"Great balance between everything a good mp3 should have, with extra quality and intuitive comfort"4.5 starson by MLZaccaroCT
Pros: podcast support, user sharing, wirless sync, large LCD with HD display, great interface, FM radio, superior sound and video quality.
Cons: no buying media from device, not compatible with Mac OS, no clock or game features, lac of accessories.
Summary: My iPod broke a week after my apple-care plan ended, so in frustration I bought a Zune. Afterwards I realize that people buy the iPod as victims to fear of change, and smart brainwashing marketing schemes.
New generation iPods are either fairly lame interface with massive storage, or amazing interface with useless low amount of storage. The Zune offers a good mix of both.
I have it to set to wirelessly sync when I walk into my dorm room with it, which is amazingly easy and convenient. I can see detail on the big screen as well as watch High Definitions displayed videos.
The interface is practical, intuitive, and fun and easy. Although some people like the touch click wheel on iPods, which is understandable, but I found it too much and annoying. whipping my thumb around hundreds of times and then having it click 2 more times when I lift my fingers off. I find it easier to hold down until what you want comes up.
The FM radio is a neat perk to have added at no cost, I can listen to New England Sports Radio on the walk to class or work during Red Sox and Patriots season.
I have been able to find accessories that I desire, but not as easily, and the wireless sharing is another neat thing to have, although I have not done much of it.
Although many of ideas and features are copied from the iPod, the functionality and features outweigh the competition for the price. Microsoft has made another successful attempt at hardware following the X Box success, so if you are looking for a functional quality mp3 players, the 2nd gen Zune is a great choice.