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Old 11-22-2006, 12:36 AM   #1
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Does anyone actually own a Zune Mp3 Video player?

My father in law (who is a big tekkie person) told me tonight that I should buy my son the Zune over the IPod Video and the Zen. He said the Zune will play more types of music like media player etc. He also said it has more something or other. I am NOT a tekkie person.

So my question, do you have a Zune? Do you like it? Have you used Zune Marketplace? Do they have a good selection of movies, T.V. shoes etc?

Wal-Mart has all three for the same price,

IPod 30GB Video
Zen Creative 30GB
Zune 30 GB

all $249 dollars.

Just wish I could talk to someone who actually had one.
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Old 11-22-2006, 12:50 AM   #2
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Dont own a Zune but all the reviews are coming in that its pretty bad. No one at best buy were I work likes it at all. But I just heard not positive thing about it. I would just go with an ipod.
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:09 AM   #3
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Someone posted a bad review on the Budget Board.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread....highlight=Zune
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:39 AM   #4
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I own one, and I haven't had any problems with it. Some people are experiencing software bugs, but not me. Most bad reviews seem to be coming from crazed Apple fans who don't like anything Microsoft and don't even own the Zune.

I wasn't interested in an iPod (it doesn't have a built-in FM tuner), so I was looking mostly at the Zune vs. the Creative Zen Vision:M. The Zune is the most durable of the three; you really won't need a case for it like the Zen or the iPod, both of which scratch easily. (A screen protector film is a good idea.) The Zune is also the biggest of the three, but it has a wireless antenna. The Zen and the iPod look very similar, and I thought the Zune had a cooler vibe to it. It also has a bigger screen.

Zune Marketplace currently only has songs on it. No videos--yet. That will come.

If your son has not purchased music online, it really won't matter what formats of music the players use. But here's a comparison:

Zune plays:
WMA, MP3, AAC audio
WMV, MPEG-4, H264 video (the latter two are converted)

Creative Zen Vision:M plays:
WMA, WAV, WMA DRM, MP3 audio
DivX, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD video

iPod plays:
AAC, Apple Lossless, Audible, WAV, AIFF, MP3
MPEG-4, H264 video

Here's a review of the Zune by Arstechnica, which is quite fair:
http://arstechnica.com/reviews/hardware/zune.ars
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:42 AM   #5
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I read a side by side comparison of the Zune to iPod on cnnmoney.com last week and they gave it to the iPod hands down.

I just don't trust any Microsoft product when it first comes out...I like it to be on the market for a while so they can fix all the bugs.

Example: I dl'd IE7 last week and it came along with a nice virus...oh and it shut down every minute and reaked havoc on my work laptop. I deleted it and haven't had those problems since.

I'd either wait til they fix the bugs, as I've heard from Bestbuy and online reviews, or buy the ipod.
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Old 11-22-2006, 07:21 AM   #6
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I just don't trust any Microsoft product when it first comes out...I like it to be on the market for a while so they can fix all the bugs.
My DH is planning to get one too--next year. I guess I'm the guinea pig!
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