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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Ina Fried Tests Zune Hotspots in San Francisco

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Talk" @ 08:00 PM

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10046542-75.html

"One of the nice things about Microsoft's new Zune is that it can download or stream songs at a hot spot. The downside: the music player won't work at just any hot spot. The big limit is that the Wi-Fi locale not only has to be free, but also of the variety that doesn't pop up a browser window before letting users online. That's because unlike the iPod Touch, the Zune has no browser."

In a repeat of her performance two years ago when she pretended to be surprised that, a mere two weeks after the device's 1.0 launch, she couldn't find another Zune owner with whom to share tracks, CNet's Ina Fried is back again, this time performing her own survey of Zune-friendly hotspots in town. Fried hits up the downtown San Francisco area and a selection of ten coffee shops, restaurants, and retail locations (including a surprising result at the Apple store), searching for a public wifi network that won't require a browser to connect. She finds that the device works at only four of the locations. Fried's point is obvious; most of the public wifi spots nowadays require some form of browser-based "I accept" page to allow you onto the network. This is a glaring oversight in Zune's implementation, to be sure, but building a browser would open another huge can of worms (literally) for Zune to address. Personally, I haven't used the new wifi features much, but when I have this restriction hasn't been that big of an issue. Let us know: is Zune's lack of browser a deal-beaker for you?


Saturday, April 12, 2008

C|Net: Zune 8 "Sleek and Stylish"

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Talk" @ 01:00 PM

http://reviews.cnet.com/4321-6490_7-6613404.html

"On the other end, we have what I like to call 'industrial chic.' The Microsoft Zune, with its solid construction and muted body paint, falls nicely into this camp. A large screen and brushed metal backside add to the appeal, and don't forget the custom etching option. If that doesn't scream style, I don't know what does."

I couldn't agree more. I'm no design major, but I love my Zune80's simultaneously flat sides and curved corners. Plus the Teflon-like back is really useful when dealing with stain-prone liquids and markables. Check out the article for the full rundown of all 6 "sleek and stylish" players.


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Zune 80 vs iPod Classic: Fight!

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Talk" @ 07:00 PM

http://reviews.cnet.com/4370-11399_7-324-101.html

I love hypothetical "who would win in a fight?" discussions (the most famous and epic of which pitted chicken against squirrel), but in lieu of the fun-but-not-always-fair GoogleFight, technology battles have to be handled by the pros at C|Net. Such is the case with the iPod/Zune debate.

When tasked with this very issue last generation/year, C|Net raised the iPod's metaphorical arm in a 20-19 victory much to the chagrin of many a Zune fan. This year, the flashy videos have been done away with and the gloves are off: it's showtime. The staff did a fair job of pointing out the accomplishments and flaws in both devices, and I won't ruin it for you, except to say: Zune doesn't lose!

Yes, it appears the Zune is finally getting its due. Though a lot of the points are ones we've heard a million times before (lack of eq, no integration with P4S/Macs, missing features in the software), they do mention the improved design and thinness of the device. I can't wait until next year.


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