"Buy a Zune"4.5 starson by chasedebnam
Pros: I love the Zune's minimalist and customizable interface, good battery life, Podcast support, FM radio, the entire social network aspect, Zune Marketplace, attractive design, large display screen, amazing sound quality
Cons: No clock. No EQ, but this isn't a problem on devices with high sound quality
Also no free trial to Zune Marketplace anymore.
Summary: I was an ardent iPod user for about 5 years before I bought a Zune. It was the lack of subscription services for the iPod that made me switch. Let me dispel some rumors that may be preventing your from buying a Zune.
Most (not all, but most) of the songs I bought from the iTunes store still play on my Zune. I'm not sure why some work and some don't, but the whole 'compatibility' issue really isn't that sever.
Also, I don't see the problem with Zune Marketplace. It's wonderful. Unlimited downloads for $15 a month, and I've yet to find an album that wasn't available (that was available elsewhere, like the iTunes store or Rhapsody).
If you're looking for something super simple to use without a cluttered excess of unnecessary features, get this.