Thursday, June 12, 2008
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Articles & Resources" @ 07:00 PM
Well the first "Canadian" review of the Zune is now in, and despite the bandwagon-jumping-Microsoft-trashing quote above, reviewer Ted Kritsonis ends up liking the Zune a fair bit. He gave it an 8.5 out of 10, and that's without the inclusion of the Zune marketplace (which has yet to launch in Canada). I find it irritating when reviewers mention that the Zune can't play DRM-protected iTunes, but don't mention the reason why: Apple won't license their ironically-named "FairPlay" DRM to other companies. Place the blame in the right place Kritsonis - I'm sure the Zune team would love to license Apple's DRM because it would mean removing one more barrier to an iPod owner switching to the Zune. But, surprise surprise, Apple wouldn't allow that because they're the 900 pound gorilla in the media player market and they use their weight to do monopolistic things such as trademark the shape of their players.
All in all, the Zune fares quite well in this review - but the lack of Zune Pass being immediately available in Canada makes the Zune a cool digital media player, but ultimately not that radically different from competing products from Samsung, Creative, SanDisk, etc. The Zune desktop software is sure a lot better than having to use Windows Media Player 11 to sync though!