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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

4 Out of 6 Prefer the Sound of the Zune Over the iPod

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Hardware" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.cliczune.com/2007/05/audio_quality_r.html

"Which one is better? The Zune or the iPod? Difficult to say but CNET-Crave found a way to avoid fan bias. They did a simple "Coke-Pepsi challenge" with people in the street. Participants had to listen to each player and tell them which one sounds the best. Of course, just like the old "Coke-Pepsi challenge", they didn’t know what player they were listening to. Results of the test: iPod: 2 and Zune: 4. So, based on a very small number of people, the Zune has a much better sound quality."

Much as I love the Zune (and dislike all things Apple), I think it would have a little more fair to ask a few more people. Like maybe 10? In any case, I'm glad to see the Zune hold its own in a 'blind' listening test. So, do you concur? Do you find the Zune to have superior sound quality to the iPod? I know the sound quality of the Zune is very good, but I've never owned an iPod to compare it to...


Monday, January 22, 2007

Zunerama Replicates Jason's Song Sharing Test

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

http://www.zunerama.com/articles_011.php#070119_zune_story

"This week, Jason from ZuneThoughts noted some underwhelming wireless sharing results among Zune owners at CES, and from his own spot-checking. Zune's wireless sharing is described by Microsoft with a footnote - indicating that "the Zune to Zune sharing feature may not be available for all audio files on your device". Curious about this, I conducted a test of my own. I pulled down the top 50 songs downloaded from Zune Marketplace, using my Zune Pass subscription. I then created a playlist of those 50 songs, and attempted to wirelessly send the whole playlist to my wife's Zune. When the transfer completed, a message appeared on my player: "Can't send some songs because of rights restrictions. 29 of 50 songs sent to Carrie's Zune"."

Well, even though everyone's acting as though Zunerama thought up the test, at least he gives Jason credit for having performed the initial test. And his results, that 58% of Zune Marketplace songs can't be shared, pretty much jive with Jason's 62% result. So there you have it. Personally I think that if the number were in the 30% failure range, Microsoft's 'mum' strategy might be fine, but when most (over 50%) of the songs can't be shared, it's time to clue us in and let us know which songs are share-able and which aren't.

Tags: test, sharing, 58%, 62%

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