The iPod (from Apple Inc.) and the Zune (from Microsoft) are both sleek, portable digital music players.
While Microsoft had originally introduced a 30GB Zune, they announced a new slate of Zunes on Oct 2, 2007 including $150 4GB and $200 8GB flash-based players, and a $250 80GB model that's slimmer than the original Zune.
Microsoft also announced the launch of a social networking website - Zune Social - to encourage the sharing of samples of songs online, even for fans who do not own a Zune player. Members of the network will also be able to use a small application on their computers to display which songs they have been listening to, and that information can be posted on certain Web sites outside the network or sent by e-mail to friends.
|Price||Shuffle-$49, Nano-$129-$149, iPod classic $249, iPod Touch - $199-$399||$150 (4GB), $200 (8GB), $250 (80GB), $249 (30GB when introduced).|
|OS Compatibility||MAC, PC||PC|
|Colors||Shuffle & Nano-Grey, Pink, Green, Blue, Orange, Red (Nano only), iPod and U2- White, Black||White, Black, Brown (discontinued), Baby Pink|
|Other products||Shuffle, Nano, iPod, U2 iPod||None|
|Audio Format||mp4, wav, mp3, aac, m4a (iTunes protected), Apple Lossless||mp3, mp4, aac, wma|
|Photo Format||jpeg, bmp||jpeg|
|Video Format||mpeg-4, h.264, m4v (iTunes protected)||wmv, mpeg-4 , h.264 , divx(with hack)|
|Battery Life||Shuffle-12hrs , Nano-24hrs , U2&iPod- 14hrs||14hrs|
|Unit sold (H1 2007)||20.35 million||1.2 million|
One of the big pluses of the Zune is that it is WiFi enabled and allows users to share songs with other Zune-owners. In the original Zune, and the Zune Marketplace (similar to the iTunes store), the songs were copy-protected with DRM. Microsoft is now offering the DRM-free songs that can be shared by Zune owners unlimited number of times. However, a song downloaded to the Zune through this feature can be played only 3 times.