Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Zune: sucks?


According to a review in the Chicago Sun-Times, Microsoft’s iPod rival, the Zune, is total junk. I’m a big Apple fan, and a die-hard iPod fan, but I think people are giving the Zune short shrift. I’m sure it’s a fairly half-baked device, but Microsoft has a history of releasing “meh” software which they work the kinks out of gradually. Windows and the Xbox are just two examples of this strategy. Plus, a disproportionate amount of media people use Apple hardware, so they tend to be biased.

Will the Zune convince me to give up my iPod? Not likely. But I’m not a fanatic, either, and I don’t think the device deserves the drubbing it’s getting from the Mac faithful.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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