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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Multimedia Device

    Posted
    shojen

    Microsoft's Zune MP3 and Video Player/Image viewer is a great piece of mulitmedia heaven! If you would do a side-by-side comparison to the market leader, you will find very minor differences. The most noteable would be it's physical size; being a bit larger. But hey, the Zune would need to be larger to boast it's much larger and crisper screen size. Although size may be an issue to some, just consider the iPhone or the iPod Touch being close in size to the Zune. However, any size matters go flying out the window as soon as you start playing with the Zune! With crisp graphics and animations and outstanding video playback you almost forget that you're watching your favorite movie on a 3" screen, it absorbs you! As far as audio file compatibility, Microsoft follows industry standards by restricting certain files to Zune only. These files are generally music files that are downloaded from online music places such as iTunes, Walmart, and Microsoft's own Marketplace. In other words, if you download music from any place other than Marketplace, Zune will most likely not play them. However, do not think that MS pioneered this idea. iPod has it's own issues. However, Zune does play any MP3's that are not previously protected (from download music places) and of course you own ripped CD collection. I personally have 1490 songs from 159 CD's which equals over 97 continuous hours of music and 7.12 gigs of harddrive space. These files vary from MP3's to wma's and varying degrees of quality. The Wi-Fi capabilities are a nice touch. With this option turned on, the Zune automatically contacts other Zunes that are in close proximity to it, sending a little notification to a fellow Zuner! You can trade pictures or songs via wireless technology, nice! Some businesses are planning to jump in this pool allowing Wi-Fi Zuners to download content from their own establishments that play music... coffee... espresso... tunes... anyone? Now, the catch is that you must not be the only Zuner in the Social. Although this is a really cool idea, you may not find a lot of people migrating to the Zune, tossing their other MP3 players. That being the case, finding someone to share in the Wi-Fi joy may prove to be a little dissapointing. Also, not wanting to encourage pirating, transferred songs are limited to three and are available to play for three days; the 3x3 rule. The Zune as a player is superb multimedia device. However, every great thing has a dark side. The Zune's dark side is the software that is required to use in order to fill the Zune with all of your audio/visual candy. There are so many wrong things with the Zune software, it's hard to find something nice to say. Besides having to use the USB cable to charge and transfer files to the Zune (not applicable to the new Zune wi-fi), as soon as you hook up the cable, both the Zune and your media library (you whole PC hard drive) go into a "synching" mode. The initial sync process takes a very long time and can be extended depending on your library size. The Zune software searches your "My Documents" folder and uploads whatever compatible media it finds, whether you want it to or not. So certain things you may not want on your Zune will be forced on to it. It can be removed of course, but there should be a search option path upon Zune Software installation. The Zune Software interacts almost exactly like Windows Media Player, so users of that will feel at home. The other unlucky social population will have a keen time trying to figure it out as there are no instructions or user guides. I use Media Player myself, and I had to take a few breathers to get oriented. The Zune Software is the gateway into the Zune. Nothing goes in or comes out without it (except for wi-fi sharing). The software feels slow and bulky and generally has a mind of it's own. Here's a hint: double check everything you do to make sure the software did it, especially deletions! Minus the Zune Software, Zune itself is obviously a top contender for MP3 players. It's stylish, bright, and fun! You'll find yourself cruising around inside the Zune just because you can, all the while jammin' to your favorite tunes, viewing your favorite photos, or watching your favorite movies! The price is right, are you ready to join the social?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ZUNE 30GB

