Zune vs iPod… Which Media Player Will You Buy?

Apple’s ipod has been long dominating the digital media player market.

And why not; the Apple iPod has been far superior in performance and features when compared to its rivals. But Microsoft is set to change this by coming out with their own media player named the Zune MP3 Player, which debuted to the world this November.

The product will be available for exactly the same price US$249 as the 30GB ipod. Here I’ll list a few key differences between zune and ipod.

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Below are the list of features supported by zune and not iPod.

1. Preloaded Audio and video,

2. Built in FM tuner,

3. Zune to Zune sharing by Wi-Fi wireless (social networking),

4. Custom background,

5. Landscape video

With all the exciting and promising features, Microsoft will definitely take a big chunk of media player market form apple, but how much only time will tell. But the real question is which device is right for YOU? Let’s look at the specs of the system, the features and services we know about. We’re going to be comparing the 30GB iPod to the 30GB Zune, since they are closest in price, storage, and battery life.

OS Support – Winner: iPod. Zune only supports Windows. iPod, on the other hand, supports both Windows and Mac.

WiFi Connectivity – Winner: Zune. The current iPod features no Wi-fi connectivity whatsoever, Zune, however, is 802.11g Wifi enabled, and features a slew of sharing and broadcasting features.

Content – Winner: N/A. Right now the iPod, through iTunes, has thousands of songs, hundreds of TV shows, dozens of movies, and a handful of games to download for the device. As of this writing we still don’t know what all the Zune Marketplace will hold for Zune owners. But as we know, iPod has some preloaded music and videos.

Storage – Winner: iPod. iPod has 30GB, 60GB, 80GB, while at present Zune has only 30GB product.

Screen – Winner: Zune. iPod features a 2.5 inch diagonal screen, while the Zune has a slightly larger 3.0 inch diagonal screen.

FM Radio Capability – Winner: Zune. Zune comes with a built-in FM tuner. If you want to listen to radio on your iPod, you have to buy an accessory.

Music purchasing – Winner: Zune. With iTunes, if you want to buy music, it will cost you US99 cents per song, or you can purchase by the album. But with Zune Marketplace, You could subscribe to the marketplace for US$14.99 a month with unlimited downloads for that month. You can also go for individual downloads. Purchase up to 50 songs (4000 Microsoft Points) with US$50.

Once you purchase Points, you can browse and purchase songs or albums through the Zune Marketplace for US79 Microsoft Points per track (roughly US99 cents). Microsoft Points, the coin for the Zune Marketplace realm, is a universal system that works across borders, including Xbox Live Marketplace and other Microsoft properties. Does that mean the Zune is your best buy this holiday season?

That depends. If the Zune wireless music sharing is appealing to you, and you’re a Windows user, then Zune is probably your best choice. If you’re not interested in the Wifi and FM tuner, you will definetly want to look at the iPod.

More iPod and Zune comparison information: http://www.dvdtozune.com