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.
Excerpt: Microsoft’s fabled Zune line has done a lot of growing up over the years. From the first-gen 30GB player that we scorned back in 2006 to the 8GB model we warmed up to in 2007 , Microsoft has continually been fine tuning its line of media players to deal with the crush of criticism they’ve met on the open market. That refinement reaches its pinnacle with the 80GB and 120GB players, which are both the largest and most capable Microsoft has ever produced.
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.
Pros: Wireless sync sharing and purchase, Excellent music discovery features, Attractive interface, Vivid screen,
Cons: Mediocre battery life, Dumb points-based payment system for la carte downloads, Video content selection still lags behind iTunes,
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 …
Summary: The Zune 8GB sounds every bit as good as the first Zune, and Microsoft has added support for tracks encoded in WMA Lossless. The 1.8-inch glass screen looks very sharp, but it’s also very small—especially when you’re watching videos—and the flash player can’t be connected to your TV (both new and previous hard-drive models do support this feature).
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. It does have a hidden feature that I think justifies, if...