Microsoft Zune 30 White ( 30 GB ) Digital Media Player
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- cyroDec 7, 2006by
Review by an actual Zune and iPod owner
I own a 5th generation iPod and bought a black Zune last week. Why? Primarily because I am a gadget-freak and I like the idea of a bigger screen & WiFi sharing of songs.<br>The Zune comes in a very nice package and with clear installation instructions. I didn't run into any problems on Windows XP SP2 so I cannot comment on some of the problems other people have encountered.<br><br>After using it for a week this is how the Zune stacks up against the iPod:<br><br>iPod has the advantage in:<br>-Size: Zune is slightly longer and thicker than the iPod but it's not that noticable. Slight advantage for iPod.<br>-Software: Zune software is nice and works but iPod's software is more straightforward and easier to use. Yes, even my iPod software occasionally crashes but overall I like it better.<br>-Applications & Games: no games and apps on Zune yet, some nice apps on the iPod but the games on iPod are pathetic. That's what my Nintendo DS is for.<br>-Many more accessories! It took me a while to find a nice case for the Zune but I assume this will get better over time. Still iPod rules the accessory market.<br>-External USB Device: I can use my iPod as a giant "memory stick", the Zune has this function disabled - although there is way to enable that (do a Google search).<br><br>Zune and iPod are even:<br>-Battery Life: Zune (WiFi turned off) and iPod are about the same, 13 1/2 to 14 hours with screen off.<br>-Interface: I liked Zune's menu structure much better than iPod's but I miss the iPod's great click-wheel. Also interface responds quicker on the Zune.<br>-Sound Quality: listening to music with my Sony headphones I could not hear any difference in sound quality.<br>-Headphones: the included headphones with the iPod and the Zune are equally crappy. The first accessory you buy should be new headphones.<br><br>Zune has the advantage in:<br>-Screen: ZUNE WINS by a huge margin, screen is bigger and brighter, absolutely stunning!<br>-Materials: iPod's sensitive chrome shell always bugged me and the screen on my iPod is horribly scratched despite a protective case, Zune's black/blue shell looks very nice and it seems to be impervious to finger prints, Zune's screen seems much more scratch resistent too.<br>-Video: Forget the iPod! I converted some DVDs to WM9 and watched them on my Zune, it's a delight! The screen, the landscape mode, the brightness - wonderful. On a high quality setting I was able to fit around 60h of video onto the Zune.<br>-Pictures: again thanks to the screen the Zune beats the iPod. Finally I can show off some baby pictures without people squinting.<br>-WiFi: yeah, I like it. Granted the 3-day/3-play limitation is annoying but I have received a few cool songs so far. Problem is: there aren't too many Zune owners yet.<br>-Radio: HUGE advantage for the Zune. I am at the gym, watching TV and tuning in to the sounds on my Zune. Why Apple hasn't included this yet in the iPod is beyond me.<br>-Song purchase: I love the option of "all you can eat" for $15/month. Granted most of my music is ripped from CDs but $15/month for all the music I want is pretty compelling.<br><br>OVERALL VERDICT: I love my iPod, I LOVE MY ZUNE EVEN MORE. If Microsoft can write some applications & games and improve the Zune PC software they'll have a perfect consumer device.<br>To be fair: if you already have an iPod and have no need for radio & better video capabilities then there is no need to upgrade to a Zune. If you want better video, like the idea of radio and WiFi then go for the Zune!Read full review
- 454847631@delet...Nov 19, 2006by
My Friend has a Zune and I love it. Yeah, it may be slightly larger than the iPod BUT the screen is much larger and looks clearer. From what I know there are three colors to choose from, black, white, and brown. This this is great and its only been out for a few days now! Already people are talking about it. Plus, when my friend bought his it came with some pre-loaded content so he didn't have to wait for hours before using it. A W E S O M E ! ! ! I'm bidding on one right now!
- salemmattmanMar 7, 2015by
Excellent product. Especially for the price!
I really appreciate the Microsoft Zune 30 because it is such a durable design. The screen is bigger than the Ipods of the same era. This is the 2nd one I've owned. The first one lasted me 8 years! I believe this one will be just as good.
- pattifish48Feb 9, 2015by
a more user friendly and very durable mp3 player. great product!
I previously owned an 80g zune and it took alot of abuse over the 4 years i had it and still worked fine.i find them to be more user friendly and alot more durable than ipods. they also read/play multiple formats of music/video. I especialy like the older models, theyr a little bulky but have bigger screens than most other mp3 video players and last forever. I would recommend zune over ipod to anyone whos looking for a new mp3 player. only drawback is theres not alot of hardware compatible with the zune plug and ipod plugs are not compatible so you have to use the 3.5mm jack to dock to speakers
- raceybNov 28, 2006by
This is an awesome MP3 media player. It has built in wifi that allows you to share songs and pictures with friends. The sound is spectacular, however as with most earbuds that come with mp3 players, audiophiles will more than likely want to upgrade to a wireless headset.