Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Forum Regular Woochifer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    SF Bay Area
    Posts
    6,883

    Bye Bye Zune: Microsoft Exits Media Player Market

    Wooch's Home Theater 2.0 (Pics)
    Panasonic VIERA TH-C50FD18 50" 1080p
    Paradigm Reference Studio 40, CC, and 20 v.2
    Adire Audio Rava (EQ: Behringer Feedback Destroyer DSP1124)
    Yamaha RX-A1030
    Dual CS5000 (Ortofon OM30 Super)
    Denon DVD-758 (DVD-1940ci)
    Sony Playstation 3 (MediaLink OS X Server)
    Sony ES SCD-C2000ES
    JVC HR-S3912U
    Directv HR22
    Logitech Harmony 650
    iPhone 5s/iPad 3
    Linksys WES610



    The Neverending DVD/BD Collection

    Subwoofer Setup and Parametric EQ Results *Dead Link*

  2. #2
    Forum Regular filecat13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    492
    Microsoft made an MP3 player, and you could squirt your friends with your social?

    OMG! They can't stop making that! Is there a petition or something?
    I like sulung tang.

  3. #3
    Forum Regular
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Seattle,Wa
    Posts
    63
    I am in mourning over this, I won't buy "I" products. First RIO now Zune. Still have my first Rio and 3 Zunes, should be good for a while.
    Jimmy B

  4. #4
    RGA
    RGA is offline
    Forum Regular
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    5,539
    Well I have an iPod classic and it's kind of too bad - against my better judgment I caved and bought the iPod - which is a big pile of caca. The interface is ok but the loading of songs and itunes is terrible - my sandisk for $39 was and still is far easier to use and sounds just as good and it took a single AAA battery which was nice. Damn rechargeables.

    The zune at least had a radio built in. Don't know about the rest of it but something tells me you could drag and drop files in nice and easy - unlike the stoooopid sync I have to do with the stoooopid iPod. And then when I tried to put ONE song on it from another computer the iPod wanted to delete everything first - stooooopid. If it wasn't for the car hook-up I would have tossed the damn thing.

    Apple is better my arse!

  5. #5
    Forum Regular Woochifer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    SF Bay Area
    Posts
    6,883
    Quote Originally Posted by filecat13
    Microsoft made an MP3 player, and you could squirt your friends with your social?

    OMG! They can't stop making that! Is there a petition or something?
    Yeah, the squirting feature was about as dumb a feature as I've seen. Sure, you can share music with other Zunes, but the files self-destructed after 3 plays. Even MS abandoned the squirting feature when they introduced the Zune HD.

    The Zune was MS' last gasp to lock digital media down around their proprietary formats and DRM schemes. The rest of the industry has moved on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy B
    I am in mourning over this, I won't buy "I" products. First RIO now Zune. Still have my first Rio and 3 Zunes, should be good for a while.
    You might not have a whole lot of choices. The standalone media player market is losing ground fast, and the profit margins have all but disappeared. All you're left with is the iPod and a lot of commodified junk, and Apple can still make money off the segment because most of their sales have shifted over to the iPod Touch.

    Quote Originally Posted by RGA
    Well I have an iPod classic and it's kind of too bad - against my better judgment I caved and bought the iPod - which is a big pile of caca. The interface is ok but the loading of songs and itunes is terrible - my sandisk for $39 was and still is far easier to use and sounds just as good and it took a single AAA battery which was nice. Damn rechargeables.

    The zune at least had a radio built in. Don't know about the rest of it but something tells me you could drag and drop files in nice and easy - unlike the stoooopid sync I have to do with the stoooopid iPod. And then when I tried to put ONE song on it from another computer the iPod wanted to delete everything first - stooooopid. If it wasn't for the car hook-up I would have tossed the damn thing.
    I'll agree that iTunes leaves a lot to be desired, but at the same time, it doesn't diminish the quality of the unit itself. I've tried other media players, and none of them can match the simplicity of the clickwheel interface.

