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Zune vs. iPod: Clash of the Titans
Microsoft has unveiled its would-be "iPod killer." Here's how it stacks up against the iPod
Monday, November 13, 2006
Zune 30GB Digital Media Player
» Available in Black, Brown, and White
» 2.4 in. x 4.4 in. x 0.6 in. (WxHxD); 5.6 ounces
» Compatible just with Windows
» Holds 7,500 songs, 25,000 pictures or 100 hours of video
» Online Service: 2 million songs in Zune Marketplace store at $.99. Also, a subscription service for $14.99 per month provides unlimited downloads
» Special features: Includes wireless networking so you can swap songs with other Zune owners (within 30 feet); built in FM tuner; You can plug the Zune into an Xbox 360 and use its controller to play what’s on your Zune through your entertainment system.
» Extras: Zune debuts with only a handful of accessories including car stereo adapters.
Apple 30GB iPod
» Available in White, Black
» 2.4 x 4.1 x 0.43 inches (WxHxD) and weighs 4.8 ounces
» Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh
» Holds 7500 songs, many hours of video, thousands of photos
» Up to 14 hours of music playback, and up to 3.5 hours of video playback
» Online Service: 3.5 million songs in iTunes store at $.99 each
» Special features: The iPod family ranges from a tiny 1GB shuffle ($99.00) to the capacious 80GB player ($349.99). Ability to subscribe and download podcasts, TV shows, movies, games and audio books.
» Extras: The iPod has some 3,000 accessories including speaker systems, microphones, cases, home and auto adapters. Over 80 percent of 2007 cars will have an iPod connector option.
What the experts are saying
» The New York Times technology writer David Pogue takes a look at the Zune.
» Wall Street Journal technology columnist Walt Mossberg reviews the Zune.
» The Digital Music News Weblog has a Zune launch round up.