    Posted
    Mattocaster

    Wow, after reading some of the reviews for this and the problems some people were having with the software, I was a little skepticle. I went ahead and downloaded the ZUNE software before hand and started to RIP my CD collection (200+ CD's). Ripping the CD's went smooth. It found all but 2 pieces of Album Artwork (one of which I knew would be trouble). The organization of my collection in the ZUNE software is very nice; easy to navigate and makes sense as far as layout, etc. With about half of my collection "RIPed" I took the plunge and got the 30GB player. As stated by another reviewer, the packaging and overall impression of my purchase was top notch. Yes, the MANUAL is a little sparse, but exactly how much do you need on paper for this? Now, I had already had and XBox LIVE account from my XBox360, so I was able to "sign in" to their "Social Network" with no problem. I think maybe this is where some people may have encountered some problemsor concerns that they needed to divulge more personal info about themselves. Once I followed the steps and registered my ZUNE I was good to go. Also, the ZUNE Marketplace uses the Microsoft Points that some others complained about. Yes, I can see this being a valid point for some, but for me, I already use the Microsoft Points on XB LIVE anyway, so, I found it to be just an easier way to keep POINTS on my account when needed. OK, ready to SYNC. Click SYNC and.........DONE. No problems once again. As far as missing ALBUM ART, I simply 'Googled' the Artist/Album, saved picture as, and started an ALBUM ART folder. Right-Clicked to Add Album Art, and.......DONE. VIDEO!!!! OK, here's where I got really excited. I found a program online that was $30 called Cucusoft DVD to ZUNE Converter. Download the Trial Version. Took a Three Stooges DVD I had and was able to "RIP" one of the 7 episodes to My Videos folder, Hooked up the ZUNE, hit SYNC and.........DONE. The sotware also alows you to RIP the entire DVD or just the sections you want. I just finished with Star Wars: A New Hope. It takes about 1/2 of the total time of the movie/show to complete. The ZUNE's screen plays the movies, etc. beautifully. As far as the Wireless Sharing thing, I haven't used it. And I really don't care about it right now. The FM TUNER is very neat and cool to have because you just never know when you'll want it. The cool thing about it I like is that it shows the Station's call signs and the song's TITLE and ARTIST on most stations as well. I have only had it for a few days now and I have my whole 200+ CD collection on it, 2 Movies, 2 PODCASTS, and 2 30 minute TV Shows and only used about 13GBs. Not too bad I guess. No valid opinion on duribilty just yet, but initial response is that this is a sturdy piece of gear, it does not look OR feel cheap at all. I think this is definately worth checking out. Especially if you're not a big iTunes fan like myself. Also, if you are an XBox360 gamer...it's pretty easy to intigrate with the abilty to see what your friends are listening to and learn about new music in general.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Zune review, I own two now

    Posted
    MemphisRockDrummer

    My first 30 gig Zune was purchased almost a year ago and if filled up with my own extensive collection of CDs. I owned two Creative Zen hard drive MP3 players before these. One of those crashed and I still have one. I have never owned an I-pod as I do not like their proprietary software and lack of ability to shift my own files to and from different units. Both the Creative units were fine but are now out-dated. The Zune lives up to specs and is everything I have hoped for. It is rugged, dependable, fairly fast, reasonable battery life, easy to use and flexible. The only thing I don't like is the software. I suppose if someone explained it all to me first hand I would like them even better. There is no manual. I mean NO hard copy manual. Three instructions come with it, connect, turn on and use. The web-site explains most of what you need. The rest they guess you can just figure out on your own. I did encounter a problem installing my second Zune onto one of my computers and I called the help line and a representative helped me solve the problem on the spot, though it took almost an hour of trying different options. The assistance was outstanding. He even spoke English clearly. I learned a lot in the process that I had not figured out on my own. The Zune works fine. I have still not figured out how to change a name of a song or change an artist name (because several that I copied over from my previous units were spelled wrong) but I am sure if I keep trying or go online, someone will tell me how to do this. Other than the software which is adeguate and the lack of hard copy instructions I would rate the Zune at 5-Stars. The new reduced price of $199 seems a bargain for what you are getting. Maybe next version will have some new whistles and bells, but for portable versions of massive amounts of music I don't think you can go wrong with the Zune. I am sure some many people want an I-Pod, but the convenience of the Zune, especially if you are ripping and copying your own files is outstanding in comparison.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Buy!

    Posted
    Biologist85

    I'm absolutely thrilled with the 30GB Zune. It looks great and sounds great! The headphones that come with it work just fine. No complaints there. The 30GB holds a lot more than you think, so don't worry about space being an issue- especially if you use WMA format instead of MP3. I am also satisfied with the battery life. As long as you utilize the energy saving features, the play time is well over seven hours straight (it is probably longer, but that is the maximum time that I have used it without a separate charge).The built in radio works well, also. The software is incredibly easy to use- if you are familiar with Windows Media Player, it's basically the same thing. All you have to do is rip your music and it will automatically sync with your Zune as soon as you plug it in. This is good for people that aren't particularly tech savvy. No file conversion is necessary. The display is large, crisp, and clear- will display album art as the songs play. It is very easy to navigate between menus, and there are quick list and shuffle features which are very convenient. The buttons are not the touch sensitive slides (that are on the iPod), and I think that they are much easier to use. The only thing I would suggest is to get a good case. The small suede bag it comes with is not pratical for the player itself- it doesn't even fit inside that well. (although, I use it to store my headphones when I'm not using it). I know these players aren't as popular as the iPod, but I personally think they are much better when it comes to ease of use, quality, and function. The iPods may look a little more slick, but I think the Zune is far more superior.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best media player I've owned to date

