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Zune or iPod:Which do you have and why?

February 5, 2009

Zune 4So, I can get a 4GB Zune for about $99. And it’s pink. That’s a requirement. It also works with the songs that I have already in my Windows Media Player.

If I really want to splurge, I can go to and get one with a design and inscription engraved on the back – a 16 GB one runs around $179, if I recall correctly.

I also don’t need a really huge one (as in storage space) either as I don’t have that many songs. Unless I was to get some from my son-in-law, in which case, I’d need the iPod and iTunes.

A pink iPod Nano with 8 GB runs $149. I’d have to convert all my music over to iTunes and then probably max out my hard drive. Yes, I can get an external hard drive for storing my music, but that’s another expense.

Here’s my question to you: Usability. If you have one or the other why do you like it? Is it because of how it looks? How it functions? Is it responsive? Does one play the music better than the other? Is one easier to transfer music to than the other?

I could spend hours and hours finding testimonies online, but I thought I’d ask my bloggy friends first, cuz you always tell me how it is. 🙂

  1. February 6, 2009 6:33 am

    I’ve got a 30GB video iPod – I wanted an mp3 player a couple years ago – just a small, generic one for music – you know, maybe 2 or 4GB.

    DH (in the ways of men everywhere) figured more is better, so I received the 30GB – I LOVE IT !!!!

    Itunes is ‘much’ easier than I thought it would be and (cross fingers & knock wood) I haven’t had any trouble with my iPod.

    I don’t leave the house without it – I travel by metro and also downloaded iTunes to my work computer and can (and do) listen to the iPod rather than the radio through the day.

    Sorry though – can’t compare it to any other brands for you.

  2. Mary permalink
    February 6, 2009 7:04 am

    I have an I-River (which uses Windows Media Player) and an ipod nano. I love both of them and they are both easy to load music. My boss wanted to get an mp3 player for her grandson to have his drum lesson music (didn’t want to fork out the dough for an ipod) so she purchased a generic type mp3 player. I am her official IT person (scary!!!) so she brought it to me to load his drum music and other things. It was totally plug and play…so simple to use. I think the pink Zune is hot! Also in related news…Amazon is a great place to buy music and they offer alot of free downloads and specials. Mary

  3. February 6, 2009 7:14 am

    well, i think you know how i feel about apple products and itunes. 🙂 in our house, we all have sansa mp3 players. we love them. drag and drop to transfer music. couldn’t be easier. i also had a creative zen for a while. loved it. their software for organizing music is really nice. i still use it. it seems if itunes works for someone, they love it. however, if you are one of the unlucky ones who has problems with itunes, it is a nightmare. there is very little you can do to fix it on your own. you are stuck going to the “genius bar,” which is a waste of time. i don’t like having only one option for getting music onto my player. i don’t like being tied to itunes. no one at apple or itunes could ever figure out why my account would lock out. don’t drink the apple kool-aid. 🙂

  4. February 6, 2009 7:19 am

    Thanks, Ladies. I’m leaning toward the Zune. One of the features it has is that it has an FM radio where while you are listening to a song, if you like the song, you can mark it and later download it. I *REALLY* like that idea because I’m a dork when it comes to music. I know a tune and beat that I like, but will never remember the title, lyrics, or artist. That would make it easy to load on my mp3 so I can have the right beat to motivate me to get up and MOVE! LOL.

    So far, other than the sleek design of the iPod, I’m not seeing much as far as usability that I like.

    Oh, and the Zune, in my price range, has wireless capability, whereas the iPod is wireless only if I upgrade to a more expensive, larger model (the classic, I believe.) The one with the stylish design I like is the Nano.

