Unicode support in Zune

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When will Zune support uni-code text? (East-Asian font set in particular)
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Scott Kuo

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M3 Sweatt, Official Rep

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I just saw this question appear at the top of the queue and have sent a note over to the Zune team. I believe that the desktop software supports unicode but the most recent version of the firmware in the player does not.
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A follow up, as I spoke with the folks on the Zune team. It’s a feature request that the team is aware of at this point. As we haven't officially launched the Zune in countries with dominant languages that require Unicode, I don't have a date on when this feature may be available.
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It's a shame that a big company like Microsoft ignores so many users and customers, who have bought this device with good money and all they want is to be able to use other languages than English. The frustration even gets bigger, as this minor fix should only take a small effort from the Zune team.

As for me, that was the first and last time I bought something of MS. I wouldn't even buy pencils from them from now on.
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It is very frustrating to have all my songs listed in boxes. I have to go through much pains to organize all my music in a way that I can track down what I'm listening to later if I hear something interesting.

I would really switch over to an iPod in a heartbeat if I had the funds to get another mp3 player.

Is it really THAT difficult to write up something to make many customers happy?
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Totally agree. I am also another unsatisfied Zune Owner. Bought zune first gen, used it for 1 week, has been sitting on my shelf collecting dust ever since. I have enough of Microsoft's lackluster service. But I've given it plenty of chances, always going to official forum to check up on status of unicode support. Its been almost 3 years now, and they still don't have it... I doubt they will ever support it. Also, I am tired of the bs about the user base of zune. When apple Ipod was first sold, it already supported a smorgasbord of languages. If Ipod is Microsoft's main competitor, then they should just throw in the towel and give up,

If any potential buyer is thinking of buying the Zune HD, I would recommend you to stay away.

Extremely pissed at wasting $200 on a paper weight. Maybe my fault for assuming such easy feature is standard for all mp3 players. Then again, zune is the only player i know that don't support unicode.
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I for one is still using a lowly SanDisk Sansa because I can get Unicode support with Rockbox. It’s really a shame to not add Unicode support. For crying out loud, it's piece of cake. Gee C#1.0 is native Unicode already. Sometimes I don't understand who the idiot is in charge of Zune software development. He should be fired for his incompetence and short eyesight. I am sure many non-native MS employees are pissed as well. Shame Shame Shame.
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John Breakwell (ex MSFT), Currently working at a different company

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Hi, I hope I'm not being pedantic but isn't this a limitation of the FONT used used on the Zune to display text and not a problem with Unicode support?
Obviously the complaint is the same ("the characters don't display correctly") but the cause is not.

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John Breakwell (MSFT)
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Yes, it appears to be basically a font issue.

Why can't you guys just use the MS-Office unicode font? You guys must have tons of font files lying around the office, just dust one off...

To get around this, a zune user disassembled his player to get direct access to the disk - please see http://www.zuneboards.com/forums/zune...

This is sad. Just because your player is not available overseas doesn't mean your user base in the local market is totally uni-lingual. Wake up and smell the kopi luwak, guys.