    Posted
    Scotticus

    By my standards the Zune is an excellent product, I use it daily and my complaints are few and minimal. Right out of the box I found the device to be sleek in design, simple in its controls, and more than capable of the tasks I expected of it. Sound quality is great, and the Zune software allows you to rip and sync music in as low or high a format/bit rate as you might prefer. The picture quality is really impressive considering the size of the device. The convenience of wanting to show a certain picture or video to a friend and having only to reach into your pocket and fire up the Zune definitely gives value to the screen. It's very easy to just drag and drop an existing album of photos/videos from the desktop to the Zune software and have them synced up and ready to go in just a few minutes. The fact that a handful of image/video formats are not compatible with the Zune is a bit disappointing, but I've only been prevented from using a small number of files because of this. The Zune software can sometimes run a little slow when multi-tasking, but admittedly the system I run it on is a bit dated. On a modern computer I doubt there would be an issue. The marketplace is easy enough to use, and the pricing is just as it is through any other service. My only (somewhat) major issue with the Zune is that it does not include a wall charger out of the box. The Zune instead charges through its USB cable when connected to your computer which, while not terribly inconvenient at home, causes a problem when trying to travel with the Zune. However, I just went ahead and bought a wall adapter which solved the problem easily. Other than that, I've never had any hardware issues with the Zune (I've had mine for nearly a year now), the device seems to hold up very well. Overall, I love the product and I'd recommend it to anyone who's had a hard time with other players and is looking for a solid, multimedia-ready alternative.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The right choice for the right price

    Posted
    diztortion

    I waited many, many years before buying an MP3 player, but I am confident I made the right choice in buying a Microsoft Zune. Of course I started out wanting an iPod like everyone else b/c there wasn't much else out at the time. I hated their look so decided to wait. The same with Creative Zen and other low-quality players. I gave up wanting an MP3 player until Microsoft released the Zune. Finally an MP3 player came along that had everything: large storage space, video playback, radio tuner, wireless capabilities, fully upgradable firmware (an MP3 player first!), easy-to-use software, photo viewer, and a great price. I've heard a lot of complaints about the Zune, but the ONLY problem I had was when the update came along and messed up my library labeling. All I had to do was go to the community forums and they posted an easy fix for it. If you're in the market for a great MP3 player loaded with tons of features and lots of storage space for all your audio and visual media, go with Microsoft's Zune and look at the iPod for what it is: an overpriced piece of trash. Currently I have over 1200 songs, about 20 videos, and over 50 pictures, with tons of storage space left over. A tip: don't buy any cases for the Zune especially from DLO. Just go with the little pouch that comes with the Zune.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid player with a few drawbacks

    Posted
    hoverboy

    I've had my Zune for 3 months now, and am generally quite pleased with it. I am not an iPod fan, so I was looking for a decent alternative that could play video and have lots of space. The zune is handsome-looking, with a nice finish that won't collect scratches like the iPod. The screen is bright and crisp, and is larger than the iPod Classic's. The interface is very pretty as each window gracefully fades in and out in a Window's Vista-type fashion. The zune software is one of the biggest drawbacks to this player. The device itself is capable of a lot more than Microsoft lets it do. There is very limited video codec support (basically wmv, and that's it). This wouldn't be so bad if the Zune marketplace had video downloads. It doesn't! It's stupid that the zune is not natively compatible with Window's Media Player, either. I really think that Microsoft is shooting itself in the foot here. I bought the player with the intension of watching recorded TV shows on it during breaks at work. I ended having to buy an extra 3rd party converter just to get them to work. The wi-fi is an awesome feature... if it was actually useful. Since no one I know even knows what it is (let alone have one), zune to zune sharing is a mute point. You can't sync wirelessly to a computer either (although the next-gen zune's are supposed to), or have a mobile marketplace like the iPod Touch, so basically the wireless is pointless. All in all though, I really do like the player for all it's faults. With the extra converting, all video looks very sharp and the framerate is perfect. I just wish Microsoft hadn't tied down the zune's functionality, as it's capable of so much more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great for me!!

