"Best Media Player...EVER!!!"5.0 starson by chrisfreitas
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.