Apple iPod vs. Microsoft Zune size contest

“Jake Luddington puts his iPod next to a Zune at some Canadian Tech Fest and finds the Zune a little bit bigger in all regards. We knew the Zune was somewhat big from the spec sheets. But nothing quite spells out “fat lard butt” better than putting the chubby new kid next to the popular kid. Especially after meatloaf day in the cafeteria,” Gizmodo reports.

See the photos here.

MacDailyNews Note: The photos are of a 30GB Zune vs. an 80GB iPod. Apple’s 30GB model is even thinner and lighter with specs of: Height: 4.1 inches, Width: 2.4 inches, Depth: 0.43 inch, Weight: 4.8 ounces vs. Apple’s 80GB iPod model specs: Height: 4.1 inches, Width: 2.4 inches, Depth: 0.55 inch, Weight: 5.5 ounces. Zune is 4.4 inches x 2.4 inches x 0.58 inch and weighs 5.6 ounces.

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  1. Hmmmmm, you know. All this talk about the Zune and I have decided that I will buy one. I am ready.

    Who is selling them?

    ??????? What do you mean they are not for sale???? Later?????

    ?? Maybe in October??? . . . . . NO. . . . When!!!!!!

    MID NOVEMBER !!!!! ——- MAYBE !!!!!! ——

    Hey, they have been talking about them for quite a while and I STILL can’t buy one???

    Crap. . . . . . . OH nevermind. I guess I will just go to an apple store and buy an iPod. Gee, I feel so dejected and let down – even betrayed!! . Why is this feeling so familiar??? OH wait, I use a PC at work. . . . . Now it makes sense.


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  2. Yep. They’ll just have to give them away.

    And after a while the “oh isn’t it an ugly lard arse” comments will make even those people realise that Microsoft is in the wrong business.

    “Get your Suction Cleaner from Microsuck”

  3. Reading the comments on the linked page I learned the Zune has a bigger screen, TV output at 640×480, better sound quality, better DRM, WiFi (essential for a modern DAP), an FM tuner, better battery life, and doesn’t scratch. Plus it’s got some unused hardware and capability.

    I’m not sure how people know some of these things when Zune isn’t available yet, but, hey, I’m sold. If nothing else, Microsoft saved Apple from bankruptcy where all Apple has ever done is steal the click wheel from Creative.

  4. Excited:

    Better check the specs again. The iPod has the better battery life by a long shot. As for better DRM, by who’s measure? Better sound quality, no real tests yets. The scratch resistance problem was for the Nano and we do not know how Zune will hold up (not available yet, no real world tests). What is this about unsed hardware and capabilities? Did MS let you look inside the Zune and tell you what all of the components are for? I did not think so, so that is you talking out of your ass.

    For the record, Apple did not steak the click wheel, they do have the patent on that. They paid of Creative for the interface design, that is all.

  5. I’ll give you my ipod if you can show me a creative player with a click wheel. My old creative (from about when the 4g iPod came out) certainly didn’t have one. Also: sound quality? It’s all in the compression and headphones, baby. I use mp3 128kbps and Sennheiser PX100 headphones, and I couldn’t be happier with my sound. Oh, and the iPods come with the best stock headphones of any player I’ve seen.

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