Zune?


Well, Microsoft has announced Zune, it's answer to Apple's venerable iPod franchise. Let's see what it has to offer.

The "killer feature" of Zune is the Zune Marketplace that supports Zune-to- Zune sharing of "full-length sample tracks" of songs, pictures, or playlists. According to the press release, you'll be able to listen to the songs three times over the three days immediately following the sharing event before the tracks expire and during that time you can mark it on your device for purchase later.

Zune also offers the "Zune Pass" which allows you to get "all you can eat" access to the Zune Marketplace for a limited period of time. During that period, you can hear anything you like. However, when your subscription goes away, you don't have anything to show for it.

Let the games begin!Specification Zune iPod (Video) iPod (Nano)
Size Unannounced
Looks like 4" x 2.3" 4.1" x 2.4" x 0.55"
4.1" x 2.4" x 0.41" 3.5" x 1.6" x .26"
Screen Size 3" 3:4 2.5" 4:3 1.5" 4:3
Resolution 240x320 320x240 176x132
Storage 30GB 80GB
30GB 8GB
Availability "This Holiday Season" Now Now
Price
Wireless WiFi
Colors Black
White
Brown Black
White Black
Silver
Green
Blue
Pink
Sources (A) MP3
AAC
WMA
MP3
AAC
Zune Store MP3
AAC

MP3
AAC

Apple Lossless
iTunes (AAC-P) | MP3
AAC

MP3
AAC

Apple Lossless
iTunes (AAC-P)| Sources (V) | H.264 | H.264
MPEG 4 |
Sources (FM)| built-in Tuner| $50 option| | $50 option
Store| Zune Marketplace| iTMS| iTMS
Sources (Photo) | JPEG | JPEG
GIF
BMP
TIFF
PNG
PSD (Mac Only) | JPEG
GIF
BMP
TIFF
PNG
PSD (Mac Only)
OS Requirements| Win XP | Win XP
Win 2000
OS X 10.3.9 | Win XP
Win 2000
OS X 10.3.9