Zune is the portable media player of Microsoft. The Microsoft Zune was launched in late 2006 and was anticipated to compete with the famous Apple iPod for dominance in the mobile media player market.

The Zune provides television output, FM radio reception, and Wi-Fi media streaming apart from the standard media player features like still photograph playback, video, and audio. The exterior casing of the gadget is made by a unique plastic molding method that transforms the color at the corners with different viewing angles. 

The Microsoft Zune started life as the Toshiba 1089 development mode. The Zune integrates a lighter body, improved battery, and a bigger screen based on the hardware of Toshiba Gigabeat and the operating system of its Microsoft Portable Media Center 2. 

The Zune player can support different formats such as WMV, JPEG, AAC, MP3, and WMA. The first-generation Zune doesn’t support podcasts, unlike iPod. However, it doesn’t feature a wireless sharing functionality referred to as “Zune to Zune,” an FM radio, as well as Wi-Fi enabled devices. 

Nonetheless, the Wi-Fi connection can’t be utilized to synchronize with a computer, buy content, or access the internet. Users can only stream purchased music from a Zune to Xbox 360 of Microsoft. 

Encoded digital rights management limits exchanged files so the recipient could play them no more than three times within three days.