So, What's This "Zune Xbox" Microsoft Are Talking About?

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Last we heard about Zune-360 integration was when Microsoft told Gizmodo that it was going to take "a step up", and it was going to happen "within the year". That was October. Now?

Now we have a job listing on Microsoft's web site. It's for a "User Experience Designer". And in the brief, it mentions that the successful applicant will be working on, among other things, the "Zune Xbox".

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Zune Xbox?

Before you start slobbering "OMG MS handheld confirmed", that's likely not what this is. It's mentioned among other applications, and is likely just that: an application. For the existing Zune.

Wonder what it could be for? Could we access our 360's Netflix setup remotely? Are we finally about to get the near-mythical Live Anywhere?

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Maybe! We could go on, but since this story revolves around two words in a job posting, we won't. That would be jumping to conclusions, and you lot are good enough at that as it is. You don't need our help.

User Experience Designer [Microsoft, via Cnet]

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I own a Zune, and I have been very happy with it. The Zune Marketplace offers DRM free MP3's, they've started to do 99 cent CD's on release day (got Common's new release for 99 cents, and the new Fallout Boy this tuesday simply because it was also 99 cents), and the new update makes it run a lot faster and it's not intrusive like itunes is (or was, I haven't used it in forever).

The Zune itself has a nice setup, the Zune Pass is a great deal imo... I really can't think of anything wrong with it.

For anyone in the market for an MP3 player, I'd definitely give the Zune a look. It's flawless integration into Windows and the 360 is a definite plus for me, as well.