The Spring update for the Zune is launching today, and several new features have been added. One of the biggest changes is that now the video store has expanded to include TV shows. They’ve got about 800 TV shows available and each show is priced at $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points) per episode. Content comes from a handful of different networks like Comedy Central, MTV, NBC Universal, Nikelodeon, and more. While Apple offers many more TV shows, this is a start for Microsoft and we all know it took Apple a while to get to the point that they’re at.

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The Zune has also gone more social with features like being able to transfer a friend’s Zune Card right to your device. The really cool thing about that is if you have a Zune pass (unlimited download service), you’ll be able to get the full tracks of the songs your friends recently listened to, their favorites, and their top played songs. If you know a friend has similar tastes in music, this will be a quick way to get your hands on new music that you’ll probably enjoy. If you don’t have a Zune Pass, you can still view the info on a friend’s Zune Card but you’ll be required to buy the tracks if you want them.

Other features which people have requested for quite some time include:

  • gapless playback
  • meta data editing
  • auto playlists
  • improved syncing controls

Now that they’ve added TV shows, maybe movies will be next?

Source: Channel 8