The thing with some ipod owners are that they tend to be soo pro-ipod that they become somewhat biased towards it. And then there’s some zune owners who’re so anti-ipod that they become sooo pro-zune, that THEY then become biased too!
Well here is an unbiased zune owner giving her opinion, because frankly, I didn’t want it in the first place. I didn’t want an ipod either – I was content with my little creative zen for the 5 days it stayed alive. But then sadly, the hard drive died, didn’t come back for 10 days, so I had to return it. There was no others in stock, so I just decided to replace it with the mp3 player sitting next to it on display… A zune.
So now that I’ve had the zune for a year, I got to say I do like it. It has its cons, but in general, it’s a really good player. I don’t know what the user’s brother above me did but my zune’s been in great condition sinse I got it – and I admit I’ve dropped it a few times ::knock on wood::
If you want a standard ipod vs. Zune comparison, I suggest you google it or go to zunescene.com, because this is just my personal opinion from personal experience with mine, and playing around with an zune 80.
First, all your itunes files will have to be converted. This will probably be a con for you as it takes time.
Another con is that the zune won’t sync with WMP, and the zune software isn’t exactly perfect right now (because they don’t want a WMP-clone, they’re developing the software from the ground up). It is simple, but there are bugs here and there. You can download it for free to see how you feel about it.
The 30 gb zunes are kind of thick, but they are really sturdy. If you prefer a thinner, sleeker one with a touch pad, the 80/8/4 gb are for you. I don’t have one, but I heard they’re pretty tough too
Music/video wise, the zune runs fine, probably equal to the ipod. I do like how the catagories scroll horizontally at the top of the screen and then the music/playlist/albums scroll vertically. If you have a zune 80 (or 4/8), the zunepad is kind of like a mouse scrolly-button – if you flick it it will scroll through the options fast and then start to slow down… Nice little feature to play with it.
Continuing with the music, even if you don’t/can’t send any music to your friends wirelessly, you can still wirelessly sync your stuff onto the device. Sometimes I’ll add things to the queue on my computer, then start the wireless sync while I get ready for class. The range is quite wide, so instead of sitting around waiting for it to finish, I can do what I have to do with my zune in my bad, leave the house and start my car and my zune will still be syncing! When it’s done, I just plug it to my fm car transmitter and go, without having to go back inside, run downstairs and get my zune.
Some people don’t use the radio often, but I do. Sometimes I just get sick of my music and just want to listen to something new, and having a radio around is a plus. Like with a car radio, the station can tell you the song title and artist so if I find a new song I like, I can write it down then and there, and look it up when I get home.
What else… Ipod has more accessories, obviously. They are also more easily accessible as they are available everywhere! I had to buy a lot of my zune stuff online…
Nifty features on the zune are that you can name it, and change out the wallpaper to whatever you please. If you like decorated protection skins, decalgirl.com has some lovely ones PLUS a matching background that continues the design… Here’s 2 examples:
I mention them often, but its because I’m a dork and like them alot The wallpaper is only available for the 80s, 8s, and 4s though. (I’m trying to convince them to add them to the 30s tho!)
You can also get a custom backing to your zune if you order it from the zune website to add even more personality.
Other than that… What I like best about the zune is that I don’t *have* to buy a new zune just to get the newest features – the firmware is just updated to give my 30 the new stuff. As I’m just a broke college student with no job, that is just so much more easier.
A major con for me is the lack of clock on the zune. I do have a watch and phone, but there was a time when my phone was decommissioned and my watch was dead, and it was horrible T_T (well, it forced me to be early where ever I went so that’s a sort of pro…)
So yeah… Would I trade my little icy zune for an ipod or creative zen now? Negative… But you’re the final judge.