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Thursday, December 7, 2006

Zune a Better Fit for Some

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 11:00 PM

http://blogs.zdnet.com/mobile-gadgeteer/?p=238

"I have been checking out the Zune and the iPod with video in direct comparison and have to say I prefer the Zune for my usage. Keep in mind a few things that help make the Zune more attractive for me that may not be applicable to others."

ZDNet's Matthew Miller has been using a Zune for the past three weeks. What has he learned in those three weeks? Zune may not have lived up to all the pre-release hype, but you know what, it's not a bad device at all. And for some people, including Miller, the Zune is a better fit than the iPod. Some of Miller's reasoning’s for giving the nod to Zune include the larger screen for more enjoyable video viewing and the subscription service to supplement his meager music collection. Check out his article for more thoughts on his Zune experience. Personally, owning both a video iPod and Zune, the Zune is a better device for me and my uses. I still have need of a smaller, flash based device, so my Nano will still compliment my Zune for now. The only feature currently missing for me is built-in podcast support. How about you? Does the Zune meet your portable media player needs, or are some improvements needed before you take the plunge?


Monday, November 20, 2006

ZDNET: Is the Press Being Too Harsh on the Microsoft Zune?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 05:09 PM

http://blogs.zdnet.com/mobile-gadgeteer/?p=226

"I think this is a decent first effort by Microsoft and am sure that software updates will improve the functionality of the device and Zune software, but there are a few things they could have done at launch to greatly improve the buzz around the device. For starters, they should have sent multiple units to reviewers and then offered two or four packs at Costco and other retail locations so people could actually try out the WiFi radio and pick up a couple Zunes for the family with maybe even a slight bulk discount. Every review and analysis I have read states that the writer wishes they could have tried the Zune-to-Zune sharing, but couldn't find any other Zune users in the area. Microsoft limited the WiFi functionality at this time, but should have at least made sure analysts and enthusiasts could have tested out the experience. I also wish the Zune desktop software would have been launched with at least podcast support integrated right into the software rather than having to rely on iTunes or other 3rd party software to capture podcasts. I am sure a video store will be launched in the next few months, but really wish that would have been available out of the box."



My fellow Mobian Matt "Palmsolo" Miller has published a blog entry covering his experience using the Zune, and overall it's a positive one. Matt has a few things he wishes Microsoft would have done (podcasting support, better WiFi functionality), but overall he's fairly pleased with his purchase. He points out that the media has largely been exceedingly harsh on the Zune, and nails the issue on the head: somehow the hype around the Zune got to such a fever pitch, that expectations for a genuine "iPod Killer" were high. And as we've learned many times with technology, reality rarely meets expectations. Was the Zune a perfect execution by Microsoft? No. Was it a flop? Hardly - it's a first generation product with lots of room to grow, just like the first Xbox, the first Portable Media Center, and even, dare I say it, the first iPod - which was not a smash hit if anyone remembers their history.


Bill Gates on Zune and Office

Posted by Darius Wey in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 05:30 AM

http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39284766,00.htm

"Bill Gates knows that when it comes to the Zune, Microsoft has some catching up to do. The success of the iPod has been described as "phenomenal, unbelievable, fantastic". And that was just Gates talking about it on Wednesday. But despite catching up, Gates thinks that Microsoft can win some pocket share for its own media player, over time. While today's music players are largely islands, the Microsoft chairman paints a picture of a future in which all manner of devices - from cars to music players to digital cameras - all share data."



ZDNet has posted the first part of a two-part interview with Bill Gates, who talks about Zune and where it fits in Microsoft's vision of connected entertainment, and what's new in Office 2007. Worth a read!


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?


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