Sunday, November 18, 2007

FAQ's about Zunes in the Philippines

UPDATED: August 17, 2009

I have received numerous mails asking where to get hold and buy a Zune, (30gb and the new ones). So I decided to just make this entry to answer those future inquiries. Honestly, I didn't expect this many e-mails asking about Zune.  I guess after the 80gb launch, people have been interested in the Zune due to it's price/feature compared to the iPod. It's really a worthy alternative.

Where can I buy a Zune in the Philippines? Is there a dealer?

As of now there are no official dealers in the Philippines. Some Zunes are sold by individuals, not stores.. You can also check online classified sites like or

Warranty? Where can I service the unit should it break down?

Sadly none, that is the risk of owning a zune.. It is a US only product/support. Sorry to say that. But if it's any consolation, I can personally say that Zune 30 is a sturdy product, you won't have to worry on scratches on the screen or body. Though the Zune 120 has a glossy look and you may want to cover it up with Zune 80/120 Invisible Shield sold here.

Accessories!! I need zune accessories!

I recently bought a Zune Silicon case from Silie, a seller in She sells PDair accessories for almost any device found on the PDair Zune cases catalog. Maybe you could find something you like.

What are the new features of the Zune 80?

First of all, remember that the first generation zunes will also receive the new firmware update, meaning you get all the eye candy and features of the Zune 80 on your Zune 30. The noteworthy features of Zune 80 is the 3.2" glass covered screen, zune-pad (you can flick through the "squircle" pad), wireless sync (30gb via firmware update), radio (30gb also), podcast support (30gb via firmware update).

How do you upgrade to the most recent version?

You can upgrade to the very recent version by first, downloading the new software here:

From time to time, you may need to update your Zune to get the latest improvements and new features.

Check for Zune device updates

  • In the Zune software, click Settings, Device, Device Update.
  • If an update is available, follow the instructions on the screen to install it.
  • Like the Zune device, the Zune software is updated from time to time with improvements and new features. Make sure you have the latest version.

Check for Zune software updates

  • In the Zune software, click Settings, Software, Check for updates.
  • If an update is available, follow the instructions on the screen to install it.

Is there a way to completely turn off the unit where in even I press any button, the unit is still off?

Press and hold the back button together with the down button in the circle pad for a while. The unit will turn itself on. To switch is back on. Press the play/pause button. To avoid turning the unit on while it’s turned off, lock the buttons by clicking the lock tab on top, the orange strip should be showing.

Where can I buy the data cable locally?

As of now, zune accessories is not sold locally, you may try your luck on classified websites like ebay, or and try searching for zunes.

Can we buy Zunes from you?

No, I don’t sell them.

Any more questions?

I would suggest that you use the search function on the right panel, or back-read the posts in this blog before asking. Some of your questions may have already been answered by a post or a comment.

Hey, you missed something...

Do help me update this post about anything (stores selling zune, resource sites, programs..etc..) by commenting below.


Zune 80 / 120 Pros and Cons


  • It has Wifi sharing feature and wifi syncing
  • Zune has FM radio
  • Nicer interface compared to iPod
  • Way cooler than iPod as few people have it (got that exclusive-feel)
  • Supports podcasts
  • with larger LCD portrait screen, widescreen mode on movie.
  • Zune touch pad button on Zune 80
  • With the same price you get more with the Zune


  • Not yet supported in the Philippines!
  • No accessories available yet.. (if you search well you can find though)
  • Can’t mount as storage drive support
  • You can’t play music stored on zune while plugged in the PC (using the PC speakers)
  • No Mac support
  • No calendar, contacts, notes, etc..stuff
  • Zune 80 has no EQ
  • Risky since it has no support locally.


Zune HD Pros and Cons


  • Can output Hi Definition videos to your HD TV’s via the HDMI dock.
  • Supports HD Radio.
  • Packs Nvidia Tegra chip
  • OLED screen results in crisp images and black blacks, low power consumption.
  • supports multi-touch gestures.
  • With the same price you get more with the Zune


  • Still not supported in the Philippines!
  • Can’t mount as storage drive support
  • No Mac support
  • Zune HD has no mention of apps unlike iPod
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