New models of Zune - iPod killers for sure

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Toe, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Toe macrumors 65816


    Mar 25, 2002
    I was just reading this story on the new Zunes, and the call-out quote just sums it up so perfectly:

    'We're trying to make this thing more alive.'
    — Adam Sohn, Microsoft

    And why is it that every time Apple is about to come out with new iPods, Microsoft updates the Zune to be more like the current generation? Are they really that blind? Maybe the Zune is just a deliberate write-off for them or something...
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Software for OS X please...

    Not that I can't do it on my Windows tower but really.

    Come on, come on!
  3. 215512 Guest

    Aug 11, 2008

    And we care about Zunes, why?

  4. BoyBach macrumors 68040


    Feb 24, 2006

    Because competition is good. (Allegedly)
  5. Toe thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 25, 2002
    'cause before you know it, Microsoft is going to make it "more alive." :rolleyes:

    It's already obviously better because all three people who have them can share music with each other from Zune to Zune. And now they have models at 120 GB and they are even coming out with an App Sto-- I mean "Marketplace."
  6. calculus Guest


    Dec 12, 2005
    I entered a competition once, I didn't win...
  7. 215512 Guest

    Aug 11, 2008

    I personally find that creepy. What if someone hacks into your Zune and steals your music or plants a bug. While, you may think I'm crazy because I am an iPod Touch user which could have the same issue, we both know Apple is WAY MORE SECURE than Microsoft is or EVER WILL BE!
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    This isn't one of those things where they introduce a whole new line of music players, with a really trendy name, start doing market testing, and then jump out from the bushes and yell, "Fooled you!!! That's a Zune in your hands!!!" is it?

    Cuz, you know, that would be very 1980's Folgers.... :eek:
  9. 215512 Guest

    Aug 11, 2008

    Hey, Thanks A lot. Now I have that stupid Folgers Coffee jingle stuck in my head!


  10. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Well, that sounds enthusiastic. That's more what I would expect a vet to say about a dead cat.
  11. vandlism macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2007
    As with any product, if you don't like it, you don't have to buy it. However these new Zunes have a few new features that I bet any iPod owner would like to have.

    • wireless syncing
    • personalized radio stations
    • media sharing
    • music downloads

    iPod touch and iPhone users have the iTunes store, but don't other iPod users want this feature? How about a personalized radio station that plays music based on what you like? Quite comparable to and Pandora. To end it all, wireless syncing can make quick updates so much easier.
  12. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C

    Some features which some might want...personally, I'm not really feeling them. Cool, but nothing huge. Also lets see what Apple comes out with tomorrow for a better comparing of the two brands.

    Glad MS is trying!
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I want the FM tuner to listen to NPR live.

    *hangs head in shame*
  14. Toe thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 25, 2002
    On that point, I will have to say... the shame should not be yours, but rather Apple's. How difficult is it to put an FM crystal in an iPod?

    FWIW, you can get a tiny, portable FM radio for like $5. While that's a nice workaround to the iPod not having one, it just points out how stupid (or is it just greedy?) Apple is being by not including it.
  15. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    But entering a 3 legged horse into this horse race could be considered a little pathetic.

    Unless the race if for the most expensive horse meat at the Mexican slaughterhouse next week.
  16. thomahawk macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    Osaka, Japan
    you know i enjoy zunes they have big screens and big harddrives. and prices that are a much less than ipod videos.

    problem is that they have no OS X Software!! :(
    at least give us that microsoft!!!
  17. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Yeah, it all sounds cool and fun sharing musics and everything until someone decided to use that media to transfer viruses. :rolleyes:
  18. ttech10 macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2008
    I'd like wireless syncing, but music downloads are what the iTunes Store is for... isn't it?
  19. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Maybe they could call the device an "iPod Mojave" in tests. Then yell "just kidding! It's a Microsoft Zune!" Epic fail.
  20. thomahawk macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    Osaka, Japan
    lmao thatd be interesting, a good idea, microsoft should watch out for that.
    acutally there are ways to embed viruses in mp3's so i dont know now...
  21. Moriarty macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2008
    Tell me this: Do Zunes work with iTunes? Can you just drag and drop everything over from iTunes onto a Zune and it's all automatically organised like it is on the iPod? Is the Zune Mac compatible? Does it work with iTunes Store purchased items?

    Nope.... AFAIK it's tied to Windows and Windows Media Player.

    Plus, Microsoft haven't even released the Zune in New Zealand, so there's no iPod killing going on here :p. A 16GB Nano is next on my shopping list, unless they somehow make the iPod Classic more tempting (the capacity is nice, but the price isn't, and it's bigger, heavier, slower, and more fragile).

    The iPod lives, and the Zune either dies or survives in it's little minority niche. The iPod is too big to kill.
  22. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    A "more alive" Zune? What's that mean: in addition to squirt, it will also squirm?
  23. gusapple macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2007
    The alphabetically sixth to last state.
    I think Microsoft likes to have one day where they can be happy before their new music player is used as toilet paper in Redmond.
  24. Beric macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2008
    Bay Area
    That's my position exactly.
  25. MowingDevil macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2008
    Vancouver, BC & Sydney, NSW
    Simple, Apple knows FM radio is lame & a dying platform

    FM radio=floppy discs

    Why bother. People get iPods BECAUSE they're sick of FM radio.
    Radio plays the same 5 songs over & over, loaded w/ commercials & useless DJ babble. Its over for radio.

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