Summary: The ubiquity of the iPod must vex Bill Gates something rotten. With every other MP3 player manufacturer in the world opting to make its devices compatible with his Windows Media Player, you'd think he'd hold his hands up and allow Apple one small victory. But instead he launched the Zune, with its own proprietary software and music format, to attack the formidable iPod and iTunes combo head-on.
Summary: Wireless synching, good sound quality, and a nice touch control finally make Microsoft's affordable player a good choice. Indeed, for some users the wireless synching will make the 80GB Zune a better bet than the iPod classic.