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Monday, October 15, 2007

The Zune by a Hair?

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune Talk" @ 08:54 AM

In an exchange that has reached comedic proportions, Microsoft, Sandisk, and Dave Berlind of ZDNet have been issuing challenge after challenge to each other in the past week. It all started off with a rather innocuous chest thumping statement from Microsoft's Robbie Bach stating that after the holiday season, the digital music player race would be about two companies. Microsoft and Apple. So a couple weeks ago, in a friendly challenge, Dave Berlind offered Microsoft a challenge. He'd shave his head if Microsoft was numero dos in the market after the holidays. Of course if Microsoft didn't make this goal, Berlind expected Robbie Bach to do the same.

Sandisk, the current #2, wasn't about to let this potential challenge from Microsoft to its supremacy go either. Carm Lyman, Sandisk spokesperson, has thrown down the gauntlet as well. Microsoft has until October 31st to accept HER challenge. The challenge is of course the same as Berlind's. It goes without saying that Carm has far more to lose here than Dave.

If the story ended here, it would be a merely amusing footnote. But wait, in the immortal words of Steve Ballmer, there's more! Would Microsoft step up to the plate and good humor flying around? Well, in a way. And, without even losing a bet, Microsoft lost the betting war. Robbie Bach has remained silent but Microsoft’s head of business development for Zune, Bill Wittress, has offered to accept. There's only one problem. Bill Wittress already shaves his head! So what was his deal? If he lost, he'd grow his hair out for 6 weeks. Sorry Microsoft, try again!

Tags: zune, sandisk, humor

Monday, April 23, 2007

The Competition: SanDisk's Sansa Connect

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 08:30 PM

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/04/19/technology/ptpogue19.php

"The stubby little antenna, of course, is the secret sauce. It makes the Connect the most exciting advance in music players, at least in concept, since the iPod Nano. Now, this Sansa is not the first wireless music player. Microsoft's Zune, for one, preceded it. But the Zune's Wi-Fi is wasted. It can't sync with a computer wirelessly or download music wirelessly. All it can do is beam a song to another Zune owner, if there is such a thing. The song self-destructs after three days or three plays. When you are in a Wi-Fi hot spot with the Sansa, though, you can tune into any of 200 Internet radio stations. And if you have signed up for Yahoo's music-rental plan ($144 a year, or $15 a month), you can download all the music you like, straight to the player. No computer necessary. That's a delicious twist indeed. Surely this is the future of music players: instant access to any song, any album, whenever and wherever you are in the mood."

David Pogue reviewed the SanDisk Sansa Connect, and on the whole it seems like a fairly capable device with regard to how the wireless works - so the question is, how did Sandisk end up with such vastly enhanced wireless access compared to the Zune? Was it because they had the buffer of Yahoo Music in between them and the music companies, allowing SanDisk to only focus on the technology aspect of wireless, and not care about the DRM issues? Or was it Microsoft's rushed schedule with the Zune that resulted in the crippled wireless functionality we have now - meaning that the Sansa Connect was in development longer than the Zune and had more time to bake? No matter what the reason is, it seems that the Zune's main differentiating feature - the wireless sharing - is no longer special (if it ever was). Will the Zune ever be as functional as the Sansa Connect? I sure hope so, though I have my doubts if SanDisk maintains their edge.


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Sandisk's Sansa Connect: What the Zune Should Have Been?

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Talk" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.tipsdr.com/?p=871

"The Yahoo Music Blog announced the release of the Sandisk Sansa Connect, the Wifi enabled MP3 player that will free you from your USB cables, at least until you need to charge it. You can listen to personalized radio, share music over Yahoo Messenger, view photos from Flickr and download music. They are offering unlimited downloads from Yahoo Music Unlimited for only $12 dollars a month, but I see no mention if they are cutting a similar deal of DRM less MP3’s from EMI... I’m not buying any more MP3 players, with three different iPods, a Zune and various generic MP3 players, I don’t think that me or my kids needs another, but if someone wants to send me one for review, I’d sure like to try one out. Maybe someone should send one to Microsoft so they can see what their wireless should look like."

Well, Sansa's done it again, beating the competition at their own game. The way they've implemented their Wi-Fi is so superior to Microsoft's they shouldn't even be considered the same type of thing. The Sansa Connect's Wi-Fi is something I might actually use, whereas I've never once turned on the Wi-Fi receiver in my Zune. So what do you think? Is this the Wi-Fi implementation you were hoping for in the Zune, or another example of close but no cigar?


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