Zune-alicious: The Unboxing

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My 30GB Zune is here…so let’s unbox this eagerly anticipated digital music player together!

Amazon packing materials – nothing too exciting here…

Tossed in the bottom of the box, in a simple clear sleeve, the object of much controversy and discussion awaits.

The box only measures 5.25″ tall x 5.5″ wide x 2.25″ deep.

The box reads:
Includes 30GB Zune digital media player, earphones, sync cable, manuals, and disc.

System Specifications:
Computer running Windows XP SP2 or later, Internet access (high speed recommended; 200MB free hard drive space, USB port (USB 2.0 recommended, CD Drive).


The box side with the seal must be broken before opening…

The heavy paper brown outer sleeve slides off to reveal the inner treasure chest – which reads, “Welcome to the social,” obviously a direct reference to the sharing capabilities of the player.

Breaking the seal on the lower right of the box allows a flap to free…

…which when lifted reveals the clear plastic wrapped Zune!

But wait…there’s more! 😉

Lifting the flaps on either side of the Zune reveals two flaps that when lifted reveal compartments holding the earphones (left) and the sync & charge cable (right).

Next, we’ll open the backside of the box…

…which is where some other goodies are hidden. There is an installation disc, a 14-day free pass to use Zune Pass (a monthly flat fee service which allows access to millions of songs), a product guide, a quick start guide, annnnnd

a very nice microfiber bag that will not only keep the Zune from getting scratches, it should also work well for wiping down the Zunes screen should it get mucked up by fingerprints. 😛

The earphones and the sync & charge cable… everything is nicely branded and tastefully done.

The earphones, while I haven’t tried them out so I couldn’t tell you if they sound any good, do have one interesting property out of the box – their backs are magnetized! They will cling to each other which may help keep them neatly together. 🙂

The Zune… I ordered black, which as you can see has a blue effect sandwiched between its layers. The result is very niiiiice! (said in my best Borat voice) 😉

The Zune measures 4.45″ tall x 2.5″ wide x 0.65″ thick, and it weighs 5.7 ounces.

The material from which is it composed has a wonderful texture that does not show fingerprints. Here you can see the hold slider and the headphone jack.

The sync & charge port is on the bottom, and the controls on the front include a back button, a control pad, and a play/pause button. The control pad clicks – it doesn’t follow your sliding finger.

…and a friendly message from the folks at Microsoft – nice touch! 🙂

That’s it for now. I have installed the software and the Zune is now charging. It’s time for me to restart my computer.

Any questions? 😉

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Judie Lipsett Stanford
Editor in Chief of Gear Diary, Secular Humanist, techie, foodie, hoarder of Kindle eBooks, lover of live music, and collector of passport stamps.