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Old 04-06-2010, 06:55 AM
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I think it would be nice to have some sort of memory for playlists. Like, I'll be listening to a shuffled playlist.. and say, I decide I want to show a friend a video. So I load the video. Later though I want to go back to the playlist, but the Zune won't remember the order of the songs or the song I was at on the list. It's just a tad annoying having to possibly listen to songs again that you recently listened to since I'd have to reshuffle the playlist. Not a big deal, but something that would be nice.

I noticed that videos remember which time you last paused it.. perhaps the same can be done for playlists?
Just save the now playing.
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Old 04-06-2010, 07:17 AM
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- ability to add words on the auto-complete feature
- acelermeter lock on browser
- cover flow
- multi-viewer(pdf,txt,doc...)
- download podcast straight to device
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:02 AM
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I'll repost what I posted before on the Firmware wishlist thread here. If I were to put my top 3 firmware requests, I would say pervasive landscape mode (for all menus), books (audiobooks (in mp3 format) and e-books) on the device and in software, and showing TV shows as series, then seasons and episodes rather than a huge list of episodes while in the software.


Interface - enhancements

-landscape mode album view using large album art. Something comparable to the iPod touch album view coverflow, but I know Zune can do it better
-landscape artist view, using artist picture; landscape genre view, perhaps using an 'album wheel' effect or a 'cd case flip' effect
-landscape mode video view. It's a bit...unpolished looking, I guess is the way to put it, when finishing a show, in landscape, and the menu pops up in portrait-mode. It just feels wrong that the menu doesn't know to turn itself sideways.
-landscape mode main menu, radio, marketplace, social, podcasts, settings.
-in landscape video, show TVs and Movies as DVD cover-sized images.
-Click on the image of a TV show, say Alias, to get a picture of the seasons present on device. click the picture to play the season; click the text next to it to get a list of episodes. So for example, if you're in Videos, swipe to TV, then click a TV Show's text to see the list of seasons. Click a season to play it or the text next to it to see individual episodes. Treat seasons like music albums - a playlist of videos/audio.
-move podcasts up after video or after pictures. It makes more sense to put user content next to one another.
-allow user-defined genres to be considered podcasts and sorted as such. I name my podcasts as 'ZENcasts' or 'Zunecasts' simply because 'podcast' reminds me of iPod. Nitpicky, yes, but the ability to consider my own genres as podcasts would be a nice way to keep things tidy in the software and on the device.
-when playing a song, and clicking on the artist name, do not go main menu->artist. Just go directly to the artist profile on the Zune.
-sort apps into genres like music; something like 'games,' 'all,' and 'utilities' would be nice.
-allow user to change the artist background picture from the choices in the artist bio. For example, click on artist, swipe to pictures, then tap/hold the picture and 'set as artist background.' Sometimes users do want to change the default background here as well.
-add 'books' as a high level menu item under pictures, with two swipe-menus - audio and e-books. Integrate the MS Reader content and audible/overdrive into the interface from within the Zune software. If this is done, I can create an e-book of my document in MS Word, then synch it to the Zune to read on the go.
-add a 'car mode' when you are plugged into an FM tuner to keep play controls present onscreen to make it easier to control while driving.
-when playing a song, showing the album cover, tap and drag your finger up/down to change volume (one less motion than currently). Tap and drag left/right to seek left/right.
-mark mp3s as audiobook, and have them show up under Audiobook, under the 'books' high-level menu item. This way, if I purchase a book on CD, and I rip it to my zune, it will show correctly as a book, and allow me to have bookmarks like podcasts, and have all the tracks segregated away from music and podcasts.

Playlists
-instead of just 'now playing' add 'add to new playlist' as an option when tap/holding a song.
-deleting a playlist on the device should not delete all the tracks that are in the playlist
-adding a playlist to the device should not add duplicates of the song to the device.
-add the ability to create a playlist from the songs already on the device only
-fine control of playlists so that I can specify two songs always play back-to-back if I choose.
-allow creating of video playlists so I can have 3-4 videos play back-to-back.
-ability to create podcast playlists on device


Apps
-add at least an RSS Reader that feeds from the common feeds list used by outlook/IE8
-add at best an e-book reader (preferably as a high-level menu item 'books' with submenus 'e-books' and 'audiobooks'), calendar, contacts, movie times, Bing (maps, search, etc.), KenKen, card games, RTS games, shooter games (like R-Type or Starfox), Bible app with multiple translations (or just allow e-books on the device to avoid possible issues with releasing only one holy book over another), dictionary/thesaurus (with multiple languages), translator along the lines of dict.leo.org, stocks apps, and a txt/rtf/doc/docx reader.

General
-improve screen responsiveness. There are many times that I swipe up on the lock screen and it takes about 5-7 swipes for it to register that I did something.
-improve play control responsiveness. There are many times when I press and hold the rewind button, and it interprets this as a previous track press, and instead of rewinding, the Zune begins skipping tracks. This is incredibly frustrating.
-improve swipe responsiveness. When swiping left/right to switch tracks, sometimes it doesn't work. I love the partial swipe restarting the track though, I do manage to use that on a semi-regular basis.
-support video with multiple audio tracks, and allow me to switch between them.
-add equalizer for music tracks, and allow equalizer settings on a per-song basis as well, so that if there's one song that sounds good on setting A, and another on setting B, let them have those settings even while in a playlist
-additional screensavers besides the album info currently on device.