  5. LauraM62 permalink
    February 6, 2009 12:32 pm

    Well I had an 80GB IPod — I hated it. I hated Itunes, talk about a resource hog. Then that 80GB IPod died in 1 year, almost exactly, you know right after the warranty ended. I went to the IPod website, I couldn’t find where anyone would even talk to me about a problem without a credit card. The only way to get the IPod fixed was to ship it to Apple (unless you have an Apple Store around) give them about $80 bucks I believe it was — then I wouldn’t get MY IPod back but another in the round. I decided for the money I could get a Sansa 8GB with additional storage for almost the same thing they wanted to repair my IPod. Now — I love my Sansa, I bought computer speakers at Wal-mart for $15 to plug it into for listening around the house (nothing special like IPod), I plug into the car, etc. I uses Windows Media, which by the way is MUCH easier with your MP3 player than ITunes. So … you can guess I say … NO APPLE !!! I will never again buy an IPOD product …

    Laura – last time I had iTunes installed on a computer, I also experienced it being a resource hog. Thanks for validating that for me. This post is the first I’ve ever heard of a Sansa… must check that out.

  6. RisaJ permalink
    February 6, 2009 1:34 pm

    We are a mixed platform family. A friend gave me her iPod Shuffle when she upgraded to a Nano. Turns out that I will have to erase it before I can load any music on it – it is not synced with my library.

    My daughter has a 30GB Zune bought for $99 at Costco a couple of years ago. (It was brown, not a hot color). She can sync to her friend’s Zunes and it looks really easy to use.

    I bought a Sansa MP3 player and it is so easy to use. Drag and drop. It is only 2GB and I do covet a bigger player and want to eventually get a Zune.

    If you do download music from iTunes, copy it to a CD and transfer the tracks to Windows Media Player to get it onto another player. Amazon MP3 downloads will go to iTunes and WMP so you can put the tracks where you want them.

    My vote is for a non-Apple device because you will find that they are more flexible.

    Risa – I’m definitely leaning toward the non-Apple device. I must check out this Sansa. You are the third person (I think) on this post to mention them. I’m hoping I can check out a Zune before buying through my friends and colleagues at Microsoft. 🙂

  7. Bev permalink
    February 6, 2009 6:03 pm

    I have absolutely no idea what any of you are talking about.

    And, yes, I am serious.


    Bev – That’s okay. It’s often like a foreign language. We’re talking about toys that play music – you probably already got that much? And we’re talking about the choice between ones built by Apple versus Microsoft versus someone else and how easy it is to put the music on there and so forth. If you are ever interested in learning more, “ping me” (as in email me) and I’ll help you out!

  8. February 10, 2009 5:53 am

    Iv got an 8gb iPod…I turn to my little brother for advice on all things electronic, and he had actually recommended the Zune…for reasons I cant recall. I do recall that he thought the Apple devices were easier to break and/or breakdown.

    Ultimately, I got the iPod because they seem to be more universal…I knew it wasn’t something I was going to run out and buy the newest version of every few months, and I just wanted to make sure that 2 years from now I coud get a charger if I needed it.

    VV – I finally saw a Zune at Target a couple days ago and they are tiny! I guess that is good. They’ll fit nicely in a pocket while I’m jogging, which is the main reason I want one. I need to talk to my buddies at Microsoft next… 🙂

  9. February 10, 2009 5:54 am

    P.S. there’s now a little icon of you in my internet explorer bar…how didya do that??

    I’m not sure… I think if you go to your dashboard, click Settings, and then upload a picture for your icon, they’ve created a way to make that a favicon. The favicon is that little icon in the browser bar you see when you go to Google, WordPress, etc. Many sites have that now.

  10. February 11, 2009 6:46 am

    Thanks! Ill see if I can figure out how to do it…

    My iPod touch is great in the car, but its a little big for working out…you’ll appreciate the size of the Zune for that!

  11. April 18, 2009 6:02 am

    I bought a iTouch six months ago. It is like having a perfect wife (or husband) except real communication is impossible.

    All of the applications, sleek case and artful screens are marvelous.

    BUT, I own a PC and getting dependable communication with it is very difficult. Manually checking is a pain taking me back 20 years.

    And asking for assistance, by phone, e-mail or the e-site is fruitless.

    So this is not a phone and not a PDA that is practical for anyone out of his home at any time and who owns a PC.

    Good looks only go so far.

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