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Zune news: New streaming podcasts, new Zune Social functionality

Microsoft sent word today about two new Zune features.

Starting today, Zune will feature one of the most robust audio podcast catalogs available for streaming directly from your web browser – no need to connect to the Zune Marketplace. And, active participants in our forums can keep tabs on the latest Zune discussions by directly subscribing to a topic-based RSS feed.

Finally, Zune Social members can get competitive by testing their friends’ music knowledge through quizzes they create and associate with their profiles – artists listed as answers will be linked to artist pages so the music discovery never stops.

The Zune Insider blog as a bit more information:

Head on over to Http://Social.Zune.Net/Podcasts/ to try out the new streaming audio podcasts through your browser. We now have one of the largest streaming audio podcast catalogs - so go browse and enjoy. Also don't forget to create a music quiz - everyone is doing it, or so I hear.

You may continue to see some leftovers of the update last night like delayed play count data. This data is not being lost, it just may take a little longer to display. Thanks again for all your patience. The work we did on the backend will help the Zune service continue to grow and scale.

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