FCC documents show Microsoft Zune nudies, specs


— 11:10 AM on August 25, 2006

New documents on the FCC's website reveal a substantial amount of information about Microsoft's upcoming "iPod killer," the Zune. Microsoft itself has been fairly tight-lipped about the player, but the FCC documents show some pictures of both the inside and outside of the device, as well as a manual with some specifications. The Zune is apparently built by Toshiba, and it features a Toshiba 30GB 1.8" hard drive, a 3.0" TFT LCD, an FM tuner with RDBS support, and 802.11g Wi-Fi support via a module manufactured by Taiyo Yuden. The manual also sheds some light on the Zune's built-in content sharing capabilities:

When this [Wi-Fi] setting is on your device will be discoverable by other Pyxis device and also be capable of searching for other Pyxis devices in range. . . . you will be able to send and receive photos and promotional copies of songs, albums and playlists from other Pyxis users. In order to send someone a song or photo, navigate to the piece of content that you would like to send. Click the center button and select the "send" option. You will then be presented with a "nearby" list containing any Pyxis devices that have their wireless setting on and are in range. Select one (and only one) device from the list and a notification will appear on that device allowing that user to accept [or] reject your send.

Pyxis allows you to stream music to up to 4 other Pyxis devices. If you wish to "DJ" content to other devices you need to go either go to settings/music or press the center button in the "now playing" screen. You will be presented with a DJ setting with 3 options: off, on, or friends. If you chose DJ:on, anyone (max 4 at one time) can listen in to the same music that you are currently listening to. . . . If you want to look for people in wireless range who are DJing you should go [to] the community menu and scroll to the "nearby" screen. Here you will see a list of all Pyxis devices in range.

The documents don't explain the meaning of the "Pyxis" term, but Engadget reckons it's simply the name of the network Zune players will use to share content. Regardless, the Zune's content sharing capabilities could cause quite a stir at Apple when the Microsoft player hits stores later this year.
 
   
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