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Zune 80 edging out iPod classic in reviews

updated 04:10 pm EST, Mon November 12, 2007

Zune 80 Edging iPod

Early reviews of Microsoft's imminent Zune 80 are giving it an overall higher score than Apple's iPod classic, according to their respective sources. Reviews from mainstream sites such as CNET, PC Magazine, PCWorld, and YahooTech all note that the hard disk-based version of the player appears to have addressed most of the complaints about the device, which centered around its size and lack of podcasting support, while continuing to sport features Apple-made players lack. The 3.2-inch screen, FM radio, and access to an unlimited music subscription service all beat the iPod classic, according to the reviews; Wi-Fi sharing and sync are not even available on the iPhone or iPod touch, according to YahooTech.

"Simply put, Apple is no longer the leader in the realm of hard drive-based players," says PC Magazine reviewer Tim Gideon. "While the Zune 80GB and the iPod classic are both outstanding devices, the Zune has more features--and it's more fun."

Most reviews continue to criticize issues that have been present in the Microsoft jukebox since its inception in November 2006, which include lack of support for any protected music format besides that for the Zune Marketplace, and a lack of official support for platforms beyond Windows and the Zune media software. The new player's battery life is also weaker than for the iPod at less than 20 hours in real-world testing versus Apple's 30-plus tested hours for its 80GB equivalent, Wired notes.

The iPod classic is widely believed to be a form of stopgap measure for Apple, which is gradually transitioning to an all-flash lineup headlined by the iPod touch but feels obligated to maintain a hard drive-based player to address the wide gap in capacity between the differing storage formats. [via Gizmodo]

by MacNN Staff




  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Get real

    Zune is garbage and is popular amongst the 2.5 people using it. Tattoing the zune doesn't make it better, simply an uglier MS product.

  1. dwoodruff

    Joined: Dec 1969


    let me guess...

    Reviews in the Zune Users monthly magazine?

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    One device

    I think this ignores the fact that the iPod classic is more of a stop-gap for Apple, bostering their line-up with a "high storage" device. The focus of the line-up is clearly on the Nano and the Touch, which MS doesn't come close to.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    From CNETS own page

    "Price range: $249.00 - $1,113.07"

    Thats from CompUSA.. but hey, you can get free shipping on it.. even tho it's in store only!

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ""Simply put, Apple is no longer the leader in the realm of hard drive-based players," says PC Magazine reviewer Tim Gideon."


    FM radio and subscription service-golly gee, how exciting-snore...

  1. Beechlady

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They still got BROWN????? (C=

    It's always Microsoft jumping on the bandwagon rather than leading the parade.....*sighs heavily*

  1. Maneki Neko

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why are people mad?

    Seriously, why are people mad about this? If the device and software are really as good as these reviews say, great. If there's one thing Apple needs in this space, it's some GOOD competition.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    c|net...owned by Microsoft, PC Magazine and PC World...owned by Microsoft through Ziff-Davis and Yahoo...well any enemy of Google is a friend of Microsoft right now. Nice to see that independent journalism is alive and well and up for sale! All this notwithstanding, lets wait and see how consumers vote with their dollars and sense (oops, I mean cents)!

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ipod classic complacent

    This is a GOOD thing people! Apple has gotten a little complacement with the iPod classic and a little competition to light the fire is a good thing for us.

    And frankly there are a few things I like about the new Zune that I wish Apple would copy.

  1. UnCal

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Well said! They do appear to be the ones filching innovations where they should be the ones innovating (evident across their range of products operating systems to consoles to personal media players). Paradigms are seldom Microsoft's own...

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