Zune vs iPod - Which media player will you buy

Released on = November 9, 2006, 5:44 pm

Press Release Author = dvdtozune.com

Industry = Media

Press Release Summary = Zune vs iPod comparison - Microsoft Zune is iPod killer?
Let\'s compare Zune and iPod from photos, technical specifications and key features,
including price, video, audio playback, wireless, wifi, fm radio, etc.

Press Release Body = Apple's ipod has been long dominating the digital media player
market. And why not; ipod has been far superior in performance and features when
compared to its rivals. But Microsoft is set to change this by coming out with their
own media player named zune, which will debut to the world on November 14, 2006. The
product will be available for exactly the same price $249 as the 30GB ipod.

Here I'll list a few key differences between zune and ipod. Below are the list of
features supported by zune and not Ipod.

1. Preloaded Audio and video
2. Built in FM tuner
3. Zune to Zune sharing by Wi-Fi wireless (social networking)
4. Custom background
5. Landscape video

With all the exciting and promising features, Microsoft will definitely take a big
chunk of media player market form apple, but how much only time will tell.

But the real question is which device is right for YOU? Let's look at the specs of
the system, the features and services we know about. We're going to be comparing the
30GB iPod to the 30GB Zune, since they are closest in price, storage, and battery

OS Support - Winner: iPod
Zune only supports Windows. iPod, on the other hand, supports both Windows and Mac.

WiFi Connectivity - Winner: Zune
The current iPod features no Wi-fi connectivity whatsoever, Zune, however, is
802.11g Wifi enabled, and features a slew of sharing and broadcasting features.

Content - Winner: N/A
Right now the iPod, through iTunes, has thousands of songs, hundreds of TV shows,
dozens of movies, and a handful of games to download for the device. As of this
writing we still don't know what all the Zune Marketplace will hold for Zune owners.
But as we know, iPod has some preloaded music and videos.

Storage - Winner: iPod
iPod has 30GB, 60GB, 80GB, while at present Zune has only 30GB product.

Screen - Winner: Zune
iPod features a 2.5 inch diagonal screen, while the Zune has a slightly larger 3.0
inch diagonal screen.

FM Radio Capability - Winner: Zune
Zune comes with a built-in FM tuner. If you want to listen to radio on your iPod,
you have to buy an accessory.

Music purchasing - Winner: Zune
With iTunes, if you want to buy music, it will cost you .99 cents per song, or you
can purchase by the album. But with Zune Marketplace, You could subscribe to the
marketplace for $14.99 a month with unlimited downloads for that month. You can also
go for individual downloads. Purchase up to 50 songs (4000 Microsoft Points) with
$50. Once you purchase Points, you can browse and purchase songs or albums through
the Zune Marketplace for 79 Microsoft Points per track (roughly 99 cents). Microsoft
Points, the coin for the Zune Marketplace realm, is a universal system that works
across borders, including Xbox Live Marketplace and other Microsoft properties.

Does that mean the Zune is your best buy this holiday season?

That depends. If the Zune wireless music sharing is appealing to you, and you're a
Windows user, then Zune is probably your best choice. If you're not interested in
the Wifi and FM tuner, you will definetly want to look at the iPod.

More iPod and Zune comparison information: http://www.dvdtozune.com/zune-vs-ipod.html

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