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Old 11-30-2006, 11:00 AM
Darius Wey
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Default Zune Getting a Bad Rap?


"The Microsoft Zune doesn't let you use the Creative Commons license or play stuff from the iTunes store, the pricing system for purchasing music by the song is a little weird, and its chassis isn't quite as tough as I'd thought initially. But after using the Zune for two weeks and a day and being pretty satisfied with its design, features, and performance, I can't believe some of the stuff I'm reading about it. People really seem to have a problem with this thing -- especially the brown model."

Wired makes a good point about the Zune. Despite all of its shortcomings (and I admit that there are a lot of them), it isn't as bad as some people make it out to be. There's no doubt that it's playing a game of catch-up and it has a long way to go before it eats into Apple's marketshare, but the iPod needs a few tweaks here and there if it's to stay solid in the long run. Both devices aren't perfect. It's a battlefield out there, and may the best one win.
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Old 12-01-2006, 05:28 AM
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In a word: Yes. There have been some good reviews out there, but there have been way too many reviews that read like a chance to take shots at Microsoft. Yes, the Zune has a way to go to be a real threat, but it's actually a pretty decent player. The PC software itself is actually pretty nice. Other than the points system, I've actually like the software and marketplace experience more than iTunes. (Note: I have no interest in move / tv downloads right now.) The most lacking feature for me right now is integrated netcast / podcast support, although it's not difficult to manually add those for the time being.
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