New Zune details, iPod killer it's not

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by GFLPraxis, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004

    Same price as an iPod at the same capacity, but it's made entirely of plastic. Interface is an iPod ripoff with inverted colors, but with clunky buttons shaped to look like a scroll wheel. Heirarchy with folders sounds more complicated than the iPods'. It has WiFi and the ability to loan songs to others for a day, but since most have iPods and not other Zunes, this will likely rarely be used and the WiFi is only there to drain the battery. FM Tuner is good though.

    But it has wallpapers!

    This isn't going to kill the iPod. It probably won't even injure the Creative Zen line (which is cheaper at the same capacity).

    EDIT: Oh yeah, I really didn't know where to put this as I didn't really think it falls in the iPod category, but it is marketted as an iPod killer and there have been front page news stories about it. Mods, please move this post wherever it should be, and feel free to edit as you will.
  2. spicyapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    I wouldn't be caught carrying that thing around. It's too geeky for my tastes.
  3. jholzner macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2002
    Champaign, IL
    The thing is ugly, that's for sure. It probably won't have anything better than the current iPod, which will most likely be replaced by the time Zune comes out. The problem with iPod competitors is that they can only copy what Apple currently has out so they will always be a generations behinds Apple's new 'wares.
  4. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Will it be released 'Zune'? :eek:

    I can't see this being a great product. Firstly, Windows Media Player is a very cluttered program. The music store is hard to use (I gave up after 10 minutes), and it won't be plug and play like the iPod. You will still need to 'Sync' it and choose quality settings and blahdy blahdy blah. The iPod is so easy to set up and use. My sister managed to do it!
  5. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    Pretty sure, yes.
  6. GFLPraxis thread starter macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Not to mention that it probably won't be Mac compatible. Of course, that only matters to us Macheads that would buy iPods anyway, but still.
  7. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    99% chance it won't be Mac compatible out of the box, but I'm confident someone will come up with a hack (I will probably buy one to play with :p)
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    The WiFi viral sort of features would be very cool (agreeing with the "eh" above) if the Zune had the market base of the iPod. The problem right now is saturation, to me. Even if Apple implemented that feature, then the problem is it's still "late" in the game, and so such a huge fraction of people you know who have iPods will have iPods that don't have WiFi. It works best when it starts out that way (like the Nintendo DS). Of course, MS could eventually capture enough market share (since they *are* starting out that way) that they could pull it off but.... well... yeah.
  9. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005
    Entirely made out of plastic? OK! That sealed the deal for me, Im definitely never gonna bother with the player then
  10. treblah macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2003
    I'm kinda disappointed. Not that I'd ever buy one but I really wish someone would challenge Apple to make the iPod better. They could sit on their asses for a year and still dominate the US market.

    Here's to touch screen iPods by Thanksgiving. ;)
  11. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    My money says Apple hasn't been "sitting on their asses for a year," I say that iPod development has been slow because Apple has been thinking big for future iPod updates.
  12. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    How long before we see the first virus that spreads from Zune to Zune?
  13. plinkoman macrumors 65816


    Jul 2, 2003
    New York
    here's a hack, run windows on your mac :cool:

    I think i'll keep my iPod thank you.

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