    Posted
    BP25

    When comparing all the mp3 players out there, the zune caught my eye because of the Storage, and Pricedrop. That and paired with a free carkit, I couldn't pass the deal up. I also own an xbox360, so getting this made the most sense because the xbox and zune are meant to work together. I also wanted an mp3 player with an FM tuner in it. I like to listen to the radio in the morning, and then switch over to my music for the remainder of the day. This is something that even the newest ipods don't have. But its not a feature everyone cares about. The interface on the zune is brainless, meaning you don't need a brain to use it, its that simple. It works smoothly and I like the large screen and the fact that the album art of the band your playing becomes your background when your playing a song. The only complaint I have isn't about the zune specifically, but the Zune software that comes with it. It sort of has a mind of its own until you figure out how to disable all the "nice automatic" features. I personally have way more music than the zune will hold, which makes the software start choosing "intelligently" what music I want to listen to.....that didn't work out so great, because I has almost nothing on there that I wanted at the time, so I ended up erasing everything and starting over. Now that I've got it figured out, Im starting to come around to it, but it was very frustrating at first. I'd say I-tunes has a HUGE advantage over the Zune that way. Overall, I like the zune, just not the software. If you don't care about things like the FM tuner, I'd recommend and ipod...otherwise, buy a zune!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Product, Horrible Software

    Posted
    victorscarlo

    Let me first start off by saying I have owned both the Zune and Ipod and by far the Zune is much better than the Ipod. I have hooked up the Zune to my car radio via aux port and the sound quality is excellent! I like the fact that the Zune supports h.264 format video as well. The battery life on the Zune is ok, could be a little better but overall it is a great product! Now the downfalls.... I have spent a merely 2 days trying to put music files onto the Zune. The software upgrade (which is required) is absolutly terrible. Every time I would put a song onto the Zune itself, the artists and album were always "unknown". I have repeatedly changed the artists name and album info through windows media player and id3tag with no luck. Everytime I changed it, Zune would not recognize it and change it back to unknown. I have disabled all auto sync options and it still is messed up. I finally figured out a way to correct this problem after 3 uninstalls of the program, and I had to set it up as a guest. To mention, customer support has no help at all as well. I called in after 24 hours of working on it, and their response was "it is a copyright feature that allows the Zune to erase songs and their names". Even though the cd's are owned by me, it is a copyright protection? Then the man gave me a conformation id and hung up with no real help. I like the product by far the best out, but please, please Zune fix the software and customer support! Thank you

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Wasted alot of money

    Posted
    Readytokickhimndaface

    So the best way to waste alot of money is to buy a Zune. An even better way is to drop it and damage it and void your warrenty with Microsoft and have no other way of getting a repair or replacement. So it began three months from my purchase date. Loading began to take longer than usual. Stopped in the middle of songs. Didn't listen to any commands giving by me using the interface. By this time I was getting upset. Soon it didn't turn off. And when it did turn off the screen would go black however the backlight would stay on wouldn't go off. So it would drain the battery. After it drained. No more use. It wouldn't come back on. Ever! Once I was able to get it to a computer to charge it. A couple of screen came into view that you more than likely never see. It was a series of screens telling what to do it you wanted to restore your firmware. Did following these screens fix my Zune. NO!!! Did resetting the Zune work either. NO!!! Nothing worked. I had done an extensive amount of research on MP3 players. At least a year and a half. I had bought my Zune and an extended warrenty days before I had to go out to sea for military duty and would be without any resources to get it fixed for many months. Oh no how wrong was I. All I had to do is get a scratch on it. All I had to do is get a dent on it. And my warrenty was voided. My extended warrenty was gone as soon as I found out my Microsoft warrenty was voided. Did I waste 250 dollars. You bet I did. And would I ever purchase anything with a Microsoft name on it thats more than 100 dollars. Never again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding

    Posted
    theorytree

    I recently purchased my Zune because I got a job working at a plant where we could wear headphones. This thing is on for atleast 7-8hrs. a day and when overtime comes, sometimes its 12hrs. Even after a long shift it still has battery life left (this is listening to it on max volume too.) It also gets charged everynight 6-days a week and still maintains a good charge. The screen is beautiful. Great contrast and its size is excellent! It is bigger than the iPods and for that, it wins in the screen battle. Volume is great on this thing - its loud! Remember, I listen to it at a loud, noisy plant! The software is alright - same as all the other ones to me. 30GB of space is decent. Not the best out there though. The buttons are buttons, not a touch wheel or touch screen. I actually prefer this more over the touch-wheel or touch screen. I listen to it all the time and sometimes clean or bare hands are not readily available - so when i have my gloves on the buttons come in handy. Exetremely easy to use. Learning curve of 2 minutes. Accessories are readily available almost anywhere - but dont expect near the variety apple has. And, they are expensive. Overall I love my Zune. I dropped it on concrete running up a flight of stairs and when I picked it up it had a small ding on the corner and it still works flawlessly - i wonder how an iPod would've held up? Highly reccommended 9/10

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not upto the mark !! Wait for a better model.

