Friday, January 19, 2007

iPod VS. Zune

Although this market has many mp3 players, vary from size and design, but Apple's iPod successfully to dominate the mp3 player's market. This is a miracle, when people mention about mp3 player, its iPod. From the very first version to now, iPod Nano Gen 2, the design still very attractive. Imagine holding a Nano in hand, wow! So excited!

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Microsoft Zune
Microsoft not willing to sit aside and let Apple to play in that game, so he came out with Zune. For now, Zune just available in US, and will arrive to every corner on earth soon. Now, if there is iPod and Zune, which one you will buy?

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Comparison
This is the detail comparison of these 2 players:

Category
Zune
iPod 30GB
Price
$249
$249
Storage
30 GB
30 GB
Wi-Fi
YES
none
File Sharing
YES
none
Landscape Mode
YES
none
Portrait Mode
YES
YES
FM Tuner
YES
none
Preloaded Audio
YES
none
Preloaded Video
YES
none
Battery Life
14 hrs
14 hrs
Preloaded Virus
none
RavMonE.exe
Custom Background
YES
none
Gapless Playback
YES
YES
Manufacturer
Japanese
Chinese
Screen Size
3"
2.5"
USB
2.0
2.0
Colors
White, Black, Brown
White, Black
Scroll Wheel
none
YES
Tactile Control
YES
none
Online Service
Zune Marketplace
iTunes
Unlimited Downlaods
$14.99/month
none
Podcast Playback
YES
YES
Battery
Li-Ion
Li-Ion
XBOX Marketplace Integration
YES
none
Unique Online Tag
Zunetag
none
3rd Party Accessories
YES
Social Networking
YES
none
Weight
5.6 ounces
4.8 ounces
Width
2.4"
2.4"
Height
4.4"
4.1"
Depth
0.58"
0.43"
Official Insider News Blog(s)
YES
none
User Forum
iLounge
Compatibility
PC
Mac, PC
Replaceable Batteries
NO
NO
Semi-Transparent Case
YES
none
Special Edition
Union
U2
Vendor
Microsoft
Apple
Other "Brand Family" Products
none
Nano, Shuffle
Headphones
earbud
earbud

File Compatibility
Format
Zune
iPod
MP3
YES
YES
iTunes (Protected)
NO
YES
Zune Marketplace (Protected)
YES
NO
Plays For Sure (Protected)
NO
NO
AAC
YES
YES
WMA
YES
NO
AIFF
NO
YES
WAV (uncompressed)
NO
YES
.aa (Audible)
NO
YES
JPEG (Photos)
YES
YES
BMP (Photos)
NO
YES
WMV (Video)
YES
NO
MPEG-4 (Video)
YES
YES
H.264 (Video)
YES
YES

 
 
Which one I like?
This is a tough question for me. From the value per performance, I choose Zune, as Zune's function is more complete if compare to iPod Video, especially the communication part, Zune support Wi-Fi, file sharing, and FM tuner.
But from the design, I prefer iPod, with its sleek and shining design, and a well know name--- iPod!! Who don't know iPod?! Or, who know Zune? But this is just about the time. Will Zune kill iPod? I don't think so... let see.

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4 comments:

wong said...

I don't know why, when people talks about Apple, they just want to have one without any reason. Apple did a great marketing and branding though... While for Zune, due to the "death screen of blue" making them a little behide honestly...

vhanded said...

Yes, that's true. I just attracted by it like a magnet, looking at it outside the windows for so long time. Microsoft came late to the mp3 party, and may block by the guard to enter the ballroom.

moz monster said...

Read carefully about the zune file sharing function first ... it sounds great, but you're only limited to playing the song 3 times before it deletes itself - unless you buy it, of course. Microsft calls it copyright protection.

vhanded said...

Really? Ok, thanks for your tips. That function may hold the copyright for a while, until home, we just BT for a song... but some people figure out some way to prevent the 3-time-play, look Here

 
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