Here’s a nice review in the Chicago Sun-Times:
“You’ll find that the Zune Planet orbits the music industry’s Bizarro World, where users aren’t allowed to do anything that isn’t in the industry’s direct interests.”
"Zune is incompatible with Windows Media Player … It’s incompatible with Microsoft’s own PlaysForSure standard, too. "
“The setup process stands among the very worst experiences I’ve ever had with digital music players. The installer app failed, and an hour into the ordeal, I found myself asking my office goldfish, “Has it really come to this? Am I really about to manually create and install a .dll file?””
“And why (for the love of God) doesn’t it support podcasts? That’s pure insanity.”
“No, the Zune’s sole wireless feature is “squirting” … music and pictures to any other Zune device within direct Wi-Fi range. Even if the track is inherently free (like a podcast) the Zune wraps it in a DRM scheme that causes the track to self-destruct after three days or three plays, whichever comes first.”
The reviewer didn’t mention it, but apparently you can’t even use the Zune as an external hard drive.
Oh, and it’s brown.
Sounds like Microsoft took the iPod, and made it shitty. I mean, even the screen, which is bigger than the iPod’s, should be nicer, right? But it’s the same resolution as the iPod’s, so you get a bigger but blurrier screen.