    Posted
    Dexter999

    I've used an iPod and Sony MP3 players for as long as they existed. My first impressions with the Zune: Zune has very propreitery software and compression. The interface and software (iTunes) on the iPod is way more polished. iTMS offers incomparable music purchase experience. Sound quality is better on the iPod (and even better if you invest in decent ear buds.) The fact that the battery doesn't run that long on a Zune is a big turn off, does not last as long as the iPod 5G. Screen is bigger on the Zune but the same resolution as the iPod. It can't seem to get any albums or artists right, particularly if its from any source other than zune marketplace. The result is lots of songs organized under "unknown artist" or "various artists" when you know there's only one artist and who it is. Then it will probably break up your album into 5 or 6 "unknown albums" and assign it an arbitrary cover art from some other place in the software. Finally, the coup de grace, you can't manually input album or artist information for individual songs. So, you're finally stuck with either tons of unknowns or grouping them into awkward groups that don't have anything to do with each other. Typical microsoft: Good hardware, terrible software. Its too bad, cause I really liked the thing initially.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great media player

    Posted
    Yogibear001

    Its been a month since I purchased this product and I love it very much. Initially I wasn't going to buy this, but the super low price tempted me to choose Zune compared to an iPod. Pros: 1. The zune comes with a 3" bright widescreen that you will love to watch videos on the go. 2. This box also comes with a promising new feature - free firmware upgrades from Microsoft. Per a news article, all Zune 30 customers will get free upgrade to Zune 2 firmware scheduled to be released in Nov'2007. This includes the wireless sync feature. 3. It has a sleek design (though slightly taller and thicker than a iPod) that fits your pocket. A case is included as well. 4. Zune to Zune sharing 5. Bored of listening to songs - don't worry. This player has in-built FM tuner that has plenty of presets to save your favourite stations. 6. The Zune software is user friendly and is easy to install. Cons: 1. Like many other players, Zune has limitations on the file formats to be used. Better look for a video/audio converter if you have AVI, RM, MPEG file formats. 2. AC adapter not included. I guess it is not included with an iPod as well. 3. Though this player has wireless capability, its functionality is limited. Hope Microsoft expands this in future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Got to Get one

    Posted
    fredrox

    This is a great product. I bought the 30g for my son and the 80g for my wife. The software is very easy to use. I was debating on Ipod or Zune and I am so glad that I got the Zune. My sons 30g still had the old software on it but when I plugged it in to the computer the software found the 30g zune. Went to update software and in minutes it was updated to the new software version which gives you wireless sync. Which is cool, both my wife and son have podcast that they listen to often and as soon as the software pulls the podcast they just activate wireless sync and its on the zune. The best thing about the Zune and the reason I got it for my wife is the Video. The video is so great. I got the software CuCusoft and with it rip DVD's to Zune Video. My wifes 80g Zune has 40 Movies which she plays with a touch of a button in her van which has the entertainment package for playing movies. It keeps the kids entertained and no mre DVD's to worry about. Also she keeps all her 14,000 pictures 300+CD collection all on the 80g Zune. and my son with the 30g does the same. the only differance is the 80g has more storage. 30g however is more than enough. another great thing about the zune is it is again software upgradeable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Portable music

    Posted
    scottf

    I decided to purchase a zune earlier this year and at this point am pretty satisfied with the product and hope that Microsoft will make a few changes in future updates to address some of the cons listed below. From my perspective, here are the pros and cons for this unit: Pros: The unit works great as an mp3 player. It starts every time, plays music as you expect - every time. The user interface is very intuitive and the software is easy to use to add and organize your music. You can create a "temporary" play list. The ability to have a song in multiple play lists and only have one version actually stored on your Zune. Being able to share music with your friends via wifi connection. Cons: The software pairs the player with one computer - but it doesn't really matter because you can't play music off of the zune through your computer. You can't use the Zune as an external Hard drive. You can't create "permenant" play lists directly on the zune - only on the computer that is "paired" to the zune. You can't add music to the Zune via a second or 3rd computer and add said music to the play list. You can't work with this system natively under Linux or OSX. Not able to Pair with computer via WIFI network connection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Screen, and thats about it

