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Man I need some accessories.  Last night I downloaded so much music that I have been meaning to listen to (well over $249.99 in CDs), but I don't have anything for playback in my car.

Here is my review of features:

  • Radio - Robert's friends say it isn't good, but I am in the middle of a large brick building (center office, middle floor) and it comes in perfectly.  It is nice to just flip from CDs to FM, too bad I mostly listen to AM and there are no talk radio stations on FM in KC.
  • Buttons - Yeah this is annoying, but on day two I have only tried to wheel the buttons twice instead of every time I used it like yesterday.  I think Apple patented the scroll wheel or this device would have it based on first round user testing.
  • Zune Player - Yeah this thing is URGE, but a little harder to use.  Last night, right before going to bed, I had several CDs queued to download and CRASH....Would you like to send this report to Microsoft?  Hells yeah I do.  Restarted the application and "Welcome to Zune, lets set everything up".  You have to be kidding me.  4 hours of running the app and it never occurred to the developers to save settings without requiring the application to exit?  So if you get a Zune, set up your Zune Player and restart the application.
ZunePlayer
  • UI - I wish I could change some of the features of the display, like don't tell me what year the video is from.  I don't care!  You are just making the title look weird with "BT:2006" or "Paul Oakenfold:2006".
  • Playback UI for Music - Album Art is great, but please do stretch it to where it is pixilated and not give me the option to say, "Hey, not so big!"
  • Size - Sitting next to my iPod 20g (4G), it looks about right, so I think they got the size down.
  • Color - Black is the new Black, Brown looks funny to me, so I got Black.
  • I/O - Standard headphone, lock, and dock you would expect.  Why in 2006 (near 2007) does a device come out without a built-in FM transmitter?  Why?  Does Belkin pay Apple and Microsoft to not do it?  XM does it with their $50 radios, so why does my $250 Zune not have one?
  • Weight - Perfecto!  Looks heavier than it is.
  • Sticker - Where is my damn sticker!  These guys got one, why didn't I.  Microsoft messed up there cause I would have sported that baby on my XTerra (right below the Geekswithblogs.net Three Footer).  If anyone from the Zune teams want to send me my missing sticker, please feel free to contact me.
  • Volume - Scoble's guys were off again.  This thing gets very loud.  Louder than my iPods.  I have bad hearing from being stupid in my early 20s (3-4 years ago) and having my car stereo bumped from factory to 145db (which means when you yelled in my car, you couldn't hear yourself).  So you can imagine I often say, "Huh?"  The Zune has a crisp sound and I only put my volume at the half mark.  Unlike the iPods 3/4 mark I use.
  • Headphones - Brilliant!!!!!  Magnets on the back of the ear buds so when you put them away they don't tie themselves together.  You guys are smart.  Oh yeah, the sounds quality is great too.

Would I still tell you to buy one if you had the opportunity?  Of course!  This thing is great.  Much Better Than The iPod!

 

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Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 6:31 AM Personal | Back to top


Comments on this post: Zune Day 2 - Still Loving It - Zune Review

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Black is the new black.

nice!
Left by Tim Hibbard on Nov 15, 2006 7:02 AM

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> Why in 2006 (near 2007) does a device come out without a built-in FM transmitter?

Because that would make the device illegal in Europe. You're not allowed to transmit over FM, even if it's short range.
Left by Sander on Nov 15, 2006 7:27 AM

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Sander

Good Point. But MS could release a firmware version for the Europe to disable the transmitter.
Left by Jeff Julian on Nov 15, 2006 7:49 AM

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Okay Jeff. Convince me. Why would I stop using my Creative Zen Vision and start using a Zune? No, seriously, convince me. I need someone to talk me into this thing before I buy an Archos 604 WiFi.
Left by Scott Kuhl on Nov 15, 2006 1:38 PM

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