Free apps and games on Zune HD require you to view an advert first

Saturday, 19th September 2009 22:15 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Zune HD’s free apps require you to view interstitial advertisements before using.

According to Ars Technica, one of the games called Goo Splat has a Kia Soul avert that plays while you wait 17 seconds for the game to load.

The Chess application also includes a video ad for the vehicle, and makes you sit through 30 seconds of it while the app boots up.

For now – if ever- there is not an option to skip the promotional material.

Just so you know. Free app on Zune equals sitting through and advert first.

Via Joystiq.



  1. Syrok

    “Zune HD’s free apps require you to view interstitial advertisements of before using.”

    Of what? Or did the “of” just sneak in there with no reason?

    Sorry, I don’t really want to do this, but I can’t help it. :)

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    /slap /punch /kick

    hope you enjoyed that perv ;-)

    #2 5 years ago
  3. freedoms_stain


    Well lets hazard a guess shall we? Anything to do with a Zune ‘app store’ or ‘marketplace’ by any chance? You know, the sort of vendor lock-in where all apps must be approved, sold and purchased through that vendor? Close am I?

    Of course the ads will be there to pay for the hosting of the file on MS servers, nevermind that app devs can get stuff hosted for free elsewhere, of course this way MS can filter what’s available rather than letting users build their own communities like sourceforge to rate the usefulness and quality of software.

    The moment they try this shit with Windows I’m going back to Ubuntu 100%

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be in the slightest bit concerned if I had to watch an advert before getting something for free. Hell, I do it on websites all the time.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. lk

    I don’t mind, either.
    it’s free!

    #5 5 years ago
  6. No_PUDding

    Yeh i do it on websites all the time… But i always skip it too. And it sounds like you can’t.

    BUT if it’s loading anyway, then that’s all completely cool.

    The point is that it’s just not an iPhone. When did this thing come out?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. polygem

    i´ve been waiting for a mobile gaming device able to connect me to xbl for years…i am a little disappointed that it seems like the zune hd will be that mobile console i´ve been waiting for…anyway i believe the zune hd has great potential. it has a great graphics chip and processor so we will probably see some great games on it in the near future….if the system itself will not fail. i´m really pissed about the launch of the zune hd…i live in germany and ms has not announced any plans for an european release. from what i´ve heard do the free games on it suck…i absolutely HATE being forced to watch adds…why is ms so quiet about the gaming powers of the device? they should´ve launched it with one or two killer apps…i think they are afraid to fail and be left behind unnoticed. they do not marketing the gaming so they can say they didn´t focus that much on gaming with the zune and can come up with something else…well ms i´ve been waiting far too long so yesterday i bought a ipod touch and engraved microsoft on the back…

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Quiiick

    “… so yesterday i bought a ipod touch and engraved microsoft on the back …”

    LOL :)

    #8 5 years ago

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