Microsoft Zune 30 Black ( 30 GB ) Digital Media Player
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- godblessamerica...Apr 26, 2007by
Microsoft Zune Is Simply The Best !!!
I loved the Ipod which I had for a long time, but that was until the Zune came out. The only draw back off the bat for the Zune is the lack of accessories. But in do time, that will change. By now, we all know the basics of the Zune: it's a 30GB MP3 player with a photo- and video-friendly 3-inch (4:3) screen, and it costs $249.99. It runs on a customized version of Portable Media Center software (Windows CE-based) and features the same intuitive twist-navigation like players such as the Toshiba Gigabeat S. But there are many differences both in mind and body that differentiate the Zune from any other MP3 player, which I'll share in a moment. To the chagrin of many Windows Media fans, the device is not backward compatible with WMA-DRM9 (Zune utilizes WMA-DRM9.1), so tracks purchased from stores such as Napster or Urge will not work. Subscription tracks from those services won't work either. In other words, Zune is not a PlaysForSure platform. Instead, it operates within its own software and store, which are not connected to Windows Media Player at all (in fact, you don't even need WMP to sync and manage your Zune).<br><br>What is inside the box: the Zune packaging is minimal, but has everything you need to get started. You actually lift the Zune out of the box by pulling on its brown ribbon, and the bundled earphones and rubbery USB cable are nowhere to be seen until you realize the flaps adjacent to the Zune lift open. In addition, you'll get a suede case, a software CD, some guides, and a sticker in the package. While we'd love to see more--such as an AC adaptor (You can buy in circuit city as a home kit for $99.99)the introductory Zune experience is well done. It's a durable device that will withstand scratches, bumps, and bruises, though the primary seam of the device looks as if it might burst open after a hard fall. The body is minimal with no buttons on the sides, only a hold switch and an earphone jack on top and a proprietary USB/accessories port on the bottom. The screen and main controller are surrounded by a thin, metallic inlay, while the three control buttons are dead simple (the small dedicated back and play/pause buttons are flush with the body). The back of the device features a circular dip and it mirrors the d-pad up front. This is supposed to give you a better feel for the d-pad especially as it's used with two hands in landscape mode. There is no kickstand as seen on some PVPs, but you can always get an optional case with a built-in method for propping up the Zune.<br><br>The screen is big and bright and automatically switched to landscape mode when viewing photos and videos. And when you are viewing in landscape, all of the buttons automatically changed direction, too. (Meaning up and down becomes left and right.) It would be nice to have some built-in support for left-handed people, but alas, there is none. The ability to send songs wirelessly to friends with Zunes is very quick (about 15 seconds per song). It would be nice to be able to keep the songs for longer that 3 days/3 plays. The sound quality of the Zune is very good when using the headphones that come with the device. I'm running out of characters, so I will sum it up by saying, that the Zune is a great start for Microsoft and could only get better in the near future with experience. Overall, I wish the Zune took more advantage of its wifi features (which apparently will be updated soon), but the device is very well-made, easy to use and fun.Read full review
- macsimoinFeb 5, 2007by
I've waited to submit this review because I wanted to actually use the product for a few weeks before passing on my thoughts. I can't make a legitimate comparison to the Apple iPod (or any other mp3 player) because I've never owned one (much less held one in my hand) so, this review isn't biased or favoring Microsoft over its competition; it's just one guy's opinion on his "new toy".<br><br>To begin, my wife gave me a (black) Microsoft Zune for my recent birthday. I'm glad that she did because so far, I've had a lot of fun with it. I’ve finally been able to take all of the music I have (on my pc) wherever I go.<br><br>Here’s a list of “pros” and “cons”, beginning with the former:<br><br>1. SCREEN SIZE: This seems to be a huge reason why a lot of people choose the Zune and for people (like me) who need reading glasses, having a large screen is more than a convenience it’s almost a necessity.<br><br>2. BACKGROUND: You can set the background (i.e. wallpaper) to whatever you like. Have a family photo that you really like, or a photo of your favorite sports team or musician? Navigate to the folder where your favorite photo is located and click the center button and then set the photo as your background. This is a simple but pleasant option that adds a personal touch to your Zune.