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All posts tagged "ipod touch"


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Shocker: iPod Wins CNET Prizefight

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune News" @ 12:34 PM

This is a little after the fact since this has been sitting in my queue for a while, but here we go anyway! This is why I hate that people think the Zune needs applications to compete in the market. CNET’s prize fight is a little absurd because we have two devices that in reality can provide the same service but really don’t do the same thing. I’ll save you the time…the iPod Touch blows away the Zune HD 4.5 to 4.0 in the 5 round fight. But they’re comparing two different things throughout the fight. I feel like they may as well compare a Zune and a Corvette and dock the Zune points for not putting out 400HP. Yeah sure, they both play music!

If you want a device for a little music, applications, games…go get a Touch. If you want multimedia device that’s dedicated to music and video, go get a Zune. They’re just not comparable and not because one is better than the other. If you take away application store out from the Zune equation, and there isn't much you're losing out on, then the Zune is not competing with a Touch at all. But because it has one it does compete. Poorly.

In most reviews I’ve seen, including CNET, the Zune wins on sound and screen quality. The navigation is considered on par with the iPod. Some like the Zune better while others like the iPod better but I think everyone can agree both devices are very good on that front and then it’s just personal preference. Both devices are well liked for the physical design. If I’m looking for a portable media player, the Zune just won on sound and picture. If I’m looking for a PDA, I’m getting an iPod.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

iPod vs Zune HD: Head to Head, IGN-Style

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Hardware" @ 10:30 PM

http://gear.ign.com/articles/105/1055484p1.html

"Not one to go quietly into the night or vanish without a fight, Microsoft relaunched the Zune with the Zune HD, a direct competitor to the iPod touch. The Zune HD was met with strong launch sales and praised by critics, but only time will tell if it will ultimately usurp the iPod in terms of market dominance. In the meantime, we ask this question of you, our beloved IGN readers: Which portable media player is better in your eyes?"

Oh it's on. IGN, like many other tech sites, has seen fit to pit the two media player juggernauts head-to-head in a battle of brains, brawn, and feature specs. At the bottom of the article, readers voted for their favorite device and discussed the relative merits of the two platforms in the forums. As these things often go, the comments section got a little hectic, but when the poll closed and the dust settled, IGN readers crowned Zune HD champion, eking out its rival a mere 53% to 47%. Booyah.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Lance Ulanoff's 10 Steps to Victory

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune News" @ 06:51 AM

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,281...,2353093,00.asp

“Okay, please stop laughing. There have been cases of upstarts beating well-established rivals. Before Microsoft Word came along, many of us were using WordPerfect and WordStar. Before Google came along, we used AltaVista and Yahoo. Before Internet Explorer came along, we used Netscape, and now we're watching IE lose ground to Firefox. Trust me, crazy things happen in the technology space. So, it wouldn't be unthinkable for the Zune to give the iPod touch a run for your money.”

Can the Zune HD beat the iPod Touch monster? While we all love the Zune, not many of us here would be so bold to claim that the Touch has anything to worry about, market momentum being what it is. But Lance Ulanoff of PC Mag thinks otherwise. He has a list of ten suggestions for the Zune team that he feels would make the Zune HD a success.

I don’t disagree with his ideas. I think they’re all very good and things that really have been mentioned over and over as what Microsoft should be doing to get ahead. Whether Microsoft does anything to actually seriously compete, however, is another story. You should go check out his list, I think he really nailed it. Maybe we should all email it to Redmond!


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Zune HD Rumours: Possible Price Points and Insanely Awesome Battery Life?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 12:44 PM

Another week, another couple of rumours about the forthcoming Zune HD. First up, price points: the 16 GB and 32 GB capacities seem all but confirmed at this point, and now Electronista has some information about the price point of the 16 GB Zune HD being between $249 and $279 USD. The price point make it a little less expensive than the 16 GB iPod Touch, which is a good move for Microsoft. No word on the pricing of the 32 GB Zune HD, but I'd guess we'll see it in the $349 to $379 realm. There's also a rumour about a 64 GB Zune coming "down the road", which isn't shocking - this is all about the price point of Flash, nothing more. Microsoft could release a 128 GB Zune HD, but it would probably cost $899. So for all of you who have full Zune 120s, this is not the device for you.

Moving along to the issue of battery life, we have (supposedly) a Microsoft employee who likes to blab to a fellow named Ryan Rea (Volvoshine), and the result is a claim of 5x battery life over the current iPod Touch. The iPod Touch 2nd gen unit is rated for 36 hours of audio or six hours of video. If the 5x factor proves to be true, on paper at least we'd be looking at 180 hours of audio or 30 hours of video. That seems virtually impossible - I'm expecting to see some battery life gains by moving to the OLED screen and the Tegra chip, but 5x? I'm calling hoax on this one. I hope I'm wrong, because that kind of battery life is game-changing, but when something seems too good to be true, it usually is...


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Neowin "Confirms" Zune Will Go International This Year

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 05:50 PM

http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/...ional-this-year

"After doing some digging, we can confirm that the release this fall will be international . While we were not able to get a list of countries that the Zune will ship to, we can confirm that it will be shipping to: Australia, China, and Europe. A company representative told me that there will be far more countries that the Zune will be shipping to. Stay tuned for more, including specs and pictures (We've seen the internal video!). I'll leave our readers with this: It's slim and you won't need a D-Pad. Feel free to speculate."

We pretty much knew that new hardware was coming this year, but the interwebs are blowing up over a single tweet from Brian Seitz where he confirmed that there's new hardware in the pipeline. People seem pretty excited about a new Zune, so that's good to see. The above quote from this Neowin article has more specifics than I've seen elsewhere - though I disagree with the use of "confirm" when they can't quote their source. At any rate, if this news is accurate, I'd say it's very big news indeed. Not only does it seem to firm up the rumour about an iPod Touch-like Zune (slim and no D-Pad), but it seems the Zune is finally ready to bust out of the confines of North America. Take this all with a large grain of salt mind you, because none of this is confirmed, but I think it's worth getting excited about! I wish I could add my own speculation into the mix based on what I learned spending two days with the Zune team, but I can't...I do hope though to be among the first to be able to provide you all with accurate information when the time comes.


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Apple Doubles iPod Touch Storage to 32 GB

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:30 AM

http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/



Apple has bumped up the storage of the iPod Touch to a whopping 32 GB (the iPhone also got doubled), although they added an equally-whopping $100 price tag to it, making it a $499 USD player. That's a lot of money for a media player, but when you factor in the new software update (which includes mail, notes, and other functionality) and the new storage, what you have is essentially a WiFi PDA that's a great media player, and you have more storage than any similar device on the market - the closest competitor might be a Dell Axim X51v with its VGA screen and a 32 GB CompactFlash card.

What does this mean to the Zune? At this point, not much - there's no Zune that can really compete with the iPod Touch. Microsoft's product offerings are clearly designed to compete against the iPod Nano and the iPod Classic. But Apple has certainly raised the bar for the other players in the market, and if Microsoft is planning to come out with a Zune to compete with the iPod Touch, they'd better have a 32 GB offering (or bigger). I also can't help but notice that if the Zune had a memory card slot, there'd be an opportunity for Zune owners to easily expand the storage on their devices. The Zune team has to get out of this "if Apple isn't doing it, why should we?" mentality they seem to be stuck in...

Tags: ipod touch, 32 GB

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