Pros Great desktop software, the device is solid as a tank and performs 100% all the time. Great sound quality and merges well with the Xbox 360
Cons Don't know what I can complain about really... maybe the battery life? but I've never ever run out off battery!
Summary If you're looking for a high capacity media player LOOK NO FURTHER! The iPod classic is nothing compared to this, and they cost the same.
Pros How did this happen???? Microsoft finely got something right!!!!
I like the subscription much more than paying for each song like iTunes. You pay once and don't wary how much you download! It is call freedom!
Cons 15 $ every month....180 every year! Neaah!
Summary Step in the good direction, much better than iTunes but still... expensive! If you buy 180 songs per year from iTunes it will cost the same as Zune subscription. If they have thousands songs...this is much better deal. I still don't see many people rushing to subscribe for something that they can still get for free!
Pros Great looking player
Best interface on the market
Lots and lots of accessories.
The 80G version comes with some fantastic ear buds
Cons Requires additional software
Making multiple play lists requires that the player be connected to your PC
Not Mac compatible
The 120G version comes with some pretty cruddy earbuds
Summary Its hard to explain the appeal of Zune until you actually have one. Its the beautiful simplicity and ease of use. I didn't really come to this realization till my 80g Zune was stolen from my car a couple weeks ago.
I decided to replace it with an Archos 5. Which broke my heart when it died for no reason shortly after. So today I bough my second Zune, this time the 120G. It's syncing right now as I type this and I couldn't be happier.
Pros Large screen, excellent battery life, great audio quality, user-friendly interface, wi-fi sharing and wireless music downloads, large hard drive, custom backgrounds, FM radio with RDS, video playback, I can go on...
Cons Can't wirelessly download podcasts like what you can do with music. Channels require Zune Pass. Software needs AAC encoding so I won't have to use iTunes. Should have included the premium headphones, but these standard ones suffice.
Summary Last year, I bought the short-wide iPod Nano (8GB). I thought it would suffice my music needs, but I realized the size is small when I got more music and videos would shorten the size. I could have went with the new Nano, but I decided to get the new 120GB Zune last week. First of, I once owned the classic Zune, but was turned off by it because of the crappy battery life, especially less than 3 hours with FM radio turned on. I stuck with Apple. However, I have some friend who bought the second generation Zunes last year and said they were great. When I heard that software 3.0 bought more features to the Zune, I decided to buy it. Since I have owned this new Zune (120 GB), I am impressed and believe that this product is so much better than any iPod (even though they are still good player). Once I imported my music and started listening, I noticed a huge difference in audio quality when compared to the iPod. There are no equalizers, but I don't use them anyway since they usually distort music and waste battery life. Speaking of, battery life on this thing is great. Yes, it is less than the iPod Classic, but 30 hours of audio playback is still great. It is long enough to last about a month on one charge since I basically listen to my Zune on my way to class, on trips, or working on outside class assignments. I like the user-interface and how you can import your own backgrounds. I also like the large Album Artwork display on the Now Playing Screen while still having plenty of space displaying song information. Video playback is awesome and compatible with many formats including Media Center TV recordings. Great for me since I own a HD TV tuner and can watch my recorded shows on the go. I also like that the Zune is compatible with AAC audio since it is better sounding than MP3 and all my music is AAC files. Overall, this is the best media player I have ever bought. I honestly believe that I will be satisfied by this Zune for many years.
Pros Fantastic Player. Great sound quality, great price. The zune 120 is definitely a big ipod classic competitor. The player works great, and i love the way zune software works and integrates with my xbox. The ipod is a good player, but the zune kills it
Cons not many extras for it yet such as full home audio integrations. Hopefully it will be like that someday though.
Summary This is a fantastic player. Apples seems to shifted focus to the ipod touch/iphone and to the new nano, where as they just kinda threw together the ipod classic with no real no features. This is giving microsoft a huge advantage in this realm. I personally almost bought an ipod classic for the storage and cost, but i HATE itunes. When i went to the store one of the zune 120s was on the shelf for the same price and i grabbed it right away as i was a first gen zune adopter that needed more storage. The new software is great as well. Its a solid alternative to itunes and "genius" i much prefer the recommendation system in the zune because it reminds me of the way that last.fm works. Gives you a small history of the band and not only who they were influenced by, but who they influence. Genius is nice for those that just want similar songs, but for music junkies that want to know about the bands as well, the zune is the way to go.
Zune and Ipod are both great players with different ways of going about doing the same thing. I prefer the way zune works and the software so thats what i went with. I would recommend trying the zune software before you buy the player though, especially if your used to itunes. Its different, but in a very good way. One thing i do like is that i dont have to make a playlist for EVERYTHING like in itues. if i want to burn i cd i just drag and drop on where as in itunes you make a playlist and it stays there. i eventually had hundreds of playlists.