<br><br>3. MENU: Music, videos, pictures, radio, community, and settings. The menu is fairly straight-forward and very easy to navigate. For example, while viewing your music you can navigate by artist, playlist, song, genre or album.<br><br>4. CONTROL: The back button moves back up the menus and the play/pause button starts and stops songs. Both are small yet quite easy to use while the center button (for navigation and commands) is much larger and even easier to use.<br><br>5. VIDEO: Depending on image quality, the videos you add to your Zune will look great. I don’t have a lot of video on my Zune but what I do have is excellent as far as viewing goes. I like the fact that you “need” to turn your Zune on its side to view videos; this allows for maximum usability of the Zune’s screen size.<br><br>And now, a few “cons”:<br><br>1. TRIM COLOR: This is trivial but don’t pay much mind to the images used by Microsoft to promote the Zune. Every single photo I’ve seen of the black Zune shows its blue “trim” illuminated. Maybe this is just a marketing ploy or maybe mine’s a “dud” but the blue trim on the outside of my Zune’s casing simply does not light-up. No big deal, just a minor dissatisfaction.<br><br>2. EARPHONES: Sure, they work but Microsoft could have provided a higher-end pair to compliment the Zune. The earphones that come with it are run-of-the-mill at best.<br><br>3. RADIO: This feature is both pro and con. It’s a great feature to have but only if you’re outdoors or live within a stone's throw of your favorite station. I've barely used the Zune radio simply because I don't listen to too much radio.<br><br>4. SOFTWARE: I had some initial difficulty using the Zune software. It took me a few days before I got the hang of using the menu and syncing my music properly. Maybe I’m not as tech savvy as I think or maybe Microsoft rushed around getting this product on the market, but who knows...it’s probably a bit of both. But if you suspect Microsoft is playing “catch-up” in the mp3 player market, then the Zune software will nearly convince you of it (I had to update it immediately after installing it).<br><br>I hope this review has been helpful...thanks for reading and good luck!Read full review
- 365frederickOct 19, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby
Used Item but in incredablely great condition. Bought as a back up but its better than mine. Holds charge much longer than the Ipod touch.
- wberry00931Jan 20, 2010by
Zune car transmitter/ charger pack
Great product works perfectly. I love the look of it. It has an awesome auto-seek feature. It will find a suitable station to play through on it's own.
- kenshin8549Apr 6, 2007by
Great Media Player
Microsoft's Zune is my first digital media player and I am glad to say that I am quite pleased with it's features. I was well aware of Apple's line of MP3/media players but I opted for the Zune for it's wireless capabilities and ease of use with MS products (Windows + Xbox 360). It was easy to setup and the Zune software is fairly easy to use. The battery life is around a good 12-14 hours if you're listening to MP3's, around 3-5 hours if you're watching videos.<br><br>The unit itself is fairly light, but the dimensions are kinda bulky if you want to exercise with it. The interface is really simple and you can access music/pictures/video within a few clicks. It does a good job of sorting everything out automatically, but you can rearrange inside the Zune software. Charging the unit is just a simple matter of plugging in the Zune via USB cable, although you can purchase an AC charger kit/DC car charger seperately.<br><br>My only gripes with the unit is when I used it the very first day, songs would cutout for a split second and resume playing at regular intervals. After I decharged the unit completely and recharged it however, the problem went away. Also, it can be kinda hard to find Podcasts and non-music related material if you have alot of music stored on the unit. Also, the Zune software doesn't support my Operating System, which is Windows XP Pro 64-bit Edition. All-in-all, I feel that the Zune can hold it's own against other top of the line players. If you're looking for a 30GB media player that has wireless capabilites, FM tuner, decent battery life, and an easy to use interface, then I would reccommend getting the Zune.<br><br>-PRO's: Can share songs wirelessly, FM Tuner, easy to use, stream media to XBox 360, decent battery life, bright screen, good software.<br><br>-CON's: Experienced first time use poor audio quality, too bulky to run with, protective sleeve/case it comes with is rather useless, no AC charger unit bundled with product, software does not work with Windows XP Pro 64-bit editionRead full review