The Big Think

November 26, 2006


Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 1:17 am

The Zune is a disaster. So says Andy Ihnatko. Some choice bits from the article:

Microsoft’s new Zune digital music player is just plain dreadful…the overall experience is about as pleasant as having an airbag deploy in your face.

“Avoid,” is my general message. The Zune is a square wheel, a product that’s so absurd and so obviously immune to success that it evokes something akin to a sense of pity.

The setup process stands among the very worst experiences I’ve ever had with digital music players.

Zune is incompatible with Windows Media Player, the familiar hub of the Windows desktop media experience.

The Zune is a complete, humiliating failure. Toshiba’s Gigabeat player, for example, is far more versatile, it has none of the Zune’s limitations, and Amazon sells the 30-gig model for 40 bucks less.

Throw in the Zune’s tail-wagging relationship with music publishers, and it almost becomes important that you encourage people not to buy one.

The iPod owns 85 percent of the market because it deserves to.

The Zune will be dead and gone within six months. Good riddance.

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