|Zune 80 GB Digital Media Player (Black)|
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|Stylish and lightweight, the Microsoft Zune 80 is a digital media player that provides a rich multimedia experience. The 3.2-inch OLED screen of the Microsoft Zune 80 displays your photos and videos in extreme clarity. Thanks to its 80 GB storage capacity, you can store up to 20,000 songs, 25,000 pictures, or 250 hours of video. With a built-in FM tuner, this Microsoft media player allows you to tune into your favorite FM channels. This Microsoft media player features wireless Zune-to-Zune sharing that lets you share digital media contents with other Zune players, wirelessly. The Microsoft Zune 80 supports Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can stream your favorite movies and music from the internet while on the move. You can directly import your existing music and videos from iTunes, and the Windows media player by connecting this digital media player to the PC via USB support.|
|Storage Capacity||80 GB|
|Audio Supported Formats||AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, WMA|
|Video Supported Formats||DVR-MS, H.264, MPEG-4, WMV|
|Battery Run Time||Up to 24 Hours|
|Audio / Video Capabilities|
|Screen Size||3.2 Inch|
|Additional Features||FM Stereo Tuner, FM radio|
|Supported Power Supply||Rechargeable via USB cable|
|Storage Type||Hard Drive|
|Number Of Songs||20000|
The 80GB Microsoft Zune MP3 player features a 3.2-inch glass LCD; a user-friendly interface; exceptional navigation control; audio and video podcast support; a superlative FM radio with RBDS information; wireless syncing and sharing; high-quality earphones; revamped Zune Marketplace PC software; Zune Pass subscription music support; good audio quality; and a built-in composite-video output.
The Zune is a PC-only device that requires its own software and still does not support older WMA-DRM9 music files; Zune Marketplace does not offer TV or movie downloads; the USB connection is proprietary; no Wi-Fi music streaming; and the EQ feature has been removed.
The Zune has blossomed from an ugly duckling into a worthy iPod alternative.
Average review score based on 524 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
The Zune 120 is my favorite media player so far, and I have owned several, especially iPods. I will tell you the pros and cons of it in simple form below:
Very Large Screen (slightly smaller than iPod Touch, near x2 iPod Classic)
Excellent for Videos
Good for pictures
Large album artwork
Easy responsive navigation with touch and button press Zune Pad
TV Output (Navigate menus, view pictures, watch videos, listen to music on TV!)
Great sound quality
Very clear FM tuner (which tells track names on stations that broadcast info)
Zune PC software is excellent, simple, fast, (I prefer over iTunes)
Wireless built in
Interact with other Zunes (share music with limitations, send pictures)
Shop the Marketplace on the Zune, even sample music
Zune Pass subscription monthly fee for unlimited music if desired
Great look and design to the Zune, very sturdy
Body doesn't show scratches much
Microsoft constantly updates firmware, adding new features, even for old outdated Zune users (this may change due them focusing only on Zune HD)
Wireless Sync option
VERY FAST, gapless playback, smooth
Not Mac compatible, PC ONLY
Battery Life, though good, weaker than iPod Classic's
Screen hard to see in sunlight
Limited accessory support
Though screen is large, resolution is low (same resolution as iPod Classic's)
Wireless features not very useful without Zune Pass subscription or nearby friends that own Zunes to interact with (Checkers is fun multiplayer though!)
Game support, has very few games and I highly doubt any more will come for it
As you can see, the pros much outweigh the cons. I really enjoy watching movies that I converted from my DVD collection on the Zune. The Zune Pad offers a cool fast way to navigate.
Although the Zune 120 and 80 models are aimed to compete with the iPod Classic, they can still beat the iPod touch line for the superior memory capacity at a much lower price, which is what you want if you plan to store many movies on it. No need to spend $400 on half the capacity with the iPod Touch. The iPod Classic is very sluggish and unresponsive with controls at points, but I find the Zune to always be zippy. If you do not have a huge music collection and do not need to carry several movies, definitely look into the new Zune HD as another option.
Personally I own a black Zune 120, but the only difference between the red and black is the color. Both look great.
If this review helped you, please click yes. Thanks for reading! I know you'll enjoy your Zune as much as I do!
I have a another MP3 Player and the Zune 80 GB Digital Player is a step in the right direction.
