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Which MP3 player is better?
iPod 81%  81%  [ 13 ]
Zune 19%  19%  [ 3 ]
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17 Oct 2009, 6:18 pm

Which player is better?


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17 Oct 2009, 7:10 pm

apple or microsoft...i've never played with a zune so i don't know. they're both portable light weight mp3 players. i go for both.


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17 Oct 2009, 8:43 pm

The ipod will work on any computer. Zune only works in windows.


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17 Oct 2009, 11:28 pm

Zune, but only if you use a Windows machine (like the majority of us). It is possible to use a Zune with a Mac, but admittedly, you might as well just go with an iPod if you're on a Mac. I've had one iPod, and two Zunes (an 80gb and now an 8gb).

Things I prefer:

The layout of the menus and navigation system (the squircle touch pad works quite nicely).
The monthly service and software. Unlimited downloads, get to keep 10 songs a month for $15.99/month. With the digital FM tuner, I can tag songs I like, and it'll automatically download them the next time I sync with my computer, or I can do this on any open wireless network without syncing. They've also recently updated the software with a feature similar to Pandora. While your music is playing, there's a montage of images of the band in the background, and in the foreground they give you suggestions for similar artists (though this fails miserably with soundtracks), and links you to the profiles of the bands' top listeners and their playlists.
Tempered glass screen. When my 80gb Zune died (an isolated incident), I actually tried to break the glass. Slamming it against the corner of my desk didn't so much a scratch it. Let's see an iPod screen survive that (those things get scratched to all hell just with general usage, even with a case).

The only thing that the new Nano has on the Zune is a poorly placed camera that can only take videos. Seriously, what the hell were they thinking when they put the lens under where your hand naturally goes? Besides, how likely is it a person that owns a portable mp3 player doesn't also have a camera phone that can take better quality pictures and videos?



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18 Oct 2009, 7:17 am

Obviously it is unfair to compare the Zune to the Nano as it directly competes with the Apple iPod Touch. The iPod Touch, as far as I'm concerned is superior to the Zune because
i) it comes in 64gb varieties. I could not fit all my music on the Zune because it only has up to 32gb
ii) it features the App Store, which has a number of useful applications, two of which I regularly use at work
iii) more features, including the best organiser I've seen on a portable device, including dedicated organisers
iv) superior internet browsing



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18 Oct 2009, 9:34 am

Oh good god, definitely the iPod! As always, MS has a cheap/crappy rip-off of whatever Apple did 10 years ago.


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18 Oct 2009, 1:35 pm

ipod!! !! !! !! !! !! !! !! !!


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18 Oct 2009, 4:47 pm

You forgot an option for Neither.

I prefer a standard MP3 player because it doesn't have all that anti-piracy rubbish on it.

I can play my MP3 files anywhere.


Sure, the Zune is a Windows device... but the iPod doesn't work on linux does it?

MP3 works on everything. :D



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18 Oct 2009, 6:27 pm

I chose iPod, because it looks like a better choice.


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18 Oct 2009, 8:51 pm

gbollard wrote:
You forgot an option for Neither.

I prefer a standard MP3 player because it doesn't have all that anti-piracy rubbish on it.

I can play my MP3 files anywhere.


Sure, the Zune is a Windows device... but the iPod doesn't work on linux does it?

MP3 works on everything. :D


Sure it does. My sister has no trouble at all with hers.

You just need to use songbird instead of the apple app.


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18 Oct 2009, 11:50 pm

Fuzzy wrote:
gbollard wrote:
You forgot an option for Neither.

I prefer a standard MP3 player because it doesn't have all that anti-piracy rubbish on it.

I can play my MP3 files anywhere.


Sure, the Zune is a Windows device... but the iPod doesn't work on linux does it?

MP3 works on everything. :D


Sure it does. My sister has no trouble at all with hers.

You just need to use songbird instead of the apple app.


WHA'?!?!?! you have a sis???? why was I never told???!?!?!


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19 Oct 2009, 3:02 pm

computerlove wrote:
Fuzzy wrote:
gbollard wrote:
You forgot an option for Neither.

I prefer a standard MP3 player because it doesn't have all that anti-piracy rubbish on it.

I can play my MP3 files anywhere.


Sure, the Zune is a Windows device... but the iPod doesn't work on linux does it?

MP3 works on everything. :D


Sure it does. My sister has no trouble at all with hers.

You just need to use songbird instead of the apple app.


WHA'?!?!?! you have a sis???? why was I never told???!?!?!


If you have to ask, there is no pointing telling you why! :D


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19 Oct 2009, 4:12 pm

I would go with iPod simply because I have both an iPod Touch and an iPhone 3G
that sync through my netbook running iTunes under XP.

Some asked about iPod running under Linux, no it is not the iPod or iPhone that run under
XP, Mac OS, or Linux but iTunes or its equivalents.

I have a list of iTunes equivalents for Linux:

Banshee ( http://banshee-project.org/Main_Page )
aTunes ( http://www.atunes.org/ )
Quod Libet ( http://www.sacredchao.net/quodlibet )
SongBird ( http://www.songbirdnest.com )
Exaile ( http://www.exaile.org/ )
Amarok ( http://amarok.kde.org/ )
Listen ( http://listengnome.free.fr/ )
Rhythmbox ( http://www.gnome.org/projects/rhythmbox/ )
gtkpod ( http://www.gtkpod.org/ )


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19 Oct 2009, 5:12 pm

Wow, I'm impressed. (by The number of things in linux which can handle itunes).

Do people have problems with digital rights and iTunes?

I bought some songs in WMA format and they they didn't survive the Windows Media Player 10 - 11 upgrade.

Since all my MP3s survived, I ditched WMA as a format.



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19 Oct 2009, 6:31 pm

gbollard wrote:
Wow, I'm impressed. (by The number of things in linux which can handle itunes).
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Yup. Its actually Zune that is unsupported.

Imagine a car that only ran on one specific brand of gasoline.

Would you buy a car like that?

Things like the ipod and Zune are ambassadors for the operating systems. If they are friendly to everyone, then everyone will be friendly to your operating system. And more likely to buy.


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