Why Microsoft’s Zune won’t kill Apple’s iPod

“Microsoft’s soon-to-be-released Zune MP3 player is a sure-fire iPod killer — if you believe what you been reading in the press recently,” Leander Kahney writes for Wired News.

“There’s nothing the press likes more than a good fight, and the Zune looks like a worthy contender for the iPod’s heavyweight crown,” Kahney writes. “The tech press loves the Zune because of its specs. They tally up the features and conclude the Zune is better because there’s more stuffed inside.”

Kahney writes, “But although the Zune looks good on paper, it’s not going to kill the iPod because of three things:”
1. It’s not cool and never will be.
2. The Zune will be locked down tighter than the queen’s knickers.
3. Wi-Fi song sharing will not catch on in public

Full article here.

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23 Comments

  1. There will be whiplash by those who must prove something, that’s easy to predict. At some point, that will equalizie, and innovation will one again lead. And then we’ll see something truly amazing….the best of MS vs Apple in a straight fight.

    Should be a good show.

  2. Funny, I hear so much Zune wishful thinking in the media, however, I haven’t heard one person out in the real world saying that they’re looking forward to buying one of these things.

  3. MS may be planning to make Zune the perfect platform for distribution of pirate media. Why not? It worked for VHS.

    Locked down would only be until the “DVD Jon meets Zune” showdown and then oops too late…

  4. One article I saw said that with Zune, “Kids will be able to wirelessly transmit notes in class”.

    Great, just one more thing for my teacher niece to watch for and confiscate…

    And this is supposed to be a GOOD idea?

  5. Ahhhhh, how the Microtool bumboys will suck this thing up and make it into something it is not. They will sell shitloads of them and the stupid masses will accept them for all the flaws and then knowing the flaws will not take them back for a refund because it will mean they were idiots to buy the bloody thing in the first place.

    Then there will be the mindless idiot that is the typical M$ fool, who will just accept it and love it because that’s what they do with M$ shit… They love it.

    Leo

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