    With my iPod nano, I load everything using playlists. And if I want to play something more random, I use the Genius playlist feature, which automatically generates a playlist based on a favorite song. I've rediscovered a lot of music in that process.

    But, as I've said on this and other threads, the media player market is a ship headed back to port. Microsoft never should have forged ahead with the Zune because it did not bring any innovation to an already declining market. They abandoned their PlaysForSure partners, and helped kill the Rio line in the process.

    Apple can forge ahead and still make money in the media player market because most iPods sold are now the Touch models, which cost more and can run iOS apps and function as a wi-fi internet device. My wife uses her iPod Touch primarily for playing games, checking her e-mail, listening to podcasts, and sometimes using our bedroom clock (which has an iPod dock) as an internet radio.
    Wooch's Home Theater 2.0 (Pics)
    Panasonic VIERA TH-C50FD18 50" 1080p
    Paradigm Reference Studio 40, CC, and 20 v.2
    Adire Audio Rava (EQ: Behringer Feedback Destroyer DSP1124)
    Yamaha RX-A1030
    Dual CS5000 (Ortofon OM30 Super)
    Denon DVD-758 (DVD-1940ci)
    Sony Playstation 3 (MediaLink OS X Server)
    Sony ES SCD-C2000ES
    JVC HR-S3912U
    Directv HR22
    Logitech Harmony 650
    iPhone 5s/iPad 3
    Linksys WES610



    The Neverending DVD/BD Collection

    Subwoofer Setup and Parametric EQ Results *Dead Link*

  6. #6
    Forum Regular winston's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    mia fl
    Posts
    451
    I have the old 80 GB Zune "that I won on ebay from Cowboom for 68 bucks,they'r a part of the best buy group of company" it was looking new with all the original stuff,

    I loves this thing, without comparing it others, IMO the picture quality is very good, and it gives me the option to registered as a guest or sync. I love that about it (because the guest option puts me in charge of the "Zune")

    drag and drop files is easy for me to do, my Zune is a little heavy compared to the ipod but it feels expensive!! and yes the built in radio is a nice touch, listening to music using the (Koss portapro) blends nicely with the Zune

    that said, as long as I can still update the Zune, A ipod will not be on my shopping lists.
    Chet Baker-Trumpet
    Pepper Adams-Baritone Sax
    Herbie Mann-Flute
    Bill Evans-Piano
    Paul Chambers-Bass & Connie Kay-Drums
    (....ALONE TOGETHER....) DEC. 30 1958
    produced by...Orrin Keepnews...

  7. #7
    Sgt. At Arms Worf101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Troy, New York
    Posts
    4,288

    Welp....

    Another one bites the dust. I've bought everything BUT an "I" product for my family since inception, Zen's, Zunes, Insigina's... sigh... Only the Zune has stood up to my son's penchant for destruction. Shame to lose them But hey, they'll be cheap now, guess I'll "stock up".

    Worf

  8. #8
    Forum Regular
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    11
    Quick...fail. Microsoft hasn't been able to break successfully into a portable market yet. They should play off the x-box and move that up into portable audio.

  9. #9
    AR Newbie Registered Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    2

    Teaming up with Nokia

    Now i am wonder how Nokia is going to deal with their WP7/8 phones that should have Zune build in.

  10. #10
    AV Veteran
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    12
    They will be integrating Zune in Windows Phone 7.5 along with Xbox and all other (Live,Bing) platforms.
    I hope for their sake the integration is good and usable.
    Microsoft knows how to integrate business software but consumer software is a completely different ball game.
    Happy with my new speakers :-) Take a look at my Kef 3005SE Review

  11. #11
    Forum Regular
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    18
    I can't say I am surprised, there are plenty of MP3 players on the market if your not an iPod fan. This scenario reminds me of a Family Guy episode where Lois's dad had Bill Gates over for a party and says "Hey Bill will you help me program my Zune? Haha, just kidding I have an iPod like everybody else". I was not really for getting an iPod but I ended up getting one for x-mas a few years back and it is great, now I cannot see myself without one. Out of curiosity what is it about Apple products that you guys don't like?

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •