Microsoft is delivering the spring firmware update for its Zune HD 4.5 over the ‘next few weeks,’ company officials said on March 29:
Smart DJ on Zune HD was added last fall and now “we’re bringing this popular music discovery feature (and instant playlist creator) to Zune HD device.” According to Microsoft, “if you’ve a Zune Pass music subscription it’ll pull music from your existing collection and Zune Marketplace catalog to create mix. If you don’t’ve Zune Pass subscription you can still use Smart DJ to build playlist from collection on your device.”
Picks on Zune HD algorithm analyzes what you listen to and compares that to millions of other Zune users to make personalized recommendations. With this update, you’ll be able to access these automatic recommendations directly on Zune HD device as well as on your PC.”
Browse and Stream Music from Zune Marketplace on your TV: Using Zune HD A/V dock, you can connect your Zune HD to your TV to play your favorite videos and music from your device on big screen. With 4.5 update, users also will be able to browser and stream music from Zune Marketplace directly on their TVs.
Expanded Video Codec Support to include MPEG-4 Part 2 Advanced Simple Profile (ASP), which includes Xvid and AVI support, users can access broader range of video content natively on Zune HD with no transcoding required.