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The $80 Zune

Jeez, the Zune is getting pretty freakin cheap. The 30-gigabyte first generation Zune, set to be replaced by the new 80-gigger, is selling for pennies on the dollar (or something like that). Woot has a refurbished brown Zune for just $80, the cheapest price I’ve EVER seen a 30-gig MP3 player sell at. It’s a stunning price, so please, for your own sake, just buy the damn thing.

Meanwhile, the cheapest price on an Apple iPod 30 gigabyte, also a discontinued model, is around $200. Yeah, that’s value.

If you want the black or white Zune, it’s still available for $100. If you bought the brown last week, you get $20 off your next Woot purchase.

I was helping a friend set up his new brown Zune last night, transferring music from his iPod to the Zune, and I have to say that I’d never buy the iPod over the Zune. While the Zune didn’t have any smooth controls (though the new Zunes do), the iPod click wheel has always annoyed the hell out of me, so I don’t consider that a problem. The Zune software was a pleasure after suffering through iTunes (and the new Zune software is supposed to be even better).

I know the iPod is a hugely popular product, and there are a lot of cool things you can do with it and get for it, but it’s never appealed to me. The click wheel is annoying, the new metal look is fugly, iTunes is trash and Apple’s lock-in culture just doesn’t do it for me. I’m not saying the Zune is a revelation or the second coming, but sitting next to an iPod, I don’t get why anyone would go with Apple. I guess its a matter of personal taste, but I’m not an iPod guy.

For the record, I didn’t and probably won’t buy a Zune. My Windows Mobile phone is still the best music device I’ve owned, and I don’t need anything else.

October 22nd, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Zune, Windows Media, Apple | one comment

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  1. wow.. thats cheap… i live in brazil and i bought my zune last year, when i was in US. but i have to desagree with you.. the zune software sucks!.. i’ve never seen such a horrible software in my whole life. the device is awesome, battery life, fm radio etc… unfortunately i’ve never had the chance to use the wireless. i couldnt find any other zune here in brazil. you talk about itunes… but the way itunes manages its playlists is great, the podcast support and even the possibility to listen the songs whike attached.. i think that ms has a long road to cross.

    Comment by Daniel | October 22, 2007

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