Don't Get Caught in the Zune Hype
Microsoft just released their new Zune player -- will it be a hit? My bet is no, and here is why.
- The software is difficult to install; it has crashed for many people.
- Does not support Microsoft's PlaysForSure music platform, including Windows Media Player.
- Therefore, you cannot play music you bought from other stores that used the PlaysForSure music platform.
- Microsoft closed their music store and opened a new one specific to Zune (Zune Marketplace).
- To buy music, you need to buy points from Microsoft in $5.00 increments. Each song is 79 points, which is about $0.99. So you will loan Microsoft $4.00 (or more), each time you buy more points.
- Yet another DRM in isolation.
- Supports video, but there is video available from Microsoft's Zune Marketplace store yet.
- Does not support podcasting.
- Paying Universal an undisclosed sum for each unit sold since all users are pirating music.
- Wireless only works between 2 Zunes with DRM music. Does not allow you to sync with your PC or Xbox over your own network.
- When sharing a song between Zunes, you must stop what ever is playing.
- You can only share DRM'd music.
- You can only share the music one time.
- Does not work with Vista.
- Too big to use when at the gym.