Browser
-add support for 'tabs' to allow multiple pages open at once.
-add a forward button
-allow screen rotation while the keyboard is open. This is mildly frustrating to close it, rotate, then re-open the browser's keyboard.

PC Software
-include the advanced tag editor from WMP 11 into Zune. I like the fine-tuned control that that version gave me over the information included in my files.
-allow separate album art editing from the rest of the song. Sometimes I do want to change album art on mp3s without changing song names. Let me search for additional album art from Zune.
-make the 'tv, movies, music videos' persistent in the right-hand side of the screen so we don't have to always click videos, then tv to get back to where we were. Fewer clicks is always better, and this is consistent with the rest of the interface.
-add 'view all' under TV, just like in movies so we can see all the TV series on the marketplace.
-add an e-book and audiobook marketplace to buy audible content and e-books from within Zune. You already have an e-book market on your MS Reader site, so integrating it here would make it more discoverable and more likely to find wider audience. Here you could include the free dictionaries you already have available on the MS Reader site, plus the paid books as well. Allow us to tag mp3 files as books.
-add 'Zuniversity' into the Marketplace, collecting educational e-books, audiobooks, and podcasts free for the user to download.
-When in the Marketplace, remember where you were in the 'view all' sections so that it doesn't return you to the top of the list.
-add a 'people who bought this also bought...' to increase exposure of other movies and TV Shows
-add drill-down searches while in the marketplace. If I start typing 'c...o....n...s' while in the movies marketplace, it should know to take me to Constantine, and then highlight that movie for me as the first match
-add a 'view all' option to TV Shows just like with movies to view all TV shows on one page.
-leave the "browse" menu on all pages so we can easily switch between TV and Movies - fewer clicks is always good.
-use more screen space. The software seems designed for 4:3 screens, whereas most people have 16:9 or 16:10 screens nowadays.
-right-click and 'favorite' an artist. Next time they release something, you get a notice on the side "New albums by your favorite artists" on your 'channels' screen.
-create multiple channels for your TV Shows, and enable Zune Marketplace recommendations based on the shows in the channel.
-right click and 'favorite' a TV show. Next time a new episode is released on Zune, you get a notice in your Channel that a new episode is up, making it easy for you to buy new episodes.
-playlist analyzer - have the Zune software analyze the songs on my playlist to see which songs would go best after one another. It would not bring other songs in, just use the ones on the list.
-in My collection, I have a large number of items. Putting the letters of the alphabet along the side would help as a drill-down, or better yet, in TV, show just the series, and not every episode on the screen. Show TV shows as series, click on that to get a list of seasons, then the episodes.
-allow adding TV series artwork
-allow adding TV series season artwork
-allow more detailed metadata on video files, such as language, channel, rating, studio, director/producer/writer, cast/role, and specifying if a show is a special as opposed to part of the regular show and allow sorting on these values.
-add more sort options (airdate (with headings for year, then month&day), year, studio, rating, etc.), and put them all there so we can click on one filter, then a second to sort by the first, then second; this would enable us to sort by 'title' then 'release date' if we so chose. There are times I've wanted to see everything from Fall 2009, but I cannot sort by release date as it is.
-display TV series as one DVD cover per series, not every episode splayed about. This would make the interface much much cleaner and usable. Showing just the series, then click to display the seasons also as DVD covers, but with a +-icon to expand out to show the individual episodes within a season. I have many hundreds of episodes already, and it's unwieldy to navigate to the S's because I have a few hundred episodes standing in the way.
-in Collection > TV, on the left or top, include the letters of the alphabet and "all" as another persistent filter, so I click 'A' to see only my shows starting with A, then "all" to see everything again.
-include a play icon over a TV series to play all as a video playlist
-include a play icon over a TV series season's icon to play a season as a playlist.
-enable drilldown searches; if I'm in TV, and I start typing in the search box, beginning with S, then T, then A, the software should begin to limit to the TV shows containing those characters in the title. I don't want it to search my music collection and Zune and social. I just want it to search in TV shows. There should be a setting to switch "search all" and "search here" (to search only in the videos>movies or collection>videos>TV Shows for example)
-enable us to search by cast and crew of a TV show so if I wanted to see everything with David Tennant in it, I could search in TV shows for 'David Tennant' and it would drill down to show only those TV Shows with him in it.
-allow cross-pollination of my media from Zune to Media Center. If I have videos in Zune, show those in the same corresponding library with the same metadata in Media Center.
-ability to 'complete this album' if you have an album that is missing a few tracks that's available in the marketplace. A great way to drive more traffic onto the Marketplace.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:14 AM
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I'd like a better keyboard.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:03 AM
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That's a serious list JJohnson. Tons of useful requests in there for sure.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:07 AM
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Just save the now playing.
That won't accomplish what's he asking for. He would like to go back to the exact place he left off, which I agree would be awesome. I wish the software would do the same. Sometimes I'll be listening to something and browsing videos in the Marketplace and want to sample a video then go right back to where I left off to what I was playing before.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:50 AM
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I'd like a better keyboard.
I personally think the keyboard is one of the best around, I'm probably faster on it than on my iPod Touch.
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:06 AM
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faster app loading time
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:17 AM
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Actual the only real thing missing is handing streaming audio. Like from a radio station or shoutcast/icecast feeds. Basically a mp3 style in a m3u wrapper.

