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.
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.
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.
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...
Conclusion: Still the best hard drive-based portable media player on the market—the feature-barren iPod classic can't compete with the Zune's top-notch navigation and added wireless abilities.
Pros: Wirelessly syncs to your PC. You can buy music wirelessly and purchase tunes you hear on the radio. Increased capacity. Large display. Touchpad is still excellent. User interface is good-looking and easy to navigate.
Cons: Too many steps required to play a song. Requires a $14.99-per-month subscription or prepaid MS points for wireless streaming and downloading.
Excerpt: The Good Superb integration, excellent file-sharing with Windows users, easier access to various tools throughout The Bad Excellent Office v.X may not require upgrading for some Mac users, some incompatibility with Wintel version in PowerPoint symbols, added upgrade cost.
Pros: Superb integration, excellent file-sharing with Windows users, easier access to various tools throughout
Cons: Excellent Office v.X may not require upgrading for some Mac users, some incompatibility with Wintel version in PowerPoint symbols, added upgrade cost.
Summary: The Zune may well make a solid addition to the MP3 player market. It's a nice-looking player offering good audio quality. However, its features (particularly the Wi-Fi) don't go as deep as they should. There's currently nothing to suggest that the birth of Zune marks the death of iPod.
Pros: Good audio quality - on a par with the most recent iPods and Creative players, Excellent interface and display, Crisp video
Cons: Limited Wi-Fi, Early synchronisation glitches, Volume could be louder
Summary: All in all, the 80GB Zune is a decent choice as an 80GB MP3 player. It sounds great, its interface isn't a hindrance, and its pricing is right in line with the competition. Accessories and features such as premium headphones and an FM tuner give it at least one area where it's a step up from an iPod...
Pros: Intuitive controls and interface, wireless syncing