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November 12, 2007 11:48 AM

Zune 2.0 review: Fair and balanced?

Posted by Brier Dudley

I guess the Zune review published today was balanced. Feedback so far includes constructive criticism from a Zune hater and a Zune lover.

Pro-Zune:

I sprang for a $99 Zune 1.0 after I found my Creative Zen would never have drivers for Vista. I think your review missed what, for me, is the most important differentiator between ipod and Zune: the subscription service. For $15 per month, I have access to millions of songs. Not only can I load them on the Zune, but I can stream them directly from the Zune software on any of my computers without even downloading. With multiple computers in our house, this means I can listen, instantly, to practically any album or song I've ever owned or heard of, in my bedroom, living room, or home office. It's like having the entire record store at hand for $15 per month. I just don't see why this isn't a bigger selling point -- maybe the kids are happy stealing all their music? Or the oldsters already own and have ripped all the music they ever want to hear? In any case, a player is pretty much just a player, but the subscription service makes it stand out for me.
Anti-Zune:
Nothing like the home town crowd shilling for Microsoft's latest me too piece of junk. Apple has very little to worry about with Zune. On the other hand, Microsoft can stand buy and watch Apple whittle into Windows market share. This is from a small business owner that will soon migrate the whole business from Windows to Apple OS X. Rock on!

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