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Friday, November 17, 2006

Zune or iPod: Which One's Right for You?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 01:30 PM

http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/portable-media/zune-vs-ipod-the-final-word-on-which-should-you-buy-215107.php

"Now it comes down to the final question: should you buy the iPod or the Zune? After 72 hours of deliberating, I'll tell you what I would do."



Ah, yes. That big question on everyone's mind: iPod or Zune? Gizmodo has put up a short head-to-head analysis of the two. I'd say Mac users or existing iPod users who already have a huge library of iTunes Store songs would benefit by sticking to the iPod - unless Microsoft ever comes up with some radical iTunes Store to Zune Marketplace songs transfer scheme, but talk of that has already been quashed. Windows users and those who like a bit of Microsoft integration (Xbox 360, Media Center, etc.) may benefit by picking up a Zune. At the end of the day, it's entirely up to you. Which side are you leaning toward?


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

ZDNet: Zune Has No Chance

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 01:00 PM

http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=3950

"Microsoft's Zune music player has little or no chance of denting Apple's iPod juggernaut and contrary to all the digital ink spilled on product comparisons and reviews most of the reasons are strategic. Apple has built up quite a moat around its iPod business. Bottom line: Even if Microsoft's Zune is just a first volley it has a tough road ahead."

ZDNet blogger Larry Dignan offers up a pretty harsh opinion on Zune's chances of making a dent in the iPod juggernaut. He presents several arguments which basically all boil down to this: Apple has too big a market share and brand name. While this is a valid argument, there are plenty of examples that show this is far from bullet-proof, especially where Microsoft is involved. Need proof? Just ask Netscape, Palm, or Sony. Obviously these past examples don't mean that Zune is a shoo-in, but it does show that it's a bit naive to assume that iPod's dominance is so complete that there can be no true competition. However there is no mistaking that the Zune is going to have a long, hard road ahead, and Microsoft better not pull any punches.

What do you think Microsoft will need to do to pull market share?


Zune on CNN, Upstaged at the End

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.cnn.com/video/player/player.html?url=/video/business/2006/11/14/sorkin.minding.your.business.cnn&wm=native_mac



CNN has published a video interview with NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin who introduces the Zune to the news team. Unfortunately, the Zune got served at the end by the new iPod shuffle. I'm not denying that the iPod shuffle is an impressive bit of booty, but a lot of mainstream media seem so blinded by Apple's offerings that they tend not to show much interest in other competitors' products. Perhaps we'll see a turnaround in a couple of years time.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Microsoft Launches Zune, Apple Answers Back

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Off-Topic" @ 11:30 PM

http://news.digitaltrends.com/talkback155.html

"The Zune, Microsoft’s next combined hardware/software service has launched and is now available in an impressive 30,000 retail outlets, arguably the most aggressive attempt to take market share from Apple to date. Apple has responded by cutting deals with a number of airline carries to exclusively support iPods for in-flight entertainment. What makes this particularly interesting is that in both cases the two companies appear to be behaving more like the other firm than themselves."



Apple's latest press release hit my inbox yesterday faster than an SR-71 breaking the sound barrier. It was one that was properly timed in an attempt to steal the limelight from the Zune on its launch day. iPod integration in six major airlines? That's pretty impressive, though Rob Enderle at Digital Trends raises a good point about it ruffling a few anti-trust feathers. Can Apple, a dominant company in the media industry, lock out competing firms in critical markets such as this? Only time will tell. It all seems like a sweet deal now, but Apple had better prepare for the repercussions if they ever arise.


ClicZune: iPod vs. Zune

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 07:30 PM

http://www.cliczune.com/2006/11/ipod_vs_zune_10.html

"When it comes the time to choose between the two competing DAPs (Digital Audio Player), many questions can be raised. There is probably no bad decision, but making the right one for you all depends on what “you” want from an mp3 player and why you are buying one. We made a short list of tips to help you choose between the iPod vs. Zune. You could eventually apply those to other DAPs currently on the market. This is certainly not an exhaustive list but it can certainly help you. Have fun!"

ClicZune has published a helpful iPod vs. Zune purchasing guide for DAP newbies. If you're quite the opposite and know each device inside out, from top to bottom, then this guide probably isn't for you. Some of the questions, such as #5, for example, have been given the "basic solution" treatment. Bought a whole lot of iTunes Store tracks? No problem - it's not the end of the world. You can easily combat it by burning the tracks and ripping them into WMA or MP3, or by using a direct conversion tool. And the same holds for PlaysForSure tunes.


