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- IMPORTANT: Allow your Zune to charge for 30 minutes then disconnect and reconnect the cable to turn on the player
- 30 GB digital media player stores up to 7,500 songs, 25,000 pictures or 100 hours of video
- Features wireless networking so you can share tracks and other media
- 3-inch color screen features a landscape mode for video viewing
- Compatible with Zune Marketplace for media downloads and subscriptions
- Automatically imports your existing music, pictures and videos from iTunes and Windows Media Player in a variety of formats
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|Item Dimensions||5.5 x 5.75 x 2.25 in||5.5 x 5.5 x 2.2 in||1.63 x 0.33 x 3.6 in||2.17 x 3.74 x 0.47 in||1.81 x 3.12 x 6.68 in||0.39 x 3.54 x 1.77 in|
|Item Weight||1.2 lbs||4.5 ounces||1.7 ounces||3.7 ounces||5.44 ounces||3.53 ounces|
|Supported Standards||AAC, MP3, WMA||WMAPro;MP3;WMA;Audible;AAC;MPEG-4;JPEG||MP3;WMA;AAC;MPEG-4;WMV;H.264||WMA, FLAC, DSD, DAC, AIFF||MP3||MP3, WMA, FLAC, APE, AAC|
Thanks to integrated wireless technology, the Microsoft Zune 30GB White Digital Media MP3 Player is more than just an MP3 player - it's a social network, a community. Share your favorite songs, playlists, recordings and pictures with friends with just a click of a button. The big bright screen is perfect for viewing videos and pictures, and can be viewed upright in portrait or on its side in landscape mode. The background picture is completely customizable, so you can personalize your Zune's appearance to match your personality.
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So to recap,
Pros: Sounds is very crisp and clear.
Defninitely not confusing to use.
The zune software to replace itunes or wmplayer is actually quite nice.
cons: bluky and feels more dated than is in reality
clumsy button setup causes mistake button pushes with fingers
wirelessly sincs music, but does not always work. Getting harder to find computer drivers because this zune is getting older
The Zune 30 packaging is very high-tech and attractive; extremely well engineered. Everything you need is there. Nice quality ear buds, USB charge/sync cable, 1 install CD, getting started manual, and of course, the beautiful Zune itself.
The installation process could NOT be simpler; however, to have the optimal experience, your PC needs to be connected to the internet (broadband preferably). You'll first load the software from the CD (it will get latest updates from the internet, which could take a few minutes). After (I repeat AFTER) the Zune software is loaded, you connect your Zune to your PC using the provided USB cable. The device will be detected and go through an upgrade process (depending on your version of the Zune). My Zune did not come with the most recent version of the O/S (which, by the way is really cool), so it was automatically upgraded. During the Zune upgrade, there were a couple of times where I received messages that the USB device may not have been installed properly, but that self-corrects before the automatic upgrade process completes. Just sit back and watch. By the way, my PC was a desktop with Windows XP SP2.
The Zune software is easy to use and presents user with synchronization options. If you have your media (music, pictures, and videos organized in the window default "My" folders, the Zune software will automatically detect them. You just set the settings to automatically sync.
The sync process is fast. I have almost 3,000 MP3s and it synced (copied from PC to Zune device) in less than 10 minutes.
The Zune user interface is attractive and very easy to use. As far as buttons/controls on the Zune go, there are only three (four if you include the "hold" button on the top of the unit), which makes operation very simple. There is a "back" button (which works like a navigation button on a browser... taking you back to the previous screen), and Play/Pause button, and a menu navigation / select button (the larger circular control between the two other buttons). The navigation through the menus is easy and intuitive. I was able to use mine like a pro within a minute.
File types used by Zune: m3u, m4a, m4b, m4v, mp3, mp4, wma, wmv, zpl
The main menu items are Music, Videos, Pictures, Social, Radio, Podcasts, and Settings.
You can list songs by genres, albums, artists, playlists, or show all songs.
When playing a song, the album art will show on the screen (if available).
You'll also see info about the current song (title, album, artist).
There is a progress bar that shows time into song and time remaining in song.
The circular control will allow you to navigate between songs in the playlist/album (click left or right side of control).
You can also control the volume by clicking the top or bottom of the circular control.
Of course, you have the option of shuffling (randomly played songs) at all levels (all songs, artist, album, genre, etc.)
