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|Microsoft Zune 8 Black (8 GB) Digital Media Player|
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|This Microsoft Zune 8 GB MP3 player provides the consumer with everything expected of a home entertainment system in a personal, on-the-go package. The 8 GB capacity of the Microsoft Zune 8 music player is large enough to hold approximately 2,000 average-length songs, 25,000 photos, or up to 24 hours of video clips and movies. This black Microsoft Zune 8 GB MP3 player is capable of playback for a variety of media formats including WMA, AAC, MP4, MP3 audio files, WMV, MPEG-4, and DVR-MS video files, and JPEG image formats. Equipped on the 8 GB digital media player is a 1.8-inch color screen with a scratch-resistant glass with both vertical and horizontal orientation options. It includes a resolution of 320x240 pixels with 18-bit color. The Microsoft Zune 8 GB MP3 player is compatible with 802.11b/g wireless signals that allows for interaction with other Zune users within 30 feet. Wi-Fi connectivity allows the 8 GB digital media player to connect to the Zune Marketplace for downloading new content. This Microsoft Zune 8 music player measures 3.6 inches tall by 1.6 inches wide by 0.3 inches deep and weighs just 1.7 oz.|
|Model||Zune Black (8 GB)|
|UPC||882224519977, 882224619691, 882224747035, 890552651047|
|Storage Capacity||8 GB|
|Audio Supported Formats||AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, WMA|
|Video Supported Formats||DVR-MS, H.264, M4V, MPEG-4, Mov, WMV|
|Battery Run Time||Up to 24 Hours|
|Audio / Video Capabilities|
|Max Video Resolution||320 x 240|
|Screen Size||1.8 Inch|
|Outputs||Analog Audio x 1, Composite x 1, Headphone Jack|
|Additional Features||FM Stereo Tuner, FM radio, Games|
|Supported Power Supply||Internal Battery, Rechargeable via USB cable|
|Battery Type||Rechargable Battery|
|Storage Type||Built-in Memory|
|Number Of Songs||2000|
The flash-based 4GB and 8GB Microsoft Zune MP3 players feature a 1.8-inch glass LCD, an easy-to-use interface, exceptional navigation control, audio and video podcast support, and FM radio. It also includes wireless syncing and sharing, revamped Zune Marketplace PC software, Zune Pass subscription music support, good audio quality, and a range of color options.
The Zune 4 and Zune 8 players are PC-only devices that require their own software and still don't support older WMA-DRM9 music files, nor does Zune Marketplace offer TV or movie downloads. The Zune's USB connection is proprietary, there's no Wi-Fi music streaming, and the first-generation EQ feature has been removed.
The 4GB and 8GB capacity Zunes (Zune 4 and Zune 8) offer a bite-size version of their full-size, 80GB sibling. While the full-size Zune is a better value, the solid-state flash memory used in the 4GB and 8GB versions make them better suited for physically active (or clumsy) users.
Average review score based on 799 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
The third-generation Microsoft Zune comes in a sweet glossy black with massive storage (a 120GB HD!). I love this player. Let's be realistic, tough: it's an MP3 player and everyone will compare it to it's competitor, the iPod classic. Comparing it to the iPod nano or iPod Touch wouldn't be fair because those need to be compared with the Zune 4-16 and Zune HD, respectively.
So let's get down to it fast:
- The Zune lets you have your own custom wallpaper and that's pretty awesome.
- I'm HUGE on album art and the Zune displays it BIG when you're listening to music, however, there isn't a pretty "cover flow" feature but just a standard album list view.
- The iPod has the album list view AND the cover flow feature. Some say that it's just a gimmick, which may be true, but I like it.
- The iPod has the click wheel that everyone is familiar with;
- Zune has the pad that can take some getting used to, but it's awesome (swipe your finger up/down/left/right to move through menus instead of spinning it in circles
- Zune's screen is bigger than the iPod for sure (almost as big as iPod touch!) but they both have the SAME resolution. If you don't care/know about resolutions, then this wouldn't matter. All you'd know is that the screen is bigger, which is always awesome.
- Battery life on the iPod is WAY better than the Zune by a long shot, I think. The Zune does indeed suck up battery life, but I'm sure you won't be watching a movie on it EVERY night. At full charge, it can play two full movies OR hours and hours of music. Look up the specs if you want to get specific.
- "On-The-Go" playlists. This has been my only problem. The iPod makes it easy: press and hold down to add the song to the playlist. On the Zune, you need to click "add song to now playing". It's just one extra click, but it bugs me. It shouldn't for you guys, though. Just make playlists on the computer.
- iPod users use iTunes: many people use this. Bands on the 'net can link you to download their music there. Songs are usually 99cents and that adds up FAST, but it's convenient cause it's widespread;
- Zune uses Zune Software. It's SWEET and looks HOT (everything is so smooth and pretty). If you're thinking about BUYING music, Zune is seriously and definitely the way to go. $14.99/month for unlimited downloads and at the end of the month you keep 10 mp3s for your own. But you can listen to as much as you want!
