Zune MP3 Player

Judging by the situation of the MP3 player market, the IPod Empire has left the Windows media hardware partners like iRiver, Creative and Samsung being unable to compete with their transition in features as well as the number of sales. Earlier this year, the software giants, Microsoft, introduced a new model of MP3 player, The Zune, to the market on the 14th of September. It features technologies such as an integrated wireless system in order to share files as well as a close Zune exposition environment similar to the iTunes.

Certain features, such as the Zune’s body color varieties which includes three colors: white, brown and black, as well as their excellent UI, satisfactory with its exposition software as well as a good playback performance all contributing to attract a variety of users intending to purchase it. However the Zune has it drawbacks as well. However, its discordance with supporting formats such as protected WMV and WMA files are going to cause seasoned users to consider other substitutes. Considering such drawbacks aside, the Zune’s wireless features can actually stand as the feature that can make it successful in the future.

The basic features of the Zune consist of a 30 GB internal memory, a video and photo supporting screen and the costing is around $249.99. It is supported by a modified version of portable media center software and also features the twist-navigation system similar to that of the Toshiba Gigabeat S.

The price of the Zune is $249.99. The features of the Zune are as follows:

  • Consists of 30 GB internal memory
  • A 3-inch (4:3) picture and video viewing screen
  • Playbacks on a customized version of Portable Media Centre software
  • Features the twist-navigation system similar to the Toshiba Gigabeat S

The fact that the device is not compatible with the WMA-DRM9, and the Zune being utilizing WMA DRM 9.1 stands as an embarrassment to several Windows Media fans as tracks bought from Urge or Napster as well as subscription tracks will not function, disabling the Zune from any other media formats. The Zune operates with its own store and software, and requires no use of the Windows Media Player at all in order to manage and sync tracks. Microsoft would have avoided this drawback if the Zune functioned with Rhapsody, which would still be strictly limited to its own market place.

The unique feature of the Zune is its built-in integrated Wi-Fi that allows them to be detect and be detected by other Zune users in the vicinity, hence allowing them to share both photos and music, (not videos though) inside the same room, except the drawback of being able to support only three plays of one single track in three days. Considering the case globally, Wi-Fi prefers to be expanded globally in order to enable one to sync and buy music wirelessly. The Microsoft Zune is an excellent media player even though the Zune experience is still unconventional, while initiating it on a small scale was a convenient idea for Microsoft to release the Zune.

The Zune packaging however, is quite convenient, considering the fact that it can actually be lifted out from the box itself by pulling on the brown ribbon and the accumulated headphones and the USB cable are quite efficiently concealed unless the flap, which is adjoining to the Zune is lifted to reveal it. The package consists of a suede covered case, certain guides, a software CD and a sticker as well.

The introductory Zune experience proves to be acceptable, and is expected to be able to satisfy the customers.

This Zune MP3 Player Review is Written/Updated on Mar 29th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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