Pros better than my ipod, easier to navigate through menus.. better user interface. the actual player itself is a lot more durable than my ipod (i'm a bit of a device dropper). the fm tuner is SO awesome... and wireless networking is fantastic.
Cons took a bit of time to get used to the interface when i switched from ipod/itunes.. i have yet to be able to find how to make on the go playlists (if this is enven possible on a zune)
Summary i love my zune. with the features it has, it's hard for my old ipod to measure up. for sure, i can't download the fart app that i had on my 32gb ipod touch.. but as far as useful features go, this zune can beat down a pod any day.
Pros surpisingly light weight
ample screen size
easy to use interface
easy to use wireless sync
the touch pad
not a touch screen (personal opinion: i dont like touch screens)
ample hard drive
good battery life
Cons bulky (to me the ipod 4th gen was the perfect size)
lack of accessories (liscneced anyways)
Summary Ive owned now 4 ipods. All have bit the dust in some form or another, without any sort of rough use. Ipod 2nd gen, died at 373 days. Just outside of warranty. Ipod shuffle, original 1 gb, died 14 months after purchase. Ipod shuffle (2nd gen), died 9 months after purchase, didnt call on warranty. Ipod photo, lasted the longest at 1 year, 6 months. I use my ipod for two things, in the car and while running. Seems to me they are designed to not last that much longer than the warranty.
Ive had my 80gb zune for awhile now, and it is holding up fairly well. I charge every 3-4 days and have not had an issue yet with battery life. I like the touch pad and the ease of navigation through the menus. Like I said I dont like "fat finger" screens as neither phones nor mp3 players have gotten the touch screen right yet, unless your fingers are the size of a 5 year olds.....
Video playback is phenominal, no lag or video quality issues. No format issues as Zune software automatically coverts the format while syncing with your Zune. (no more need for 3rd party programs to convert). The Zune marketplace does have tv and movies, and the points work both on Zune and the 360. (harmonix and redoctane are both in talks to include a mp3 of downloaded rockband and world tour songs to users at no additional costs).
As far as sharing music, its a nice feature but not one I truely need. It is nice if you really want a song or album, you can quick get it on your zune, and the next place you get wifi simply purchase the rights.
Im done with ipods (well my wife has a mini still, with a 3rd party battery cause the OEM died at 13 months, suprise suprise.) The bulky ugly memory hungry itunes is off my laptop and pc, and eventually will be off my wifes laptop. Althouigh I dont like buying songs or videos off of Zune, I do like the way it handles podcasts, in my opinion, its finally a good way to manage them. I get my mp3s from Amazon.com or ripped from cd.
Pros Nice user interface. Small profile. Attractive look.
Cons Lacking mass storage device option. Need zune software to use usb and to charge.
Summary For the money, i would like a more do-all mp3 player then i have here.
Pros It was good until the software update
Cons Software update screwed mine up
Summary So this is the best forum I could think of to let people know how not to get screwed. I bought a 80 GB zune player a year ago and recently installed the new software and my zune player began to freeze so I tried resetting it and reinstalling the software etc... and now the screen went black but it still lights up so I called Microsoft/Zune about this problem I have been having since the software update and explained my situation and the only think that I was given was a "You may send your device in and we will replace it for $160 dollars because the warranty has run out". Why not repair it so I don't have to sell an arm and a leg to get something I have already paid for once. I could purchase a brand new 120 GB for $220 off of amazon for $60 more dollars I could have a new one with a bigger hard drive and a one year warranty to go along with it. This is a little ridiculous and unfair so I guess what i'm trying to get at is don't fall for Microsoft scam and be ripped off. I guess there is only a few options for me now I can post fourms and blogs and complain and maybe Microsoft will listen. I could get another zune player or replace my old one or I could just say "screw it" and cancel my subscription to the zune marketplace and buy an apple. Will see how this plays out.
-Great Customer Support
Cons -A little larger than competing iPod
-Can break if dropped hard on concrete
Summary I have owned my Zune 80GB since it was released a little over a year ago. It is my 3rd MP3 player and by far my favorite. In fact, I recently dropped my Zune on the sidewalk and it broke. I do not fault the product. I have dropped it countless times before without failure. But a spinning hard drive isn't designed to put up with complete torture. Anyway, I love this player.
Now I know that it is trying hard to keep up with the iPod and many of my friends laugh that I am sticking with Zune. It doesn't have a touch screen. Its a bit bigger than the iPod with equal storage. And it doesn't offer you the chance to be just like everybody else.
So whats the big deal. No stupid iPod music format. Even though Apple has removed the DRM from many of its iTunes library, it still downloads in a format that only works with Apple software and players. So, once you go Apple, it is a royal pain in the ass to turn back. Now I do download most of my music from Amazon. But even when I do grab files from the Zune Marketplace, it downloads in a format that works great with ANY MP3 player.
The interface is smooth and easy. And the thing sounds great! Give it a try. I normally want different toys when I get the chance to buy them. But this one was worth the investment twice.