Monday, November 6, 2006

Sizing Up the Zune

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36918746@N00/sets/72157594362534970/



A Flickr user by the name of "fatherfork" managed to snap a few shots of the Zune (okay, it's a non-functional retail display unit, but it's not like it matters in this case) next to the 5G iPod, iPod nano, Zen Vision:M and Sansa e200 series. While it does appear a little on the large side, Engadget assures us that it's "deceptively small and still quite pocketable". Now that's what we like to hear!


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

News Flash From The Realm of The Blindingly Obvious: Zune No Threat to iPod in the Near Term

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 10:13 PM

http://www.rtoonline.com/Content/Article/Oct06/iPodToDominateZune102506.asp

"New research by JupiterResearch, a leading authority on Internet and emerging consumer technologies, forecasts that although growth rates for US sales of dedicated MP3 players will slow dramatically. However, according to the report, as the market moves beyond early adopters who purchase multiple devices and upgrade regularly, the user base will steadily increase from 37 million in 2006 to over 100 million in 2011. "Apple shows no signs of losing momentum, having conditioned customers to expect and adopt regular upgrades, as well as defined targeted use cases with optimized functionality," said Michael Gartenberg, Vice President & Research Director at JupiterResearch. "Despite the coming of Zune, the return of closed-loop digital music service-device combinations, and music phones on the horizon, the iPod should not lose significant market share in the next 12 to 18 months.""

As much as I like the folks at JupiterResearch (Michael Gartenberg is a gentlemen and a scholar), sometimes analysts say the silliest things - largely because it's their job to make grand predictions about the market, and sometimes (especially in the short term) their predictions come across as obvious. Even if you had the ultimate media player product - let's say something 10x better than the iPod in every way, with 100 hours of battery life and a telepathic interface - the iPod juggernaut has so much momentum that nothing is going to stop it short term. That's just the way it is - but the Zune is a long-term, platform play, so as long as the Microsoft team has the guts to stick it out and not expect anything more than single-digit market share over the next couple of years, the slow but steady growth will win a good chunk of the market in the end.


Zune Offers New Opportunity for iPod Accessory Makers

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Accessories" @ 09:19 AM

http://playlistmag.com/news/2006/10/20/zuneipod/index.php?lsrc=mwrss

"iPod killers have come and gone, but even Apple acknowledges that its popular multimedia player is going to face some stiff competition from Microsoft’s Zune this holiday season. And when the $249 device debuts next month, it figures to draw attention not just from consumers, but from companies that have enjoyed a booming business making accessories and add-ons for the iPod."

Accessories have always played a huge part in the digital media industry - even more so over the past few years following the success of the iPod. A number of accessory makers have leveraged the power and portability of the iPod and extended the music listening experience to the gym, cars, and even shoes. With the Zune set to be released next month, there's a new window of opportunity for said makers to expand even further. And we're already seeing that. A good handful of them have already partnered with Microsoft and promised to deliver third-party accessories, so the industry is about to get a whole lot more bigger.


Monday, October 16, 2006

Jobs on Zune's Sharing: Too Slow

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 06:52 AM

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15262121/site/newsweek/page/3/

"I've seen the demonstrations on the Internet about how you can find another person using a Zune and give them a song they can play three times. It takes forever. By the time you've gone through all that, the girl's got up and left! You're much better off to take one of your earbuds out and put it in her ear. Then you're connected with about two feet of headphone cable."

That's a quote from Newsweek's interview with Apple's head honcho, Steve Jobs. While the Zune's wireless sharing feature is a little crippled in its current form, I do think it has potential, yet Apple appears to not even embrace the concept. Could this say something about future iPods? Will they never incorporate any sort of sharing capabilities?


Sunday, October 1, 2006

Zune vs. iPod - In Pictures!

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 11:16 PM

http://www.jakeludington.com/zune/20061001_zune_and_ipod_photo_comparison.html

"I got face time with a Zune this weekend and decided to look at how the form factor compares to the 80GB iPod I picked up a few days ago. The Zune weighs considerably less than the iPod, although I didn't have a scale on hand to get exact comparison. It felt like the Zune was more comparable to my Cingular 2125 phone, while the iPod weighs quite a bit more."



Side-by-side with the iPod, the Zune does look larger in height and thickness. However, according to Jake Ludington, the Zune feels lighter, which is a real bonus. Jake's final pictures show the black Zune and the blue trim in all its glory (I'm really digging this colour scheme), with large album art and a neat UI (something I'm also digging). Check it out!


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