models
This book works for my old, giant, Zune but I bought it for my son's Zune which is smaller, like an ipod. The information works for mine but not for his.
Published 3 months ago by Karen E. Koch
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not order or receive it.
I did not ever order nor receive this product, so I really cannot comment on this book. Most all Amazon products that I bought in the past years, have been great with the exception... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Herbert W. Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
The Zune was given as a gift with no book so I knew nothing about how it worked so this book helped me.
Published 5 months ago by cheryl
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for beginners
I work with computers so downloading music was easy to figure out. I bought the book to help me figure out how to set up the playlists, use the sync'ing softwre, etc. Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by CareBear
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Dummies
This book is very user friendly. I know nothing about the Zune, and it is very helpful.
Published on January 26, 2010 by Born Texan
4.0 out of 5 stars ZUNE INFO
GOOD SOURCE OF INFO FOR THE BEGINNER,EASY READING AND HELPFUL FOR GETTING AROUND THE ZUNE.
THANK YOU
Published on November 11, 2009 by Robert Dyroff
2.0 out of 5 stars Zune for Dummies
I'd rate this book as marginally helpful. It doesn't direct you in ways to use other programs to load songs & digital books. Read more
Published on September 8, 2009 by Patrick Hasamear
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful With Things I Didn't Know About Zune
There is so much that I didn't know about my Zune 120 mg. I'm sorry to say that it came with very little information packed in with it. Read more
Published on August 25, 2009 by N. Marshall
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money
It is just hard to get new movies on to the Zune and this book is out dated .
Published on June 29, 2009 by James M. Callahan
4.0 out of 5 stars got us going
We owned the Zune for almost a year and had a difficult time figuring it out. This book allowed us to get moving with the zune and now we have made marvelous use of the machine
Published on January 6, 2009 by Sherri L. Kappas
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