Zune 120 GB Video MP3 Player (Black)
- IMPORTANT: Allow your Zune to charge for 30 minutes then disconnect and reconnect the cable to turn on the player
- Listen to your favorite FM radio stations and click to tag the songs you like for later purchase when you sync your device with your PC
- Download millions of tracks, whole albums, or playlists with the Zune Pass subscription service; extend your subscription online or by purchasing a Zune Pass card
- Connect to your home wireless network and remotely sync your Zune device with your PC collection from your dock, AC adapter, or speaker dock accessory
- 120 GB capacity for up to 30,000 songs, 25,000 photos, or 375 hours of video
- 3.2-inch color LCD with 320 x 240 pixel display resolution
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|Item Dimensions||61.1 x 12.9 x 108.2 in||5.5 x 5.75 x 2.25 in||2.4 x 0.47 x 4.25 in||1.63 x 0.33 x 3.6 in||2.17 x 3.74 x 0.47 in||0.65 x 2.47 x 4.43 in|
|Item Weight||—||5.61 ounces||4.52 ounces||1.7 ounces||3.7 ounces||5.61 ounces|
|Supported Standards||AAC;MP3;WMAPro;WMA;Audible||MP3, WMA, AAC, MPEG-4, WMV, H.264||WMA,CBR,AAC,MP4,MP3||MP3;WMA;AAC;MPEG-4;WMV;H.264||WMA, FLAC, DSD, DAC, AIFF||MP3, Videos, FM Radio|
Massive capacity in a deluxe device that delivers uncompromised audio and video quality, the Zune 120 GB can fit a huge collection and still have room for videos, podcasts, and more. This major player hooks up with innovative discovery features like Buy from FM and wireless sharing, so you never stop gobbling tunes. It holds up to 30,000 songs, 25,000 pictures, or 375 hours of video. Watch a demo on Zune.
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[+] Sturdy construction, highly scratch-resistant screen and backing
[+] 120 GB is a very generous amount of storage space
[+] Zune Pad interface is very intuitive and fun to use
[+] Zune Software offers Mixview, great for exploring different artists of your taste
[+] FM radio present, convenient for new songs and non-music radio stations
[+] Excellent sound quality compared to similar media players
[+] Large screen accommodates movies and video games very well
[+] Supports Zune Pass (14 day free trial now offered to everybody, not just Zune owners)
[+] Can also download and stream songs through Wi-Fi with a Zune Pass
[+] Microsoft offers major firmware upgrades for free when a new Zune comes out
[+] Fantastic customer service
[*] Adequate battery life if you don't mind charging 2-3 times a week
[*] Cheap earphones included, but you can attach them together (magnetically) for convenience
[*] Same screen resolution (240x320) as similar-sized and smaller players
[-] Glossy portion of the casing (in the front) is prone to smudges and small scratches
[-] Downloading and streaming through Wi-Fi drains battery power extremely quickly
[-] Fragile (as with all hard drive players)
[-] FM radio may struggle with receiving a good signal
[-] Currently cannot be used as a portable hard drive
[-] Windows only (Songbird software will soon support Zunes for other OS's)
I bought a case (Speck Toughskin) with this, but I felt the case to be completely unnecessary as the Zune can definitely hold on its own. I don't use the case anymore and I put it away in some box.
Even when using the plain Zune earphones included, the sound of the music comes out to be very nice. I had doubts about the video quality (because the screen was stretched out), but music videos and movies came out to be much better than I expected.
I have two major gripes about the Zune that I don't see mentioned much in the other reviews. First, the gloss on the face of the Zune will easily scratch without protection. It's not too noticeable, and you can only see it at certain angles, but it still bugs me. Fingerprints are also guaranteed, which can spoil the clean look of the device. Both fingerprints and smudges can be prevented with a clear skin protector (such as the Invisible Shield), but I didn't bother because these protectors don't protect against drops.
The other issue is that while the Wi-Fi features are supposed to be convenient and fun, it's not practical since you'll be burning the barely-adequate battery life at 10 or more times the normal rate. There's no point in downloading songs this way if you can't keep up with the energy use even when you're charging. (Note that this only applies when you're downloading or streaming through the Wi-Fi connection. Simply turning wireless on doesn't count.)
Overall, I would recommend the Zune 120, and I am certain that this is better than the iPod Classic. I prefer the Zune Pad to the Click Wheel because the Pad scrolls faster and is more flexible than the Wheel. The Zune Pad is like a laptop touch pad that you can click on (in five directions). Finally, Microsoft offers major firmware upgrades (for free) whenever the next year's Zunes are released. Because the software (based on the past two upgrades) changes significantly each year, it's like getting a new Zune every year for free.
Keep in mind if you're considering this to the iPod Touch or the iPhone with Zunes, you're looking in the wrong place. PDA's and cell phones are on completely different planes (and price ranges) compared to standalone MP3 players. It's nice to have a general idea of what you want before you focus on the specifics, so you should probably choose the kind of device you want before choosing a brand or a product. I wanted something for music, radio, and occasional video, so the Zune is perfect for me.
This is my first Zune and also my first hard drive MP3 player. I have owned an iPod Nano and an iPod Shuffle, and have used a variety of MP3 players from Apple before.
Just after a year and a half from initial purchase (if I remember correctly this was one week after my warranty expired) I took it to the beach. It continued working for another day but then died without warning. Therefore, I attributed it to the beach (maybe got sand or water in it) but perhaps not. I tried fixing it to no avail, and due to my despair, a good friend had a 80GB model that he wasn't using so he gave it to me. The 80GB model still works well. I don't use it as frequent anymore since I have an iPhone with sufficient storage, but the zune is superior than iPods I've played with and heard friends complain about.
The only real complaint I can confidently make is about the software. The software was very bloated and slow, but perhaps this was due to my massive music collection. Running the software raised the internal temperature of my hp laptop so much that the motherboard fried...twice. The album art as a screensaver was cool, but other that I found the software a pain to deal with. Ex. There were a few times after updates that my whole music collection would have to re-upload. At first I was skeptical of apple, but I now have itunes on a macbook pro and that is much better.
I wouldn't buy another one, even at half the price, due mainly to the software. However, I am very pleased with the mp3 player, and I will happily use the 80GB until my experience with microsoft zune finally runs its course.