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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Sizing It Up: iPod nano (2G) vs. iPod nano (3G) vs. Zune (4GB/8GB)

Posted by Darius Wey in "Smartphone Talk" @ 01:08 AM

http://www.sizeasy.com/page/size_comparison/5890-iPod-nano-Second-Generation-vs-iPod-nano-Third-Generation-vs-Zune-4GB-8GB



As promised, here's the size comparison of the flash-based second- and third-generation iPod nano and the 4GB/8GB Zune. Enjoy!


Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Can a New Zune Survive in the Wild?

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Talk" @ 04:00 PM

http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20070427/tc_pcworld/131337;_ylt=AuSi2.0FScWEzp9jE.hezjEjtBAF

"More types of Microsoft Corp. Zune music players are in the works, but some analysts are unsure whether new form factors or functions will significantly boost Zune's popularity. Microsoft sees three main categories in the sector, and all of them are important as the company develops new Zunes, said Chris Stephenson, general manager of global marketing for Zune. The three categories include higher-end video players, mid-range music-centric devices such as the iPod Nano and low-end USB devices such as the iPod Shuffle, he said. "We think of [the Zune] as a broad entertainment offer that is driven by music at the moment," he said. "We will start to play more aggressively in a broader number of categories." The current Zune is just the "tip of the iceberg," he said. In the next month or so, Microsoft plans to reveal more about its vision for the future of Zune, he said."

Do we need more Zune options? Yes. Should they be clones of the Shuffle, Nano and Video iPods? Not necessarily. There's no doubt that a $99 Zune 'shuffle' would sell well, but I really think the people who buy Shuffles are looking to buy the cheapest unit that carries the name iPod. I'll admit the Nano is just about the perfect audio-centric MP3 player and there really should be a Zune equivalent. The current Zune could be considered the contemporary of the iPod Video, though that's arguable. So yeah, I think additional Zune models would be beneficial, though I have my doubts about a Zune phone. Please just don't orphan my current Zune.

Tags: video, nano, shuffle, new, model

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Should Microsoft Started Smaller?

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 10:30 PM

http://daringfireball.net/2006/11/did_microsoft_copy_the_wrong_ipod

"Looking both at these Amazon rankings and the iPods I see people using out on the street on a daily basis, I can’t help but think that Microsoft copied the wrong iPod. The Nano is the sweet spot for Apple, and it’s the Nano-ish players from competitors that are registering in the sales charts."

This article from Daring Fireball brings up a good point. The top of Amazon's Bestsellers list for MP3 Players is dominated by the smaller flash based players such as the Nano and Sansa with a scattering of larger hard-drive based units. Considering Microsoft's decision to enter the market with only one model, was the 30GB level the right choice? Would Microsoft have been better served by first introducing a Nano competitor? Do you think the first model introduced was a conscience decision on the part of the Zune team, or was it a matter of facilitating the launch by reusing the basic design of the Gigabeat?

Tags: nano, flash

Monday, November 6, 2006

Sizing Up the Zune

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


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