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View Full Version : Zune: Worst Out-of-Box Experience Ever?

Damion Chaplin
12-07-2006, 02:00 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.gamepro.com/gamepro/domestic/games/features/88288.shtml' target='_blank'>http://www.gamepro.com/gamepro/domestic/games/features/88288.shtml</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>&quot;I don't hate the Zune player. In fact, I rather like its design, feel, and weight. I'm not crazy about the control buttons, but I can live with them.&nbsp; I do, however, hate the Zune software. It's shocking that Microsoft didn't simply integrate the Zune's rights management directly into Windows Media Player -- doing so may have eased many of the synching problems. Even with all of iTunes' well-documented software quirks, compared to the Zune it's the Holy Grail of music software.&nbsp; Microsoft is forcing hipness with the Zune, and people don't like that. It's like your Dad wearing urban gear and listening to underground hip-hop. Sure, it might technically be considered cool, but it makes you want to crack open an Emily Bronte novel with a concerto in the background.&quot;</em></p><p>I wholeheartedly concur with Mr. Marbles that it was just plain stupid to create a seperate piece of Zune software that's essentially the same thing almost all of us already have on our PCs.&nbsp; The Zune not appearing as a drive that you can manually manipulate is also a big minus in my book.&nbsp; That being said, workarounds exist, and while it may not do it out of the box, I might venture that most of us that desire manual control over our player can use these workarounds easily.&nbsp; The average person (who may have never owned a PMP) would probably rather have their music synced.&nbsp; Of course, I image they'd love to load all the PFS music they've already purchased, but we can't have everything, eh?&nbsp; In all, it's a fair review, just by someone with higher expectations and less patience than myself.</p>