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Top 10 Zune Apps

written by: Amy Carson•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 1/31/2011

Want to trick out your Zune with a well-rounded assortment of applications that you'll use (and play with!) every day? Check out our list of the 10 best Zune apps. You'll find apps to manage social media, check the weather, organize music, keep track of your contacts, and much, much more.

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    Finding the Best Apps for your Zune Device

    We've sifted through the piles of apps available for the Zune to find the top 10 Zune apps every user should have. They're all highly rated by users, solve common problems such as staying connected, checking weather, or tracking expenses, and they're free to boot.

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    1. MSN Weather Application

    There are a few weather-related Zune apps floating out there, but the MSN Weather App has received the highest quality rating. Daily forecasts are updated frequently and with the capability to change zip codes, this app is great for traveling.

    You can download the app free from MSN's marketplace.

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    2. Twitter Application

    One of the most popular social networking sites is Twitter. A Twitter app for Zune has been created and is now available for download through Microsoft's Marketplace. The app is free and very attractive. Initially reported to be buggy; it appears the problems have been resolved. The Twitter application allows users to read and update tweets from their Zune. Best of all the app is free!

    Get it here.

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    3. Facebook Application

    Another one of the most popular social networking websites available is Facebook. Facebook now has an application for the Zune available for download. Originally reported to have major bugs, it appears the kinks have now been ironed out. The Facebook app can be downloaded from the Zune Marketplace.

    Get it here.

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    4. Windows Live Messenger

    One of the best Instant Messengers for Zune available on the market is the Windows Live Messenger. This application is available for download from the Zune Marketplace. The perk of the Windows Live Messenger is that it links to all your contacts from Facebook, MySpace and Flickr.

    Get it here.

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    5. zNotes

    There are several notepad applications available for Zune, but only a few that are really worth your while. zNotes is an attractive and easy to use app for the Zune. It's an effective application for entering and editing notes in the palm of your hand. This notepad application makes it easy to keep track of details, update documents and more, which is why it makes our list of the top 10 Zune apps.

    Get it here.

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    6. MSN Money for Zune

    An excellent example of a financial app now available for the Zune is MSN Money. The application is broken down into four menus: Markets, Currencies, Articles and Watchlist. The Market menu allows you to view the overall stock market climate. The Currencies menu explains how the U.S. Dollar matches up against other international currencies. The Articles menu gives you access to live feeds from The Watchlist menu allows you to research specific stock information.

    Get it here.

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    7. Zune Hero

    Zune Hero is a great Zune game that walks along the same path as Guitar Hero. It includes 5 difficulty modes, play modes include 3 or 5 strings, great graphics, sounds and more. This application is great for fans of Guitar Hero who want to take the entertainment value of the game with them everywhere they go.

    Get it here.

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    8. Audiosurf Tilt

    Audiosurf Tilt is new edition to the apps that are available for Zune. Select any song from your Zune and Audiosurf Tilt with ride in sync with your music. Amazing graphics and huge entertainment value. Dependent upon the tempo and rhythm of your song, different designs will present itself. “Steer” with your Zune device and unlock over 30 different levels/designs.

    Get it here.

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    9. Vans Sk8: Pool Service

    Vans Sk8: Pool Service is a fun game for your Zune. In this game you portray a skateboarder; either Bucky Lasek or Omar Hassen, visiting typical skateboarder haunts like roofs, pools and more. This game has high entertainment value with sharp graphics and music. There are two different environments, 10 levels and 20 varying board designs to choose from.

    Get it here.

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    10. Smart DJ

    Last on our list of the top 10 Zune apps is Smart DJ. This application for the Zune creates music playlists from your library of music selections within your Zune device. What better way to quickly create playlists of your favorite tunes than by having Smart DJ do it for you? Best of all, this application is free.