Microsoft Corp. has vowed to put considerable money and effort behind its bid to dethrone Apple Computer Inc.'s market-leading iPod, but it won't be using price as a weapon.
Chundles said:A whole 99c more than the iPod - sorry MS, no dice.
Danksi said:... wow, that makes a nice change.
"It also will feature a 3-inch screen and a built-in FM tuner, and will come loaded with about 25 songs and other content." - probably worth the extra 99 bob, eh?
What's the DRM on this thing again? If it can play all the formats, allow files to be added/removed without the need of external software (i.e. MTP), along with an additional battery option, I may well be interested.
It was rumored to be $300 (299).Chundles said:
jholzner said:Well, the Zune cannot dethrone the iPod since the most popular iPod model is the Nano and microsoft does not have a player at the price point. They are going after Apple's high end player when the volume of sales goes to the "lower" end models. How many people who were looking to buy a shuffle/Nano will instead get a Zune? I doubt very many.
Apple shoud have kept their prices on their video iPods the same and then, once Microsoft announced their pricing and started shipping model, lower it to where they are now. Instead, they gave them the time to update their pricing. Oh well, I guess it's good for people who have bought since they were announced.
I think the larger screen could get some people to buy a Zune instead of an iPod. I know they are the same res. but most people don't know what that even means. They see bigger and go for it.
I really think it going to come down to how well MS can market this thing.
Danksi said:What's the DRM on this thing again? If it can play all the formats, allow files to be added/removed without the need of external software (i.e. MTP), along with an additional battery option, I may well be interested.