I'm getting bored of my own review. When it comes down to it, go into a store and check it out yourself. Don't have a store around? Look up videos on YouTube or anywhere on the internet to see which one you like better. In the end, all that will matter is cosmetics and looks. BOTH mp3 players are extremely solid and will get the job done (play your music, duh. That's what you care about, right?).
I will have to say that I would never, EVER want to switch BACK to an iPod. I've owned a classic, a mini (remember those?!) and a nano. The Zune takes the prize by a LONG shot. I get so many heads and so many people impressed with my mp3 player: it blows everyone away. Zune did have a bad reputation at the beginning (those huge ugly poop-colored bricks were terrible!), but they have genuinely and honestly redeemed themselves. This MP3 player in front of you is incredible. It wins the race, hands-down!
Having endured iTunes’ infuriating performance, sync and library management issues I finally decided it was time to move on from my iPod nano. And so I ventured out into the world of Non-Apple, PMP/MP3 Devices. <br>
Sony’s Playstation Portable had decent music features, but its poor battery life and cumbersome design, didn’t make it the best choice for taking your tunes on the go. <br>
So here I am, the proud owner of a Microsoft Zune. There are so many features that the PSP and iPod simply cannot compare with the Zune. From wireless sync to the Zune Software, there isn’t a faster simpler audio option on the market. <br>
The zunepad is a nifty and clever way of swiping through long lists of music, and makes the games on the device a load of fun :) It works much in the same way the trackpad on your laptop does. Very cool. The design of this device is incredible, whilst it’s not as slim as the iPod Nano, its around the same length/width.<br>
The screen a bit small, I would have loved it if it were a little larger. Its more than enough for browsing the library, and playing video/photos though.<br>
Whilst I wasn’t able to get the On-Device marketplace working, (reigon issues) everything else about the Zune is excellent. The PC Software is SO much simpler, and more straight forward than iTunes, and CONVERTS VIDEOS FOR YOU TO FIT YOUR ZUNE!<br>
There are also plenty of Games/Apps/Utilities you can install on your zune from the developers at zuneboards.com. <br>
For such a cheap price <b>($70)</b> This is an excellent alternative to Apple's <u>$179</u> iPod Nano! FM Radio, Wireless Sync, Unlimited Music Downloads for $11.99 a month. <br>
<b>If you're sick of Apple's iUniverse, check out the Zune. Its a cost friendly alternative.</b> (and hella cheaper than Sony's Walkmans. Gawd.)
I like that it plays MP3s and MP4s. The battery life could be better but it isn't that bad. It has a built in FM tuner. The size is ok, not as small as a Nano (6th Gen.) or a Sansa Clip+, but still not too bulky. I wish the headphone jack was on the top instead of the bottom, but again not a big deal. The proprietary software is a little cumbersome; I prefer iTunes. Overall a decent little player though.
I think the larger screen is great. Especially for videos. The larger pixels are not obvious like some apple fanboys like to believe. I really like the large album art displayed when playing music. The layout of the device is great and easy to navigate.
The syncing works great and automatically recognizes the music in your windows 7 library, which is actually just an imaged location of your physically stored files somewhere else. Which is awesome for bringing your various locations of music together in one spot. The FM radio feature is great, and may play a small part in keeping alive FM radio. I haven't used the wireless sync since I don't use a laptop. The lack of support for mac is irrelevant to me at least. Lack of EQ is also irrelevant since it sounds great anyway! I haven't had the device long so I can't say anything about long term use; Battery life for example.
I'm Canadian and it was difficult finding ANY of these units outside of ebay. Which I'm so glad I did. I cannot use the Zune Marketplace... I don't trust itunes enough to purchase from. Mostly because they don't tell you the format of the download you're getting before purchasing even though they tell you in their own policy that it may or may not have DRM. Even though they switched to DRM free files recently.. so only newly added to the store are DRM free. How do you know which are what?. Well sorry Apple. I'll stick with my zune and purchase my old-ass physical CD's from amazon... who also don't allow digital purchasing in Canada. I wish a decent digital music distributor would make their way to Canada.
The simple fact is this is a great product. I avoid fantasizing about things because you get that everywhere these days but I really love this product. I was skeptical of just about any and all mp3 players for a long time primarily due to my own funding limitations. I thought would never need any more space than my palm (2gb) or later with my Insignia (4gb) but my ever growing collection changed that. It became cumbersome to change music when I wanted to listen to something new so I finally decided to get a large capacity device. I did some research and after seeing the prices for the ipod even used I understood I needed to go with a different device. I started reading reviews on multiple products out there with high capacity such as the; archos or the sansa but soon realized they didn't have a good track record with users. I actually was going to buy an archos until I saw the Zune in action at my co-workers desk. From that point I was set as it had an easy and intuitive interface and the touch pad was sensitive and easy to use. The video is quite nice on the screen even though I won't really be using it for that and having the album art on such a large scale is great. Being able to buy music after listening to it through the fm receiver is a very clever idea too. The games on there are actually fun too. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.
lots of space
lots of functions
Not enough after market products to connect with. It doesn't have the saturation of Apple and the dmport but it has a headphone jack so it's no biggie.