Zune Updates: What Do You Think?
where announced last night, and I’m impressed to the point that Zune v2 is
what Zune v1 should have been in the first place. I’m also impressed that they will actually do
a software update for v1’s.
I will give Microsoft credit for finally putting that
wireless to use. However there was no wireless Zune Marketplace announced.
ZunePad, eh. Doesn’t seem much different from Apple’s
wheel, good copy though. Song sharing is still basically the same, three plays and then it is gone.
Media Center sync is there, sort of. The press release says Zune will sync with
the Zune software which can now import DVR-MS files. Hard to really get excited about this in the
grand scheme of things. Windows Media
Player has been this for years now, but instead of tapping into existing
products Microsoft decided to make it more difficult for consumers. Nothing was said about Media Center based
sync (10-foot). Nothing was said about
protected content (CableCARD/CGMS-A) but I’m going to assume either of which
I said, “Zune is dead. The only thing that might save it (long shot)
is that v2 Zunes launch with a WiFi Zune Marketplace, relaxed music sharing
restrictions, built-in Media Center Extender, Media Center-based syncing, a
something that Apple has yet to think of (is there anything?)”
Running down that list….
- WiFi Zune Marketplace,
- Relaxed music sharing restrictions, no.
- Built-in Media Center Extender, no.
- Media Center-based syncing, sort of (via Zune software)
- Something that Apple has yet to think of, yes (WiFi sync)
I will say that Microsoft appears to care more about Zune
then I thought, but I’m still not sure it will ever really compete with the
iPod. What do you think? Is this enough for you to buy a Zune and do
you think the upgrades make it compete with the iPod any better?
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