This is also a repeat option.
The Zune plays MPEG-4 and WMV video.
I synched My Pictures folder. It was fast. The pics look really nice.
The only thing I would change is the ability to automatically detect the orientation of the picture (landscape or portrait) and adjust how it is displayed.
You can play slideshow of all of your picture, a single folder, or scroll through a folder of pictures using the navigator control.
You can listen to music while looking at pictures, which is cool.
Allows you to share media with other Zune users in close proximity.
I beamed some songs to my son's zune. They appear in your InBox (and are good for three days or 3 plays).
Of course, if you REALLY want to share an MP3, just give them the file using a flash drive to load on their PC and they can add to their collection.
Try that with an iPOD... forget it.
Awesome radio interface with autoseek, presets. Some radio stations broadcast info about the station and currently playing song.
The Zune will show this information, if available.
PodCasts - Video clips you can download from the internet
There is battery level indicator that displays on the lower right corner of the display.
The battery life seems to be excellent and is recharged while connected to your PC with the USB cable.
Is there anything bad about the Zune?
I'm glad I waited 24 hours before finishing the review because at first I thought that while the Zune is connected via the USB cable, you can't use it for anything other than charging or synchronization. That is only true when the Zune sync program is loaded on your PC. Simply unload the Zune program (mine is set to automatically load when I connect the Zune via USB, but that can be changed via Settings / Device / Sync Options) and you can use the Zune while charging via USB cable.
Is the Zune 30 too big?
That is personal preference. I personally like the size. It fits comfortably in my hand and it has a nice look and feel.
If you're looking for something really small, look at the iPOD nano 3rd generation but say goodbye to 30 GB.
1. Looks great. Comes in brown, which looks professional. Smooth and pleasant to the touch. All other colors, even pink, appear attractive on this thing. That can't be said about the dull, boring color line-up of the iPod 6G series.
2. Durable. The Zune can be thrown in your pant pockets and you won't have to worry about it getting squished or scratched (so long as you don't throw it in the same pocket as your keys). Use a screen protector if throwing it in a pocket or backpack with other items.
3. Intuitive. The on-screen navigation and buttons on the case are great. While it looks like a wheel, the main interface is merely a directional pad. No doubt the wheel look was added to make it look like an iPod, but there is no touch-sensitivity or scrolling on that thing.
Cons (outweigh the Pros, for me):
1. The screen is horrendous. While it's big, the colors are horrible. If you upload a picture, it does not appear as it does on your computer. Your computer is able to display 32-bit color while this device seems to downscale all images to 16-bit color. It's very obvious too, not just to the trained eye. Unnecessary grain is added to all pictures, wallpapers and videos. Video quality is definitely surpassed by the iPod line-up.
2. Zune Software. This software is based on Windows Media Player 11, but is even less intuitive. The organizational skills of this software cannot even scratch the surface of iTunes or maybe even Winamp. Unlike the iPod, the Zune cannot be synced with any other piece of software. That mans you're locked down to Windows (XP or Vista) and forced to use WMP11/Zune. At least the iPod works in Windows, Mac and even Linux, and can be synced with software other than iTunes.
3. Album Sorting Problem #1: If you have multiple albums with the same name (for example, "Piano Concertos" by Beethoven and "Piano Concertos" by Chopin) they will be lumped together as if they were one album. They will be listed by the first artist alphabetically (so by this example, all of Chopin's music will appear under Beethoven).
4. Album Sorting Problem #2: The Zune ignores the Disc Number ID3 tag. If you have an album that is multiple discs long (For example, a Beatles Greatest Hits that's 2 or 3 discs long) all of the Track 1's will be lumped together, Track 2's, etc. They will not appear in the correct order. This can be band-aid fixed by sequencing your track titles as one long disc, but that is unnecessary when every other music software on the planet can understand disc numbers.
5. Zune Store. Your song purchases from Microsoft's ironically-named PlaysForSure stores do not work on the Zune. Zune Store songs only play on the Zune (and through the Zune PC software). The Zune store has a pathetic amount of choices, not only compared to iTunes, but even compared to PlaysForSure stores such as Napster. Enough said.
I have gone through many music players, iPods, Sandisks, Creatives, the Zune and others, and can say currently that the Zune (1) has too many flaws for it to be my music player of choice.