The new Zunes offer the ability to sync wirelessly (automatically if connected to a power supply but can be manually started without it), a new touchpad-style input device, additional file support for H.264 and MPEG-4 files, podcast support, upgraded song-sharing licensing, and software that includes support for DRM-free music in the Marketplace. A free firmware update added the new software features to the original Zune (now called the Zune 30) and was released on November 13, 2007.The first-generation Zune was created while Microsoft was in close cooperation with Toshiba, which took the design of the Gigabeat S and redeveloped it under the name Toshiba 1089 as registered with the FCC starting in the year 2006. Developers often refer to on-device software as firmware, differing from the desktop media player as Zune software.It is said to provide “two-dimensional navigation” for scrolling through items with its directional pad.In the music section, users can add songs to a quick playlist without reconnecting to the desktop software.Although the Zune software was originally a modified version of Windows Media Player, the Zune device was designed to only work with the Zune software.
On the desktop client, the inbox also serves as a message center for Zune Social.
The devices come in three styles, all of which play music, pictures, and videos; display images; and receive FM radio.
They can share files wirelessly with other Zunes and via USB with Xbox 360s, and can sync wirelessly with Windows PCs.
Zune Software functions as management software for the device and library and as a client to the online music store.
The old version was a modified version of Windows Media Player 11, and the latest version is built from the ground up, with additional Direct Show decoders for AAC, MPEG-4 and H.264, it supports the following formats — for audio: MP3 (.mp3), AAC (Low complexity) (.aac, .mp4, .m4a, .m4b, .mov), WMA (.wma); for video: MPEG4 (in .mp4, .m4v and containers), H.264 (in .mp4, .m4v and containers), WMV (.wmv), ASF (.asf); and for still images: JPEG (.jpg).