I hate iPods.
Now that I have that out of my system, let me clarify. Apple is obviously onto a winning product, however the number of paperweight ipods I see is astounding. I’m not a huge apple fan as it is, but I respect most of their hardware design and vision.
I got my hands on a Zune today. No, I didn’t buy one, it’s not on my list. But that’s beside the point. Any iPod rival has quite the shoes to fill. The users who haven’t had their units die repeatedly love them, ipods have become can pop culture icon and there is no sign that’ll change anytime soon.
I was quite amazed at how large the unit was, sure a lot of it is screen size, but seriously… it should come with a backpack. We all know that it will get smaller, but for the size it is, you’d expect more along the lines of PDA functionality. With that much hard drive it’d be great too. But… no.
The wireless music sharing is a great idea; you can share music with your friends via wireless zune to zune connection. If you give a song to someone, they can listen to it 3 times in 3 days before it locks. There are numerous issues surrounding this, one is security; we’ll have to see how that pans out.
So I don’t see the Zune taking off in its current form. However, I’m sure it will be a great platform for linux. At the point linux will run stable with full functionality the zune will have a whole new marketshare. I’ve got my eye on the normal forums for anything about “Zunenix.” But as of yet I haven’t seen anything major.
I would look for future smaller versions of Zune to have more of a chance as Microsoft tries to take over your whole house and portable media entertainment experience.