Planning on buying a Zune by the end of the year?

Planning on buying a Zune by the end of the year?

Summary: A few weeks ago the media were predicting the death of Microsoft's Zune portable media player based on the fact that the software wasn't yet Vista compatible. Well, now it is.

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A few weeks ago the media were predicting the death of Microsoft's Zune portable media player based on the fact that the software wasn't yet Vista compatible.  Forget about the fact that Vista was two months away for home users at the time, this fact alone was going to bring the skies crashing down on the Zune (it's odd though that the journalists who kicked off about this didn't have anything to say about the fact that Microsoft didn't have compatible versions of IntelliPoint and IntelliType available at that time either, both drivers that had greater significance for business users).

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Anyway, Microsoft have now released Vista compatible software for the Zune (only Vista RTM is supported, not release candidate versions).  If you're a Zune user on Vista you can download the package from Zune.net or Microsoft.com.  It's also available via Microsoft Update.  This update contains both updated software and firmware, both version 1.2 (build 434).

However, it seems that not everyone is having a happy time with this update.  Ryan Block of the Engadget team mentioned having problems, as have a number of people who have commented on the post.  The good news is that cancelling the update doesn't seem to brick the Zune.  It doesn't seem like a widespread problem, but it is something worth being aware of.

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  • Actually

    Most reviews are panning the Zune because it's a big, ugly brick with a clunky click-
    wheel wannabe that breaks Play For Sure, uses a crappy piece of Marketplace
    software, won't even work with WMP, rips you off by requiring you buy points instead
    of just buying tracks, and lists songs in the marketplace you can't even buy.

    In other words, it's a joke.
    frgough
    • And...

      "A few weeks ago the media were predicting the death of Microsoft's Zune
      portable media player based on the fact that the software wasn't yet Vista
      compatible"

      I thought the prediction was based on the evidence that no-one was buying
      them;-)
      Richard Flude
    • It'll still do okay as

      there are plenty of Windows Zealots and a mass of ignorant
      users out there
      So no matter how good or bad the Zune is, it'll sell some
      units.
      deaf_e_kate
    • a brick?

      it's no bigger than any newer video ipods. what are you talking about, other than zealot rhetoric.
      You forget the positives. Better video hardware than the ipod, giving it enhanced viewing pleasure. Unless you care about an album cover being a tad more grainy over better video. Has wifi which ipod does not. Subscription plan is available, which iTunes does not have, which is a huge rip-off. The click wheel has been judged by many reviewers as better than the ipod as it give you better control. The ipod click wheel gizmo is no doubt neat, but unpredictible at times and too sensitive for anything other than holding while listening or locking the wheel down everytime you plan on moving your body at all.
      don't get me wrong, the ipod is fine. It's great. My wife loves hers. I'm not a zealot. Windows users at large are not zealots and we don't make remarks such as "well, thar's a huge bunch of idiotic people out there that will buy this anyways" regarding iPod users etc. Those blanket type remarks are not only offensive but totally ignorant and the mark of a user who is foolish enough to fall in love with a product. In other words a total fool.
      xuniL_z
  • Predicting the end?

    I don't recall reviews declaring Zune dead because it wasn't Vista compatible. All I remember were a bunch of articles piling on, mocking MS for such a gaffe. But no one said that was the reason Zune was dead in the water. There are so many others to choose from for that, the obvious one being that it's a nice player but nothing special.
    tic swayback
    • The one thing I think ZUne will do...

      Is push Apple to do more with the iPod (even though it's a great MP3 player to begin with).

      Kind of like Firefox pushing Microsoft into making IE competitive again.
      ju1ce
      • Yep just what's needed

        "The one thing I think ZUne will do...
        Is push Apple to do more with the iPod (even though it's a great MP3 player to
        begin with)."

        An abusive monopolist entering a market to push along innovation;-)
        Richard Flude
  • Who really cares? But Adrian as the HW Blogger, Why not discuss/compare..

    .. the more the more interesting & Less Marketed Devices?
    Most of are of better Value or greater Benefit or even Both. Creative, Archos or others.

    Who really wants Vista.. have you used it yet?
    have you seen http://badvista.org or how about
    http://www.crn.com/sections/coverstory/coverstory.jhtml?articleId=196600975
    or
    http://www.techworld.com/security/blogs/index.cfm?blogid=1&entryid=342

    What does Zune offer that is better or different, Other than some falling for the name (MS)
    LazLong
    • That's scheduled for 2007 ...

      I plan on covering and comparing more devices early next year. I think people will be surprised by the results.

      "Who really wants Vista.. have you used it yet?"

      Yep, already using it on several machines. More on that next year too!
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes