Summary: I have been using the Microsoft Zune for a little over a month now, and I am really enjoying it. I would not recommend it for those who want a super portable media player, but if you want to transport a fairly large collection of audio and video files with you, this 30GB unit can accommodate you nicely. I see it as a good choice for use at work, with a home stereo, or in a car.
Pros: » Great deal from Geeks.com, » 30GB of space for your music, movies, and photos, » Wireless 802.11b/g connectivity, » Interface is easy to learn / use, » High quality audio and video, » Good choice for Apple haters and those who pull for the underdog
Cons: » More like a brick than other slick, stylish media players out there, » Geeks.com's stripped down package includes just the Zune and USB cable, » Not a good choice for those who fear / hate Microsoft
Summary: Let’s just admit it: For a long time it was embarrassing to be a Microsoft Zune owner. While all of your buddies where showing off their flashy iPod touches and iPhones that they could control at the swipe of a finger, you were covertly lugging around the MP3 player equivalent to a brick.
Conclusion: As a piece of hardware, it’s easy to dismiss the Zune as yet another iPod wannabe. But coupled with the Microsoft’s tightly integrated Zune Pass, it offers a level of music selection and ease of use that’s unrivaled by anything, including the iPod (which has no subscription option).
Pros: Capacity; screen size; tight software integration; interface; built in FM radio, Wi-Fi
Cons: Still not as polished as an iPod; requires monthly fee to make the most of its features
Summary: After using the Zune for several weeks and delving into the Zune software, the Zune Marketplace, and the Zune community, we realized that the Zune was created by music lovers for music lovers. iPods and other MP3 players are for people who just want to listen to music. If, however, you love music, you want to experience new music, and you want to get the scoop behind the music, the Zune is the perfect player for you.
Conclusion: Pros: Easy to use Large capacity Nice big screen Very well made Great sound quality Good video quality Cons: No equalizer Does not play all video formats easily, must convert Ran into a bug where it resets every once in a while Picks up fingerprints easily, should come with screen protector
Pros: Easy to use, Large capacity, Nice big screen, Very well made, Great sound quality, Good video quality
Cons: No equalizer, Does not play all video formats easily, must convert, Ran into a bug where it resets every once in a while, Picks up fingerprints easily, should come with screen protector
Summary: The new Zune can't beat the iPod classic's battery life or game support, but it does have a better screen, useful music-discovery features, and wireless. Ultimately, the 120GB Microsoft Zune is an excellent iPod classic alternative and gives you significantly more features for the same price. Additionally, Wayport will offer Zune users free Wi-Fi at around 9,800 McDonald's locations, much like Apple's deal with Starbucks.
Summary: The Zune is Microsoft ’s attempt to compete with Apple ’s iPod , and it’s now closer than it has ever been to its competitor. The second generation is sleeker and comes in a variety of different colors: pink, red, black, and Green. The leader of the pack is the 80GB with a 3.2-inch LCD, but all Zunes feature the touch-sensitive pad for easy navigation.
Excerpt: We’ve already been told that it’s coming “Zune” to Canada , but how does Microsoft’s sophomore entry into the MP3 player market compare against the iPods of the world? I had the chance to take the larger Zune 80GB out for a test drive and I have to admit that they have made some serious improvements over the first-generation Microsoft …
Excerpt: Microsoft, seeing the futility in polishing turds, went back to the drawing board to design the second rev of the Zune. (If only they’d do the same for Vista!) Fortunately for early adopters, many of the new features and desktop software will be made available for the first-gen Zune via a firmware update. The new player features a much-improved control mechanism consisting of a touch-sensitive pad atop four buttons.
Summary: The new Zune software is shinier and brighter than the previous version. With its animations and pretty looks it is much more exciting than the previous version and the Windows Media Player. Once the excitement settles down and you start looking around, you will notice that it is missing a few things that you would normally expect: Don’t get disappointed by the editing capabilities of the Zune desktop software.