Or could be a pandora etc app.

PS: Need to verify again but think there is a bug if editing multiple songs at one time in the PC software side.
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:38 AM
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WPA 2 enterprise and ill be the happiest zune owner EVAR. right now i'm pretty satisified, however, with wpa2 enterprise, i'll be super super dee duper uper quadruple x10 happy. SERIOUS.
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:59 AM
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One very minor update i would like is that when your listening to a song and your like "oh, i like this song" and you start a Smart DJ playlist, it stops the song and starts a different one. Its just slightly annoying.

So maybe if it would continue playing the song while compiling a list of 29 other songs?

Maybe it just annoys me.. lol


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Old 04-06-2010, 02:02 PM
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Well... let's see.

1) Custom EQ
2) Better Overall Performance, there's no limit to faster speeds, but you guys have done great at making 4.5 faster, which I really appreciate
3) Better WiFi support

That's it for me.
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Old 04-06-2010, 03:04 PM
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Add a mixtape section to the Marketplace. There is a lot of amazing free music online and it would be great if it could be integrated into the marketplace and recommended in Smart dj.
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Old 04-06-2010, 04:05 PM
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I like the keyboard! Good quality.
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Old 04-06-2010, 06:56 PM
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INTERNET:
- WPA2 Enterprise Support
- Flash or Silverlight
- Better JavaScript
- Home Page
- Forward
- Browser Tabs
- Choosing the type of search engine when clicking the Magnifying Glass. (Bing, Yahoo, Google)
- Allow screen rotation while the keyboard is open.
- Overall, updated web browser since YouTube says the Browser is out of date.

MUSIC:
- Repeat on, REGARDLESS of changing song. (This should've been fixed for 4.5)
- Custom Eq
- More formats

VIDEO:
- Custom Eq
- More formats

SETTINGS:
- Option to have Music, Video, Pictures, Marketplace, Internet, or Apps show up on the Main Menu.

APPS:
- Chat app (irc, msn, yahoo, icq, aim)
- Whatever the people want and whatever Microsoft can do.

Games:
- Line Rider
- Whatever the people want and whatever Microsoft can do

MISC:

- Ability to add words on the Auto-Complete feature.
- Multi-Text Viewer (.txt, .pdf, .doc)

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Old 04-06-2010, 08:40 PM
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Custom eq
Tabbed browsing
A bit far out, but drag and drop
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:32 PM
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Well, my biggie was already aded this update (pass/marketplace on the TV dock) .

All that is left is Podcast management on the player...add new ones and update current ones wirelessly.

That is honestly about it for me as far as what I really, really want. Most everything else falls into the 'that's neat but I really don't care one way or the other' category for me.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:54 PM
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INTERNET:
- WPA2 Enterprise Support
- Flash or Silverlight
- Better JavaScript
- Home Page
- Forward
- Browser Tabs
- Choosing the type of search engine when clicking the Magnifying Glass. (Bing, Yahoo, Google)
- Allow screen rotation while the keyboard is open.
- Overall, updated web browser since YouTube says the Browser is out of date.

MUSIC:
- Repeat on, REGARDLESS of changing song. (This should've been fixed for 4.5)
- Custom Eq
- More formats

VIDEO:
- Custom Eq
- More formats

SETTINGS:
- Option to have Music, Video, Pictures, Marketplace, Internet, or Apps show up on the Main Menu.

APPS:
- Chat app (irc, msn, yahoo, icq, aim)
- Whatever the people want and whatever Microsoft can do.

Games:
- Line Rider
- Whatever the people want and whatever Microsoft can do

MISC:

- Ability to add words on the Auto-Complete feature.
- Multi-Text Viewer (.txt, .pdf, .doc)
I actually think that preventing the rotation is best. Having the keyboard flipping around when your trying to type something, while laying down, would be very annoying.

Having a homepage would be great. Tabs too.

Yeah that magnifier. Haven't used it. Once I found I couldn't switch search engines, I bookmarked google and went from there.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:30 PM
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Add a mixtape section to the Marketplace. There is a lot of amazing free music online and it would be great if it could be integrated into the marketplace and recommended in Smart dj.
YES...love this idea!
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:13 AM
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Here is my list:

Interface:
Give us the ability to view a bigger album art inside now playing screen...(for example, double tap on the album art in now playing screen to make it "fullscreen" and view the details.

Also an horizontal (widescreen) mode for now playing with a long search bar.

Music:
More audio formats support (flac, ogg), a custom EQ

Video:
Make the video screen auto-rotating.

Battery optimizations (if possible)
Better wifi signal range (if possible through software)


I think that everything else (except apps, games and flac support in software) is already there.
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