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iLounge gets an insider scoop on Zune

Details continue to leak out concerning Microsoft’s upcoming Zune portable media player. Today we have tons of new information on Zune including its design, user interface, and much talked about WiFi. There is also a new black and white image of a black Zune complete with headphones.

The first bit of information covers was presumed to be a touch sensitive click wheel on the face of the device. Not so according to iLounge. Instead, the wheel features four buttons (play/pause, menu and up/down scroll). The user interface has some nice touches including large album art due to the Zune's massive screen, customizable wallpaper and a larger capitalized letter that pops up on the screen as you scroll through your music library to tell you which part of the alphabet that you're on. Other details provided include an integrated FM tuner and the fact the Zune is larger than a 30GB 5G iPod and is made entirely of plastic. As for the integrated WiFi, here's iLounge's take:

Apparently you can use the Wi-fi feature to “loan” other Zune owners music for some short period (a day), giving them the opportunity to buy the tracks themselves from the Zune music store. While this is a cool idea, and could work well for ubiquitous iPods, it gets an “eh” here because you’re unlikely to randomly bump into other people who have Zune’s, and unless Microsoft actually gives away music, you’re even more unlikely to find people who are willing to purchase tracks from its latest music store. You may also be able to spool Zune music to a Wi-Fi-enabled Xbox 360, which again is a cool idea, but requires a $100 wireless adapter and the $300-400 console.

Whether all of the above is enough to convert the iPod faithful over to the dark side remains to be seen. iPod users are a loyal bunch and they always seem to come back for more. Microsoft may be able to pluck a few fresh buyers from the sidelines, but the road to any sizeable market share will be a long one.



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RE: good luck.
By michael2k on 8/18/2006 6:04:40 PM , Rating: 1
A large screen is an advantage... how?
Listening to music?
Finding music?
Longer battery life?
Lighter weight?
Smaller player?

It is an advantage when playing video... but as of yet the video market isn't the goal (though it is a target)... The iPod is the goal, isn't it?


RE: good luck.
By Mithan on 8/18/2006 10:09:55 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
It is an advantage when playing video... but as of yet the video market isn't the goal (though it is a target)... The iPod is the goal, isn't it?


And you know it isn't the goal? How? Because a bunch of people online are speculating about rumors?

My point is, we don't really know anything about the Zune. Its all leaks and speculation.

Could kick ass, could not kick ass.

DailyTech obsessing about things like "sharing music" is pretty dumb really. Even if nobody uses it, it doesn't detract from the system.


RE: good luck.
By jimmy43 on 8/19/2006 9:24:53 PM , Rating: 2
Not true, they are commenting on how these features are being advertised as big selling points, when in fact you need to spend money on additional accesssories and still they offer very limited functionality.


RE: good luck.
By defter on 8/19/2006 10:48:19 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
A large screen is an advantage... how? Listening to music? Finding music?


A large screen is significant advantage for browsing the music. When you have >1000 songs available, it's much easier to find the specific song when you have a large screen.

quote:
It is an advantage when playing video... but as of yet the video market isn't the goal (though it is a target)... The iPod is the goal, isn't it?


I think the goal is mobile media player market. While video playback isn't as important as audio playback, good video playback capabilities are important to have.


RE: good luck.
By retrospooty on 8/19/2006 3:23:30 PM , Rating: 3
Is there anything that competes with an Apple product that you wont find points against? Is there anything that Apple can do wrong? Do you actually post here about any other subjust aside from Apple?


RE: good luck.
By michael2k on 8/19/2006 9:00:55 PM , Rating: 2
Is there anything competing against an Apple product that is better?

The MiniPC is more expensive than a Mac mini. A Dell dual-dual CPU is more expensive than a Mac Pro. The Creative Vision:M is bigger and more expensive than an iPod with video. The Samsung Yepp is harder to use than an iPod shuffle. Etc etc.

Apple doesn't make the best in everything. The iMac is nice, but not ideal. Apple doesn't make a small standalone desktop. Their 1.0 applications are feature poor and usually slow. Their hardware designs have become too cautious and evolutionary. Their OS kernel suffers from poor performance due to past design decisions. Their OS UI is inconsistent and the design sometimes arbitrary. Their hardware suffers from too many design flaws. Their two button mouse suffers from a design flaw that prevents it from right clicking if you rest your index finger on it. Their LCDs in the iMac and MacBook/Pro are too low in resolution.

None of that, however, detracts from the fact that Apple has some very good hardware and OS design, excellent applications, good usability, and great devices. With all the critics out there, why do I need to keep going on about Apple's problems?

And no, I usually don't post about subjects that don't involve Apple; most of the time it isn't interesting to me.

Now that I've answered your questions, can you answer mine?
Do you ever see anything right or good in Apple? Do you ever acknowledge or praise Apple? Or do you only ever bash Apple?


RE: good luck.
By retrospooty on 8/20/2006 1:02:31 AM , Rating: 2
Now that I've answered your questions, can you answer mine? Do you ever see anything right or good in Apple? Do you ever acknowledge or praise Apple? Or do you only ever bash Apple?

I do see some good in Apple, the ipod variants are easily the best Mp3 players out there, the UI is awesome. As for MAC's I dont personally want one, and dont personally think that OSX is all that (and yes I have used it extensively on a dual G5 at work, mostly troubleshooting browser issues, and our own software, not a whole lot of user apps), but I totally see why you, and many others like it. It's just not for me.

None of that, however, detracts from the fact that Apple has some very good hardware and OS design, excellent applications, good usability, and great devices.

Agreed.

Now, I have said nice things about Apple, and you have said some negative... The world is balanced again ;)

I will say this, I really, REALLY do hope Apple succeeds and takes back some marketshare. The 3% they are at isnt enough to spur much fear on the PC side. If Apple starts taking back a good chunk of the market share they lost over the past 15 years, it will force the PC side to innovate faster, and drop prices, and when that happens, we all win. Believe me, I want Apple to succeed.


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