Zunes rock, at least as music players. I'm not into low-capacity flash-based ones so much, but my Zune 80 has been dropped plenty of times and keeps on going. Bought it refurb'd from Woot to replace an awful Creative player.
My sister has had a Zune 30 for a few years now, and has not managed to destroy it. Knowing my sister, that makes the Zune's durability almost legendary in my book.
Zune software is kinda crappy in my opinion, but I don't need to deal with it often. It may be a problem for someone who's constantly swapping music out of their small player.
nicktherat wrote:id only want a touch screen or more storage, not small storage and no touch. no sale for me!
What is the point of a touch screen exactly, aside from showing off? regular solid-state touch controls are far more efficient to use. Heck, even mechanical controls can be better than touchscreens when designed right.
You don't want this device because you probably want a different product (something that runs apps, I'm guessing). Your post is sort of like saying that you won't buy the banana because you want an apple.
izcenine wrote:$17.5 a Gig for this zune
$300 iPod touch is $9.38 a gig (32 gig)
seems m$ strikes again
Your point? Not everyone has $300 on hand to spend on a toy that's likely to break in a week.
Price per GB makes sense when comparing hard drives... music players, not so much. There's a lot more involved in the cost than just the flash chip that's soldered in there.
Walruski wrote:I was one of the unfortunate 1% who bought into the Zune HD. I actually believed Microsponge would support their own product. But a year later with still no app store to speak of and the new Ipod being released I have finally given up hope and ordered the new Ipod. Make no mistake the hardware is fine and in some ways superior but the lack of available apps, the quirky marketplace, and the inability to share my library on my x-box 360 even thought it is supposed to are just too frustrating to deal with.
I can't say I'm that surprised. Zune HD was really late to market, and I don't think any store ever would have gained enough traction to become popular. Zune HD emerged as the concept was growing obsolete, anyway- even the iPod touch is fast becoming a niche device (for kids and people who can't buy mobile data plans) as all of that functionality moves to smartphones. Modern smartphones can do pretty much everything that the "mobile computing platforms" (or whatever they call them now) can do, and just as well.
The rest of the Zune family is great, though. The players are good for what they are- straight-up media players. Unlike novelties like Zune HD and iPod touch, "regular" mp3 players will stay around because they generally are better for the actual music than phones are- either by capacity, or by durability/portability/battery life.
ONE OF THESE DAYS, I'M GOING TO CUT YOU INTO LITTLE PIECES.