What Are Zune Backgrounds?

Update: The Zune backgrounds referenced on this page are no longer available on the Zune.net site.

Are you confused by "Zune backgrounds"? How are they different from "Zune wallpapers"? Or are they essentially the same thing?

The term "backgrounds" is used interchangeably with "wallpapers". And they can be the same thing. Both are essentially images that are optimized for your Zune. You use them to customize the look and feel of your Zune.

And while they are pretty much the same, I like to think of them as slightly different. This is just my own interpretation of these terms. Just because I like to be different!

A Zune wallpaper is more of a concrete image. Think of a picture of your family. Or a dog. Or a flower. I think you get the idea. You can actually recognize and describe what's in the picture.

But a Zune background is more abstract. Think of a pattern. Something that truly sits in the background and does not jump out at you waiting to be described.

Am I not making sense? Before you send me to the funny farm, allow me to give you some examples.

Zune Background Sample #1

Check out this pattern here. Can you tell what it is?

If you look carefully, you'll see a guitar and an eagle mixed in with the pink swirls. I know it will look cool on my Zune!

Zune Background Sample #2

And what about this one?

If I stare at it too long, I feel like I'm on an LSD trip. Not that I've ever been on one. But this is what I would imagine it to feel like. Just break out the Pink Floyd and we're all set!

If you enjoyed these backgrounds and want to download them or other similar backgrounds, visit Zune.net. They're free!

Note: I've modified the images above to optimize them for this page. Please do not use these images as backgrounds. Instead visit Zune.net and download the originals.

And click here to learn more about Zune wallpapers.

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