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Engadget says Zune is here. Good, iPod has some competition. It has features up the wazoo (sp?) It has wireless connectivity, a 30 gig drive, FM Radio, three inch screen, plus all the usual trimmings. John Biggs says it is going to do social networking as […]

Engadget says Zune is here. Good, iPod has some competition. It has features up the wazoo (sp?) It has wireless connectivity, a 30 gig drive, FM Radio, three inch screen, plus all the usual trimmings. John Biggs says it is going to do social networking as well.

(Like MusicGremlin perhaps?) Wifi and its impact on battery life of digital devices is well known, but will the social network component make up for that? Is Zune giving you a sense of feature creep, or do you think in this case more is more?

  1. I get the sense that this won’t be enough much like Xbox wasn’t enough. But I do think they probably have the right platform approach to make this work down the line just like Xbox 360 is a vast improvement.

    The crazy thing is that brown one. My first thought was they are idiots. But every blogger who got their hands on one said the brown one is hot.

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  2. If the music swap works as described, this is a true innovation for MS and we’ll start to see real competition and an innovators’ horse race. I doubt Apple will acknowledge Zune for the next 12 months or more until significant sales numbers come out that we can make projections with. In meantime, Creative ought to drop their suit against Apple and close ranks with MS who should pay Creative a “licensing fee” the way Intel throws around marketing dollars to hobble the competition.

    Disclosure of Digita Music Devices:
    Home: Sonos w/ 3 zones + Rhapsody
    Work/Travel: Treo – 2gb sd card
    Gym: Creative NuVo

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  3. Om,

    After reading this article, I certainly feel that it has too many features and its a turnoff. Regardless I’m sticking with my iPod.

    Rushi

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  4. Windows-only is a non-starter. Sorry folks, but the 2% Mac share number is highly mis-leading in this industry.

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  5. soooo what about Tim Bucher’s Zing ? is it already squeezed between xPods and Zunes?

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    1. Isn’t listening to music a personal thing? This sounds as intrusive as bluetooth based ads – something that majority of users don’t need or want. After all, who has a better sense of the pulse of the mobile music users need? Apple or Microsoft?

    2. There are already third-party companies that are building recommendation and music discovery solutions around iTMS (iLike and Garangeband.com come to mind). Is wifi music sharing for “discovery” purposes that big a deal?

    3. There may be a market for this among pre-teens who’s music tastes are fully developed. Hard to tell since I am not a pre-teen and not zuned in to that market.

    Conclusion: I am afraid that the sharing feature will be a much bigger turn-off than on. BTW, I like the brown Zune.

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  6. If you could share mp3’s wirelessly between devices, they will sell out, repeatedly. I doubt Microsoft will have that in the device, however. I like the brown Zune too.

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  7. bricktop
    “Creative ought to drop their suit against Apple and close ranks with MS who should pay Creative a “licensing fee” the way Intel throws around marketing dollars to hobble the competition.”
    apple settled with creative and a part of that settlement was that if creative won against anybody esle apple wud habve to pay less.

    I think apple will make creative sue msft… funny isnt it

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  8. I think the wireless connectivity has potential, as long as there is an option to turn it off when not required. Is that an option?

    Another important aspect is which media player it synchronizes with because some are more user-friendly than others. Also, people are so used to iTunes now that it will be take very effective marketing and branding to get existing users to switch.

    Overall, I think it has promise. We’ll just have to wait and see until the first sales numbers get released.

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  9. “The crazy thing is that brown one. My first thought was they are idiots. But every blogger who got their hands on one said the brown one is hot.”

    I’d say it was great if they sent me a free one, too. :D

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