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Zune HD 4.5 Firmware Update

Zune HD 4.5 Firmware Update
Much to my delight, Microsoft has just released the 4.5 firmware update for their Zune HD lines of portable music players. Of which, I have. They went directly from 4.3 to 4.5. Other than taking about four minutes to update, everything seems to be working fine. Visually the “tilt” effect is more pronounced giving the entire interface a much deeper three dimensional effect. Personally, I rather liked the older more subtle effect (it took me three days of constant use to realize it was doing it). The “swipe to unlock” image also has a larger drop-shadow beneath it giving, again, a greater sense of depth. There is also a nice little fade out when exiting an application.

Speaking of applications… No more stupid advertisements before loading the games! I’m quite happy about that for a couple of reasons. Not the least of which that my 32Gb Zune is already bursting at the seams and I’d rather use that space for more music, not little adverts for the Zion.

As far as features go, the Zune HD now has many of the features that the Zune Desktop software has such as “SmartDJ” and “Marketplace Pics”. It also supports XviD files without having to convert it to whatever video format it uses… m4v I think. Overall the UI seems to be quicker, lighter, deeper, and slightly more animated.

(“touched” vast – visual audio sensory theater)

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