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Microsoft's Zune: It's better than the Ipod!
In this world, the iPod is king. The only reason is because everyone knows what an iPod is. I owned an iPod back in 2006, and thought I was so awesome, until it got stolen. I was about to purchase a new one until a friend of mine told me to get a Zune! What the hell is Zune? I can tell you one thing, it rocks!
Before I go into the greatness of the Zune HD, (comparable to the iPod Touch) I'll discuss the original Zune, which has pretty much the same features as the Zune HD but less dazzle.
Microsoft's Zune is the same concept of the iPod. If you look at the original Zune, it's similar to the iPod nano, but not so flashy. It's a pretty simple design, and very small. It has a scrolling system similar to the iPod, but instead of spinning your fingers around in circles, you simply go up, down, left, and right.
The first thing that makes Zune great is the Radio Technology. There are some stations I listen to in the car where I don't want to get out of the vehicle and actually leave, whether it be a great song, or talk-radio. So I just pop in my head set and tune in on the Zune. It's tiny things such as this that make the Zune handy wherever you go. You can also tag those songs on that station for download later. Apple eventually copied that concept, only after Microsoft started it.
Navigation: It's much easier to navigate on the Zune than it is any apple product (besides the touch). The controls are simple. As stated before, you slide your finger up to scroll up, down to scroll down, and left and right. Navigating the iPod is much more difficult, and whoever designed it so that you have to spin your finger in a circular motion is an idiot.
The Zune Pass: The Zune Pass is a pass that you sign up for about $15. YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY PER SONG. You can download as many songs as you'd like, at $15 a month (the price of a CD). Also, if you're in a wifi hotspot, you can pull music right out of the air and download it.
Wireless Sync: You can connect your Zune with no wires to your PC and update your song lists. Your Zune player can access thousands of wireless hotspots around the country. You can automatically update your collection, browse Zune Marketplace, refresh your Channels, exchange favorites with friends, or buy songs you've tagged from your FM radio. Which brings me to one of my favorite features, sharing music with friends!
If you have a Zune, and your friend has a Zune, you can share music with eachother. You have to be in fairly close proximity, but if you want you can send your music at any time without a fee. It's FREE.
With Microsoft, everything is connected to one another. So, of course, your Zune is compatible with your Xbox 360. Connect your Zune device to your Xbox 360 console and play your favorite songs while you game on Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE. You can share content from your Zune collection to an Xbox 360, and play your media through the Xbox Dashboard.
New HD Zune: Apple launched it's iPod touch, and pretty much went nuts with it with the release of the iPhone, the iPad, and the touch itself. They are all pretty much the same thing, except one has a phone, one is bigger, and one is just an mp3 player. So microsoft launched its Zune HD. It's comparable to the iPod Touch, since it doesn't have a phone, and it's not a big fat version of itself. The major difference is that the Zune HD is... HD! You can put HD videos onto it as well as listen to HD Radio. You can also get games on it, similar to the iPod touch, but I'll have to admit, the iPod Apps are far superior than the Zune HD games.
It's totally up to you and what you prefer when you buy your mp3 player. I just want more people to know that there is more out there than an Apple iPod, and it may just be better for you.