Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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Is Zune Marketplace Just a WMP11 Skin?

You be the judge (roll over image for comparison):

Yeah, I know the Zune Marketplace one is hard to see. Blame Engadget

Note the locations of most UI elements are practically identical. Also the shuffle and repeat buttons are the same, and the button layout is identical too. The only really notible differences are the "options" and "sign in" buttons next to the search box, and the lack of a toolbar at the top..



  • Earlier this week, I blogged that the new Xbox 360 Dashboard is the clearest evidence yet that Microsoft

    November 3, 2006 1:32 PM
  • Shawn Oster said:

    It would make perfect sense.  Obviously the Media Team spent a lot of time trying to make a great user experience so why reinvent the wheel when you can just put new rims on it.

    November 3, 2006 1:41 PM
  • Keeron Modi said:

    Wouldn't it make sense for long term to move away from a separate application and utilize the (new) WMP for Zune? Similar to the Urge integration, they could just have a zune category or even blur the lines and make it easy...when you plug your Zune in, you get new options on the left-side nav in WMP. I'd like that integration, considering i am jumping between iTunes and WMP on my Vista like crazy - iTune is not the ideal media player, and I can't use WMP for my IPOD (copying files).

    November 3, 2006 2:49 PM
  • Dan said:

    It is very strange that MS didn't provide iPod support for WMP 11. If you want to ween people away they need the middle road. Even more bizarre is that supposedly Zune will pointedly never be integrated into WMP 11 which makes no sense at all. Instead of providing a clear solution you have simply muddied the waters terribly.

    November 7, 2006 4:11 PM
  • AngelCrisis said:

    I agree that the interface does look similar but after reading the Engadget blog you can see that the title bar shows ZUNE. I for one do not believe that Microsoft is stupid enough to show the final release software. Even if this is the case the WMP11 is designed very well and also works very well too and i see no reason to go a different route. And as far as WMP11 not supporting iPods, dont you think that it might be apples decision not to let Microsoft play their music. The entire apple world is only thriving because of the isolation the iPod created. If Apple were to release the right of iTunes to Microsoft, it would be the death of Apple. -that is all

    November 12, 2006 1:47 AM