It was only a matter of time before Microsoft got into the portable audio/video market, particularly since their archenemy, Apple, has made their product synonymous with MP3 player. The first generation of the Zune starts off with a 30GB drive, and a 320×240 display for viewing videos and pictures. On the audio side, it plays MP3s, WMA, AACs, and more. So what makes Zune different from its main competitor, the iPod? First, the Zune has built-in WiFi and you can wirelessly share selected full-length sample tracks, playlists, pictures or your home-grown tracks directly from Zune to Zune. Next, like other popular MP3 players, the Zune has an FM tuner. One of Microsoft’s smart moves has been to make the Zune compatible with iTunes, as well as to make a number of valuable accessories immediately available: the Zune Car Pack and the Zune Home A/V Pack for hooking up your Zune in your car or your home A/V system, respectively. Zune comes in 3 colors, black, brown and white, and is preloaded with some free music from a variety of record labels.
- 30GB 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
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)