Zune vs. iPod

Sacred&Profane

Well-Known Member
My old iPod (which I've had a TON of trouble with) has finally pooped out on itself, and so I'll soon be looking for a new media player. As like every other one of this sort of thread, I ask you all the same question:

Which device is more worth my $250? The 30 gb models look no different in terms of capacity or battery life, and the Zune's screen is sweet. Then again, I hear the Zune is a pain in the butt to upload songs to.

Your thoughts?
 

Ice

Teh Sexy Monkey Queen
I've heard nothing but bad things from Zune. Personally, I'd go with the iPod. I'm gonna be getting one myself soon.
 

Gideon Stargrave

Well-Known Member
Hate the iPod. I seriously, really hate it. That said, all the bad press the Zune gets is completely unwarranted; it's a great player. I love mine. After my iPod crapped out on me, I went with the Zune, and I have one complaint; No one else has one. That's a pretty big problem, because a lot of the Zune's appeal comes from the ability to share music with each other...which I can't do because I'm the only guy in the universe who has one.
 

ProjectX2

Don't expect me to take you with me when I go to s
That's a pretty big problem, because a lot of the Zune's appeal comes from the ability to share music with each other...which I can't do because I'm the only guy in the universe who has one.

Huh. I thought it was because you had no friends.
 

Friday

Well-Known Member
I've got a Zen from Creative Labs and I love it. I've had a few minor problems, mainly stemming from the fact that I'm not running XP or higher on my machine, but that was pretty easily solved with a third party application.
 

Gideon Stargrave

Well-Known Member
Why is that? I'm sure there is a sane, rational reason...

Partially because of their obnoxious advertising campaign...partially because of the annoying Apple interface. Mostly though because Steve Jobbs is a ditry hippy!

There is appeal in being able to download a song from another player and listen to it 3 times before it's no good anymore?

Actually, if you think about it for a moment, the idea of song sharing is pretty cool. If the Zune sold as the way the iPod did, it would be a great feature. But I suppose I was wrong to say that it was a big feature; the Zune is a more customizable version of the iPod. It's daunting to all of the idiotic teenagers who bought the iPod; an interface that requires user computer literacy. I maintain that that's the main reason it isn't selling. The iPod holds your hand, and the Zune does not.
 
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E

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Partially because of their obnoxious advertising campaign...partially because of the annoying Apple interface. Mostly though because Steve Jobbs is a ditry hippy!

I knew it was something rational.

Actually, if you think about it for a moment, the idea of song sharing is pretty cool. If the Zune sold as the way the iPod did, it would be a great feature. But I suppose I was wrong to say that it was a big feature; the Zune is a more customizable version of the iPod. It's daunting to all of the idiotic teenagers who bought the iPod; an interface that requires user computer literacy. I maintain that that's the main reason it isn't selling. The iPod holds your hand, and the Zune does not.

The idea of sharing a song is a great idea...the idea of having an MP3 with no DRM on it expiring after 3 listens is absolutely retarded. And the idea of having wi-fi capabilities is great too...the idea of not being able to purchase songs or sync the device via wi-fi is absolutely retarded too.

As for the interface...when I'm driving in the car and looking for a song, I'm glad the interface is simple and not like trying to operate a Windows PC with my thumb.
 

Dancanread

Well-Known Member
Ah, yes. Because what's the first thing i look for in a portable device? A complicated interface.


P.S. This is Sparta. 300th post!
 
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Ice

Teh Sexy Monkey Queen
I'm hoping to get an ipod this summer. I'm thinking I'll likely get the 30GB one, but I really want the 80GB.
 

Jaggyd

The member formerly known as skotti-chan
I'm hoping to get an ipod this summer. I'm thinking I'll likely get the 30GB one, but I really want the 80GB.

Don't forget to check out the refurbished iPods, they're treated as new by Apple warranty-wise, and considerably less expensive.

A 30 gig 5.5Gen (current) is $199

An 80 gig 5.5Gen (Current) is $279


S'how I got my 30 gig, that I literally take EVERYWHERE.
 

SSJmole

Face-Punching As Foreign Policy
I bought an unoffical cheap version of ipod video on ebay the day. waiting for it to come.

It looks like a black Ipod video , same gb , easier to add music and videos , built in fm radio , games and it was like 3rd of the price.

I figured I would be a fool NOT to get it for that.
 

Jaggyd

The member formerly known as skotti-chan
I bought an unoffical cheap version of ipod video on ebay the day. waiting for it to come.

It looks like a black Ipod video , same gb , easier to add music and videos , built in fm radio , games and it was like 3rd of the price.

I figured I would be a fool NOT to get it for that.

Wait....a 30Gb player for $80??

No offense, but it may have been foolish to buy.
 

SSJmole

Face-Punching As Foreign Policy
Wait....a 30Gb player for $80??

No offense, but it may have been foolish to buy.

no not the 30gb one.

8GB. The one i was looking at in argos was 8gb. thats all i need. I'm getting it to watch a few episodes of say simpsons or two and a half men on the plane
 

Jaggyd

The member formerly known as skotti-chan
no not the 30gb one.

8GB. The one i was looking at in argos was 8gb. thats all i need. I'm getting it to watch a few episodes of say simpsons or two and a half men on the plane

OHHHH!!!

Makes sense, and as much of a MacHead as I am, there are much better MP3 players out there on the 1 - 8Gb range. The nano IMHO could have been so much more.
 

E

Moderator
Excelsior Club
I'm hoping to get an ipod this summer. I'm thinking I'll likely get the 30GB one, but I really want the 80GB.

Check out the refurbs Skotti posted. Two of my friends got refurbs and they work perfectly. I'm thinking about getting an 80GB refurb...it's barely more than the 30 GB new.

Also, if you can wait...rumors are circulating that there will be a new iPod introduced (or at least announced) for Christmas...full screen video with on-screen sensor-based controls on the back of the unit. It looks very cool, and would be awesome to get the videos in widescreen.
 
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