Zune in action. Thoughts about iPod future interface?

If you haven’t heard, Microsoft has officially launched it’s competitor to the iPod. “ZUNE”

So what’s the big deal? Is it worth getting excited about? OK – to start here’s a video posted on youtube showing some of the interface and features.

So the main features?

– Song and pic sharing (wireless) between Zune players
– Widescreen format for video
– 30GB storage (this seems small now next to Apples announcement of an 80GB iPOD)
– A pretty nice interface

Bottom line: Looks like it will be a nice solid product. An iPOD killer? Doubtful given the lead Apple has but it’s a good solid entry for MS into the space. LIVE ANYWHERE integration may prove a factor in the future but it’s not part of this release so far.

What we think is going to be interesting is whether the Patent filed by Apple this year is an indication of the real next generation of portable media. The patent decribes an interface that is controlled without physically touching the screen. Let’s put this into perspective – if the entire face of an iPOD was used for watching video and I didn’t want my grubby fingerprints all over the screen this is might be a breakthrough. There are a number of issues here regarding control accuracy that come to mind, but it’s nice to even think that Apple are looking at this as a possible future direction for the iPOD.


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4 Responses

  1. Dean says:

    This is a link to a recent Microsoft press release about the Zune.


  2. Music and entertainment, your way. That’s what the Zune 80 GB Digital Media Player is designed to deliver. The Zune easily connects you with your music, videos, and pictures wherever and whenever you want, and unlike the iPod, it even has a built-in FM tuner so you can keep up with local news and sports. Your Zune gives you the power to wirelessly share full-length tracks, playlists, pictures and podcasts with your other Zune-wielding friends. And when you receive songs that you just can’t get out of your head, you can easily tag the songs and buy them the next time you sync up. Whether you’re listening to music, radio, or rocking out to the latest music videos on the bright, roomy screen, the Zune allows you to tailor your entertainment, right in the palm of your hand.

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