    Posted
    GamerVixen

    I thought it was going to be aswesome! Yeah I can even hook it up to my xbox live screen name, and people who dont even know can see what I listen today ( glad i dont have stalker. lol) Its was a great thing, but I really liked the Ipod more. My Zune is just great for music and looking at my pictures. I just wished I could put more videos on it, Yes I know there be there a good TV show and movie chocies on the ZuneMarket some day, but I want it NOW! The only way I can do so is if I put it on a disk and burn it so it can go convert to Zune land. I love the radio, and sound. Its really nice if that all you wish to use it for, but the battery (srry, for a wierd reason I can't remember how to spell it) life is short, So... even if you wish to watch movies, or video it wont last as long as the Ipod. I still think my Zune great to listen to music, but I use my husband Ipod for all the good stuff, like music, videos, tv shows and even playing games. We travel alot and I need to be doing or else I might die of boredom. Zune only good for listening to music, oh and if you are a gamer like me, it was nice to have MicroSoft Points there to by music, Love the Xbox. lol

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    terrible product with tons of potential

    Posted
    sethoth

    First off, i hate to rate this product poorly. I really like microsoft, i like the fact that the zune is designed for my 360 and i really just like the overall design of the zune. The one thing i hate about it is the equalizer. i exchanged my zune 3 times and all 3 of them did this: I have found that when a zune is turned off, it will not turn back on with the same equalizer setting, yet it will say that is on the correct setting in the settings menu. Dont belive me? Go the Microsoft/zune website and check their Knowledge Data Base, which is basically an in depth tech support portion of their website. Check out article/issue code 933890. it will show you that the only fix for this is to reset the equalizer each time you turn it on. No permanent fix. Microsoft doesnt care apperantly. and worse off, most zunes have this problem. So if you dont care about an equalizer or dont mind resetting it everytime you turn it on, then i highly recomend zune. it is very innovative in its design and the screen is just awesome. Otherwise, stay away from this technically flawed product. im really not liking Microsoft today.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Buy an ipod. Zune's not worth it

    Posted
    obiken

    I've had my zune for about 1 yr and i'm ashamed that i asked for it for Christmas. It sounds like a good product on the surface but you'll regret it. The zune itself is ok, but an Mp3 player is just as good as the software behind it and boy is it terrible. I bought my laptop in May 2007 and has a Core Duo processor so there is no excuse why the software shouldn't work. The software sometimes can't find the zune when it is plugged in so i end up having to reinstall the software every three weeks which is a pain to do. The marketplace only sells music and garbage podcasts, no movies. I wanted the zune so i could watch movies on the go, so marketplace is no help. Also when i got the zune 2.0 firmware update the battery kept dying on me the first 25 minutes i used it. Now Microsoft released a firmware, software in the zune device, update that seems to help but i'm not waiting until something else goes wrong. I usually have patience with computers and new electronics but I'VE FINALLY HAD IT. I'm buying myself an ipod touch as soon as i can.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good quality player

    Posted
    Negativghostrdr

    All the freedom of other MP3 players (not the 'my way or the highway' ipod) , but the quality and usability of the unit itself is on par with or better than ipod. The interface design is surprisingly good. This MP3/video/photo player does what it's supposed to do really well for the most part. It took me a while to figure out that you have to set the backlighting to shut off after 5 seconds or so, so that you don't wear out the battery in a couple of hours. Video transfer works well enough. You can fit a few movies on here at once. I like the zune marketplace service. It has as good a selection of music as I have seen. If zune doesn't have something, I've checked Rhapsody and itunes and they don't have it either. What I like most is the subscription marketplace membership where you can download whatever you want without a per download fee and put it on your zune as long as you pay the $15 monthly fee. I like not being stuck with anything and being able to try a lot of music but I wanted a quality player too so this appeals to me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great Portable Media Device

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    UrbanTechGuru

    The screen on the Zune is a lot bigger than the video iPod which is great for videos. It also has a built it FM tuner so you could listen to your local radio stations. The Zune has built in Wi-Fi that is used to share songs with fellow Zune users and they can listen to the new song 3 times or within 3 days whichever comes first to see whether they want to buy it themselves. The user interface is very easy to use and has nice transitions. I like that the album artwork that fills the screen for the song you are currently listening to. Battery life is sufficient and sound quality is great. The thickness of the Zune is somewhat to be desired but the blue outline edge on black color looks awesome. The other thing I really like is that the unit surface is made of a rubberized material that won't scratch or show finger prints! Overall I recommend the Zune and it's a great alternative to the all too common iPod.

    I would recommend this to a friend