Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Is Zune from MS the latest buzz or just a remod?

Zune - three colorsI own the 60GB sleek black iPod. I love it. So, why should I be even think about buying the new Zune that MS is launching on Nov. 14th? Well, I love gadgets but that aside, I saw something in the preview videos that makes me want to own a Zune.

Some of the features are listed below:

-- WMA, MP3, AAC, JPEG,WMV, MPEG-4, H.264 media playback
-- Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) connectivity
-- 30 GB Hard Drive
-- 3 inch video LCD 320x240
-- White, Black, and Brown Colors
-- FM Radio
-- TV output connectivity 640x480
-- Dedicated song download site (Zune Marketplace)
-- Podcast playback
-- Updateable Firmware
-- Estimated 12 hr battery life for audio, 3.5 hr video
-- 3 day playback of Wi-Fi transfered songs from friends
-- XBOX streaming
-- XBOX (Microsoft) points compatability
-- Preloaded music videos
-- Over a dozen accessories at launch
-- 5.6 ounces in weight, 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.58 inches size
-- Metric: 158 g, 112 x 61 x 14.7 mm size
-- Custom background images
-- WiFi transfer of photographs
-- Tag based storage system (Will not appear as drive)
-- PC Compatability (no Mac client at launch)
-- Zune tag enabled
-- Horizontal and vertical video orientation

Now, I found this image of the Zune while surfing, that was a proposed design, I guess. I kind of like it than what it finally looks like. I like the clean white look of the Xbox family.

Zune - looks of a Xbox

Although, I am not sure, I think there is a possibility that MS is using some slimmed down version of Media Center plus Mobile Edition as the underlying platform for the new Zune. Or is it a modified Toshiba Gigabeat? After all, Toshiba is also manufacturing the new Zune...



Here are some striking similarities, and you be the judge...

1. Main Menu Navigation: Very similar to the Toshiba Gigabeat.


Toshiba Gigabeat
Toshiba Gigabeat


New Zune
New Zune




2. Music Navigation: Just like the Media Center user interface that is part of Vista, the Zune music menu is laid out in a very similar fashion. The main navigation goes up and down whereas the submenu goes left to right.


Media Center's Music Menu
Media Center's Music Menu
Media Center's Music Menu


Zune's Music MenuZune's Music Menu
Zune's Music Menu


3. Photo Navigation: Just like the Media Center user interface, the Zune photo menu and navigation is very similarly done. The pictures are previewed in a grid like fashion. The main navigation goes up and down whereas the submenu goes left to right.

Media Center's Photo Menu
Media Center's Photo Menu


Zune's Photo Menus
Zune's Photo Menus
Zune's Photo Menus
Zune's Photo Menus


4. Radio Interface: Just like the Media Center user interface for radio, the Zune radio interface is very similar looking.

Media Center's Radio
Media Center's Radio


Zune's Radio
Zune's Radio


5. Notifications: Just like the Media Center notification dialog boxes pops up when events happen, Zune also pops up notifications in a simlar manner.

Media Center's Notification dialog box
Media Center's Notification dialog box


Zune's Notification dialog box
Zune's Notification dialog box


For more information and details checkout http://www.zunescene.com/

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  2. fixed abstraction10/18/2006 1:39 PM

    Hey, my name is whydoyouget and you replied to my livejournal entry where I said I would be doing an entry soon on the ZUNE and IPOD comparison as well as the SONY on going product and the toshiba project... thanks for the good reading.

    www.whydoyouget.livejournal.com

    - fixed

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  3. Wynn Netherland10/19/2006 9:21 AM

    I think the price point is attractive, however, having been burned by 3 generations of WMA devices, I'm now pleased with my 5G video iPod ;-)

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  4. Hi, one year after your post, zune has come to be known as an alternative to the ipod, and in review magazines, playing second fiddle to the likes of iRiver and Creative Zen. I even remember this tsk-tsk comment that the Zune missed the disgruntled anti-closed system crowd seeking an alternative to Apple's exclusivist device.
    most cited mp3 players out of 2007

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  5. Hi lord kim, you are right. Things have changed positively for Zune. I think I might have to do another post revisting Zune as it is available today. Thanks for the comment.

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