Microsoft is launching their new Audio player on November 14, a day marked with mirth and frivolity for those who observe Phil Fest!
Other than the chocolate color, the Zune device doesn't seem to have much sizzle. I am guessing that it might all come in the software and user interface. The idea of being able to zune / squirt / shoot a song to a friend using the WiFi signal seems like a fun way to share music. I'd like to give it a try myself.
It reminds me in a way of the first days of my Palm PDA with infrared beaming. As soon as I saw someone new, I would beam them my contact info so I would be in their address book and would then invariably show them how to set up their business card so that they could send their info to others later. It was always a fun conversation and I enjoyed helping people get more out of their PDA. I hope the Zune is as much fun.
Until the 14th, you can see what Microsoft has has planned for Zune at Zune.net.
I am currently working to get an evaluation unit that we can talk about on the radio show. I'll let you know how that turns out.