Before I begin I must admit I am an anti-IPOD person. If you have a problem with that then stop reading.
But if you are interested in looking at your options beside an IPOD, I will tell you the Zune stores pics, podcasts, video, as well as music. The battery life is strong and the display screen looks very good.
I found the USB syncing and charging feature very convienent. The rippin straight to the player very nice as well.
Before I bought the Zune, I did speak to some friends who had them and the thing that was an annoyance was having to go through some extra steps to get to a specific track. But it did not bother me much.
It took me some time to get rid of pre-installed music, video, pictures, and podcasts, but within 24 hours I have the player shaping up the way I want it.
The Zune Marketplace was pretty simple, however they use a point system for buying items to add to your player, and were more than willing to get my credit card info which I am relucant to give, however after some looking on I found you can buy the Microsoft Point from Amazon or at other retailers (Wal-Mart).
I DO STRONGLY SUGGEST WITH ANY PLAYER YOU GET THE CASE, I HAVE AN INCIDENT WITH MY OLD PLAYER WITH DROPPING FROM UNDER 4FT, AND THE HARD DRIVE FAILED. SO GOING FORWARD PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT IN ENTERTAINMENT, IT IS WORTH THE MONEY PAID AND IF YOU LOOK AROUND YOU MAY FIND A PACKAGE DEAL THAT WILL OFFER EXTRA THAT WILL GIVE GREAT CONVIENCES IN THE FUTURE.
I found out you need special software to convert DVDs to your player, but if you want to watch DVDs maybe you should get a DVD player not a Digital Media Player.
I did alot of thinking and researching before I bought my Zune and I hope you will do the same. I am happy with my Zune and I hope you consider this review and it tips before buying.
The Zune is a pleasure to use (tried an iPod no comparison), for those that
hate Micro$oft you have to give this device a try. You get almost as much
screen space as the iPod touch, the touch pad is great as you can either slide
your finger across it to scroll or you can click-scroll through the list/volume
& it's just sensitive enough so you aren't zooming by the menu item you wanted.
Videos: WMV or MP4 (my preferred zune format) are a pleasure to watch even on the 320x240 screen, I currently have 22 movies on it, approx. 1 1/2 hrs. each, take up 12.8G at max quality) as you can see, lots of movies + lots of space
remaining. I haven't yet tried hooking it up to the TV & playing videos as I
am still waiting on my Zune A/V Dock. But I have tried encoding videos for the
640x480 TV rez & at max quality they come to almost 2G depending on the video
length. You can resume any video from where you left off playing regardless of
playing any other video or music afterwards, same cannot be said for songs.
Music: songs play (& sound) very nice, an EQ is missing but not noticeably to
me. Songs (& video) are automatically paused if the headphones plug is pulled
out of the player. Songs unlike videos cannot be resumed from where you left
off playing them if you go & play a video or view pictures, they will resume
where you left off tho if you pause & shut off the player. While this is not
really a problem when playing music it is however a bit of a pain when you are
listening to an audiobook & you lose your place when you have decided to do
something else, say watch a video or change the background picture. Song
quality is only of course as good as the song encoding, I currently have my
mp3s at 192 rather than the normal 128, again personal preference due to the
large 80G drive. Player comes with very nice quality (background noise
reducing, plug into the ear canal) headphones. I did find that I had to switch
to the small rubber plugs as I really didn't like having all outside noise cut
off (again personal preference). Having the outside noise cut off is great if
you are on a noisy bus/train/whatever, not great if you are riding a bike or
rollarblading & need to hear that car or other person coming up behind you.
Background pictures: nice feature, need to "photoshop" them tho to 240x320 for
the screen resolution.
Picture viewing/slideshow: Nice feature, not why I bought the player but good
to have for showing others pictures you took without having to carry around
your digital camera.
Software: easy to use/update, player firmware update is easy. Software MUST be used however to transfer music/videos/pictures to your player. This is both a positive & negative. Positive in that it's pretty easy to use, negative in that you can't just drag/drop files to the player or from the player to another computer (without the software). You can however exchange files between Zune players wirelessly, a feature I have not yet used because no one else here has one mostly I think because no one sells them around here in BC, Canada.
Menus: Nice, clean easy to use.
