Yesterday I got an early Xmas present: a Zune. I had the intention to get one anyway to find out how it compares to the iPod, I wanted to know how Microsoft (my employer) is going to compete in this space and you can’t do that only by reading the reviews (at least that’s what I think).
First of all, it compares in no way to the ‘what if Microsoft designed the iPod package‘ opening up the Zune package. It’s quite funky. Something that sort of surprised me as well is that the Zune has some battery power already when you open up the package so you can turn in on right away. It’s no big deal, but if you’re like me you like to start playing with your gadgets right out of the box so I liked that.
One issue I knew I was going to have was the lack of Vista support for the moment. Luckily just yesterday Microsoft pushed out a new firmware update for the Zune that new supports Vista as well. Well that feeling lasted for about 5 minutes, until I found out it only supports the Vista RTM and I’m still on Beta 2. A new pc with the Vista RTM is on it’s way so I guess that I’ll just have to wait a little bit longer then.
Anyway, My iPod is empty since yesterday evening and I can’t upload it here so I’m playing with the Zune radio features to get some music while on the Eurostar and I must say that works quite well. Hopefully my new pc arrives soon so I can discover all of the Zune’s functionalities. I’ll let you know what I think of it ;-)