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As new Zunes disappointing battery data is official now, we can relax, take our time and compare these two creations from Apple and Microsoft. Zune 80 quite compares with Ipod 80GB Classic, though it’s battery resourses seem to be weaker, but what about Ipod touch? What’s more important — gigabytes or sweet multitouch screen and the bigger price? It’s harder to choose between flash Zune and Ipod Nano, it’s up to you — WiFi or 1.8 inch screen? Looking forward to Novemver, we created useful comparative tables for your entartaiment and argues.

They are below the link with some more battery data and “premium” Microsoft earphones. Enjoy!

Zune 80GB

iPod classic 80GB

iPod touch 8GB
Price $249.99 $249.00 $299.00
Size, inches 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.51 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.41 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.31
Weight, grammes 126 137 120
Screen, inches 3.2 2.5 3.5
Screen type LCD LCD (LED light) Touch-sensor LCD
Dimension 320 x 240 (expected) 320 x 240 480 x 320
Navigation Zune Pad Click Wheel Multi-touch
WiFi Yes (802.11b/g exp.) No 802.11b/g
Wireless synch Yes No No
Wireless data transfer Yes No No
“Wireless shop” No No Yes
Web browser No No Yes
Battery (audio/video, hours) up to 30/ up to 5* 30 / 5 22 / 5
Battery charge time (hours) 2.25 (WiFi off) / 1.25 till 90% on USB 4 / 2 till 80% 3 / 1.5 till 80%
Audio formats WMA, protected WMA, WMA Lossless, MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC (expected) AAC, protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple lossless, WAV, и AIFF AAC,protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple lossless, WAV, и AIFF
Video formats WMV, H.264, MPEG-4 H.264, MPEG-4 H.264, MPEG-4
FM tuner Yes No No
Earphones “Premium” earphones Apple earphones Apple earphones
PC / Mac support Yes / No Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
Software Zune Software iTunes iTunes
Colors Black Gray, Black Black

And now about flash Microsoft Zune and iPod Nano 4/8 Gb:

Zune
4 / 8GB
iPod nano
4 / 8GB
Price $149.99 / $199.99 $149.00 / $199.00
Size, inches 1.6 x 3.6 x 0.33 2.8 x 2.1 x 0.26
Weight, grammes 47 47
Screen, inches 1.8 2.0
Screen type LCD LCD (LED light)
Dimension 320 x 240 320 x 240
Navigation Zune Pad Click Wheel
WiFi Есть (802.11b/g expected) No
Wireless synch Yes No
Wireless data transfer Yes No
“Wireless shop” No No
Web browser No No
Battery, audio/video, hours up to 24 (no WiFi) / up to 4* 24 / 5
Battery charge time, hours 2.5 / 1.5 till 90% by USB 3 часов / 1.5 till 80%
Audio Support WMA, protected WMA, WMA Lossless, MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC (expected) AAC, protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple lossless, WAV, и AIFF
Video Support WMV, H.264, MPEG-4 H.264, MPEG-4
FM tuner Yes No
Earphones Microsoft earphones Apple earphones
PC / Mac support Yes / No Yes / Yes
Software Zune Software iTunes
Colors Pink, Green, Black, Red Gray, Black, Blue, Green, Red

* — these tests on Zune’s batteries were with wireless disabled, using 128Kbps WMA audio and 500Kbps WMV video. So, playing other formats then Microsoft, with higher bitrate or with WiFi on can bring then down.

And now take a look at something, Microsoft claims to be “premium earphones”

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Premium as hell. I’m still for iPod, you?



Comment by zune

Posted on October 16th, 2007

Good comparison but I dont think the Zune competes with the touch right now. Wait till next year.

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Comment by Viexd

Posted on October 27th, 2007

hello, well what i can tell you,”zune” bigger screen(i know the same resolution) but the pixels are perfect y cant see any problem, the audio quality, wuao, sorry but it is better than ipod audio quality. have fm radio, not preloaded virus( jejeje ; ) )

now: “premium” headphones whit only 20gz to 15khz dont look to much “”premium”", my sony headset have 6hz to 23khs,now. that is premium!!!

i will buy the new ZUNE 80, because 2 of my friends have the zune 30, everidody else have ipod yes i know, but i compares the audio cuality and zune is incredible acurated.

well what i can say, dont love microsoft or apple(dont hate billy or steve) i just love tecno of good cuality, that is why i have a sony nw-a810 the audio beat zune and ipod, but just 8GB is not enougth, zune 80GB… is something good ; )

Comment by viexd

Posted on October 27th, 2007

and remember, lets talk about the screen

lest do a 0 to 10 comparison chart:

0 is 0
1.1 is ipod (plastic cover of screen)
5.5 is zune 80 (of glass!!!)(not 30, is plastic but better than ipod)
10 is diamond

Comment by .matt

Posted on November 20th, 2007

Looking at these specs, the Zune 80GB is right up there with the 80GB iPod classic. It weighs less, has a bigger screen, an fm tuner, and you can’t forget WiFi. I think the only thing hurting how the Zune does in the market is definitely Apple’s reputation on being innovative and putting out reliable and trustworthy products. In my opinion, you get more out of your money by getting a Zune. Without thinking about Apple or Microsoft’s reputation(although it does have some factor in this), doesn’t Zune look like it could be a good choice over the iPod?

Comment by Black Fang

Posted on December 9th, 2007

I like the Zune better than the iPod. The Zune takes pro graphic style and incopoates that in their untis. Sure we can’t compare the Zune and the iPod Touch one has a touch screen and is very intellgent and is superior to the Zune in many ways.Give Zune some time so far they are advancing rapidly. Also the premium Earphones could have looked better I like my old premium earphones.But they have a good idea with the cord and the unit case are better than the other.I havent herd the sound they produce but its no Bose.

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