Radio: nice to use
Socials: as stated no one here has a Zune, yet, so I haven't used it
Podcasts: haven't used yet, don't think I will but it is there if you do use them.
Ratings system: only has 2 ratings, either you like the song or you don't. Only use I can see for this is for songs you don't like & would like to delete off the player when you got home.
Overall I would give it 9/10.
I simply love this toy. From the sleek body and glass screen to the fantastic large font and layout, this thing just keeps on impressing me. The "squircle" design it implements is simply miles better than the iPod's tiresome click wheel. I didn't buy an MP3 player to exercise my thumb nor accelerate Carpal Tunnel. The Zune's "squircle" allows both touch scrolling, as well as tactile function, so you get the best of both worlds.
The player has 80gb, which for me is a LOT. I have 50gb still left. It's a bit unfortunate the player only supports a few video formats such as .wmv and .mp4, but doesn't support popular formats like .avi and .xvid. Then again, neither does the iPod. Hopefully, a software update will remedy this in the future.
As far as a music player, this thing does everything it's supposed to, which is play my music. The addition of a video player and photo storage is simply icing. Sure, it's pretty crazy that I can watch Metalocalypse in lecture, but this thing plays my music 95% of the time. The screen is very vibrant and reproduces both video and images wonderfully sharp and crisp, with the handy ability to zoom on images. Apparently, the Zune also features Wifi, a unique feature allowing it to sync wirelessly as well as interact with other Zunes in the area (good luck finding them though).
Battery life is definitely not the 20 hours or whatever that Microsoft advertises. It's probably more like 4-7, depending on usage. Even less so with video. Mine's always in the car, and I'm never far away from my computer, so I don't mind charging it every couple of days. Besides, charging it is a chance to sync all my music data to my Zune Card!
Yes, the Zune Card is an EXTREMELY neat feature of the Zune. What this does is upload all of your music data, such as listened to artists and songs to a "Zune Card" on the Zune site so all your friends can see what you've been listening to and how many times you've listened to it. I find it pretty addictive, personally.
For the money, this is hard to beat. The iPod "Classic" (it's hard to create a more pretentious name) 80gb is competitively priced at $250, the same as the Zune 80gb. Expect the Zune 160gb sometime later this year to compete with Apple's 160gb model.
All in all, I wholeheartedly recommend this toy to anyone looking for a simple, easy to use MP3 player that does what you want and more.
I find myself on ebay looking for a replacement 80GB Zune after my old one was stolen... I never realized how much I loved my Zune until it was gone. To make matters worse, Microsoft no longer makes Zunes and the only way to get one is to buy a used or 2nd hand one.
Back in the day, I started w/ a 60GB iPod Photo, which was an absolutely solid tank that never failed. Then I had 'upgraded' to an 80GB iPod video which was such a huge disappointment in quality, especially seeing how the older model iPod was infallible. It was then I decided to try something different... I was sick of iTunes, sick of seeing iPods everywhere... Zune, at the time, was the only quality alternative with enough capactity for me (I MUST have 60GB or more!!!). The Zune blew me away... the only 2 pains I had was having to switch over to the Zune software and losing the EQ settings the iPod offered. At first the Zune software took some getting used to, especially when you come from iTunes. But the more you use it, the more you realize how the aesthetics of the Zune interface made for a pleasant experience. The Zune device itself... another solid tank. Never failed on me, battery life was ALWAYS good and the device never broke down in any way. The screen was much better than the iPods (at the time... these days, your smartphone have screens that make the Zune and Ipod look like they belong in the 80s). The Zune truly is equal to that of the old iPods in function and quality... the only downside is if you're used to iTunes, you will need to invest time to switch over to Zune. Realizing that I'll never find another brand new 80GB Zune is depressing to me, and it occurs to me that I should attempt to buy more than one from eBay as 'backups'. In the current market, high capacity music players (60 GBS or more) are becoming scarce and I do not like having to manage music on 8 or 16 GB devices... I like it all there all the time. iPod owners can adjust easily to a Zune, its just a matter of how much of an Apple lover you are. New users who never owned an iPod should have zero problems. People coming from other brands... I can't tell you if you'll like it or not as I've never used anything outside of a Zune or ipod. I also bought my fiance an 8GB Zune as she immediately fell in love with it.