Microsoft Zune HD 32GB Portable Media Player Review
23 June 2010
Conclusion: The Zune interface both at the keys and on the go is kind of, y'know, pretty (there, I said it), so while I did have to really search (and wait) for what I wanted at times, the lively Zune experience might indeed have an edge over the plainer, more static iTunes in terms of sheer fun.
Pros: Cross-platform "ecosystem" combines 1080p at home and 720p-to-go, Built-in HD Radio/FM tuner, Wi-Fi, with downloading directly to the device, plus social connectivity
Cons: Does not support Windows Media Video Digital Copy, Zune software could be more intuitive, less sluggish
Excerpt: Ah, the Zune. Born back in 2006 as Microsoft’s attempt to compete with the mighty iPod, it’s languished, largely unloved by the marketplace. Each fall since then has seen the launch of a new version of the hardware, and each has seen it quietly fade into obscurity.
Pros: Best screen that’s ever shipped on a portable media player. Sync software has excellent music discovery features. Zune Pass subscription lets you download as many tunes as you want. Industrial design finally approaches the lustworthy quality of an Apple product. Zune Pass subscribers can stream m...
Cons: Several years behind Apple when it comes to interface and app store. Music library still has some holes. No Macintosh software. Web browser is competent, but takes a while to render some pages. Onscreen keyboard for browser is horrid.