A Challenge to the Zune Advocates

OK, I’m taking quite a bit of heat from the Zune advocates in my comments — lots of them think I’m an idiot for bagging on Microsoft. So, here’s a challenge.

I’ll give you one hour of airtime on ScobleShow.com to make the case for the Zune. You gotta come to my house in Half Moon Bay, CA to do the filming. I’ll treat it just the same as I do any other demos out there. You just bring your devices and explain to the world why these are so cool and why I need to buy one. I’ll even have Patrick bring all his iPods and iPhones so you can have those to compare with, if you’d like.

Call me if you’re interested and have access to one of the new Zunes. If you’re a Microsoft employee or a PR representative even better. I always leave my cell phone on my blog, by the way. It’s over there on the right side of my blog, but my number is 425-205-1921 (local call from Microsoft headquarters! Heh!)

71 thoughts on “A Challenge to the Zune Advocates

  1. The problem is that is the “old” Zune 30. I want a look at the new units that aren’t on the market yet. Keep in mind I already have a Zune 30 from last year. I don’t need someone to show me that.

    But the iPod Touch? It’s thinner. Feels nicer in your hand. And has a touch screen which has a much more impressive UI. But if that doesn’t matter to you then, yes, definitely go for the capacity.

  2. The problem is that is the “old” Zune 30. I want a look at the new units that aren’t on the market yet. Keep in mind I already have a Zune 30 from last year. I don’t need someone to show me that.

    But the iPod Touch? It’s thinner. Feels nicer in your hand. And has a touch screen which has a much more impressive UI. But if that doesn’t matter to you then, yes, definitely go for the capacity.

  3. Okay, I’ll bite. My daughter just bought a Zune 30 from Woot and it will be here at the end of the week. I won’t be able to say much until it comes in, but she opted for the Zune 30 over the iPod Touch because of capactiy. To be fair, the Zune 30 from Woot is a ‘refurbished’ unit so we’d have to see what the refurb 30 GB iPod would run to get a fair price comparison, but she looked at the features list and based on that, there was no comparison why iPod would be a better device (her twin brother has an 30 GB iPod and loves it, but she opted for features and price over….what is it that the iPod have that’s better than the Zune again)?

  4. Okay, I’ll bite. My daughter just bought a Zune 30 from Woot and it will be here at the end of the week. I won’t be able to say much until it comes in, but she opted for the Zune 30 over the iPod Touch because of capactiy. To be fair, the Zune 30 from Woot is a ‘refurbished’ unit so we’d have to see what the refurb 30 GB iPod would run to get a fair price comparison, but she looked at the features list and based on that, there was no comparison why iPod would be a better device (her twin brother has an 30 GB iPod and loves it, but she opted for features and price over….what is it that the iPod have that’s better than the Zune again)?

  5. George from comment #10,

    I have just joined the Zune team as Podcast Programming Lead. The Zune Marketplace will have a audio and video Podcast directory. The Zune will be a very good video podcast player with the DVD out to TV abilities in combo with a remote control that will be availabe via the A\V accessory kit. I am also planning on having a strong blend of podcast content from indie and major media producers. I am looking for and will feature the best content from all types of producers. I feel that some of the best podcasts are coming from indie producers.

    Robert, while it would be great to join you on your show to talk about Zune podcasting – it is just to early to do so. I have only been on the team for a week now and would be more able to discuss in mid-November. Look for more info at the Zune Insider blog at http://www.zuneinsider.com.

    Rob Greenlee

  6. George from comment #10,

    I have just joined the Zune team as Podcast Programming Lead. The Zune Marketplace will have a audio and video Podcast directory. The Zune will be a very good video podcast player with the DVD out to TV abilities in combo with a remote control that will be availabe via the AV accessory kit. I am also planning on having a strong blend of podcast content from indie and major media producers. I am looking for and will feature the best content from all types of producers. I feel that some of the best podcasts are coming from indie producers.

    Robert, while it would be great to join you on your show to talk about Zune podcasting – it is just to early to do so. I have only been on the team for a week now and would be more able to discuss in mid-November. Look for more info at the Zune Insider blog at http://www.zuneinsider.com.

    Rob Greenlee

  7. I live about 2 hours from HM Bay. I’d love to come over. I’d bring my iPod with me as well, but I returned it when I missed my Zune 30. I run alot and the touch wheel on iPod makes it a pain to work while not looking at it. Screen was too small as well. Podcasts I can run, home movies I can run, FM radio I can run so I can get little station up in Grass Valley. When would be a good time to come over? Are you buying lunch as well?

  8. I live about 2 hours from HM Bay. I’d love to come over. I’d bring my iPod with me as well, but I returned it when I missed my Zune 30. I run alot and the touch wheel on iPod makes it a pain to work while not looking at it. Screen was too small as well. Podcasts I can run, home movies I can run, FM radio I can run so I can get little station up in Grass Valley. When would be a good time to come over? Are you buying lunch as well?

  9. Why has Dan’s first comment been deleted?

    October 4, 2007 @ 7:29 am was there, now it’s gone. what gives?

  10. Why has Dan’s first comment been deleted?

    October 4, 2007 @ 7:29 am was there, now it’s gone. what gives?

  11. “It won’t work with my Mac, so it’s a complete nonstarter for me.

    How hard could it be to make this thing cross-platform? Does Microsoft even have a CLUE how many college students are buying Macs these days?”

    I’m curious, how many music players do work on Macs besides iPod? And of those that do, how many make money on the Mac? Most Mac users are dedicated Apple-users/fanboys (take a look at the software installed on an average Mac, and you’ll see that typically all of the software installed on it is from Apple, or nearly so), and would buy an Apple product over any other brand regardless of the merits. So it would be a waste of time and money to target the Mac.

  12. “It won’t work with my Mac, so it’s a complete nonstarter for me.

    How hard could it be to make this thing cross-platform? Does Microsoft even have a CLUE how many college students are buying Macs these days?”

    I’m curious, how many music players do work on Macs besides iPod? And of those that do, how many make money on the Mac? Most Mac users are dedicated Apple-users/fanboys (take a look at the software installed on an average Mac, and you’ll see that typically all of the software installed on it is from Apple, or nearly so), and would buy an Apple product over any other brand regardless of the merits. So it would be a waste of time and money to target the Mac.

  13. It seems like this is a set-up.
    There’s no way to fill an hour talking about a digital music player (or even a player/phone for that matter), so once the “Zune advocate” runs out of things to say long before the hour is up, the haters will gloat, “LOL Zune must suck if one of its advocates ran out of good things to say about it so fast!”, and that sort of thing.

  14. It seems like this is a set-up.
    There’s no way to fill an hour talking about a digital music player (or even a player/phone for that matter), so once the “Zune advocate” runs out of things to say long before the hour is up, the haters will gloat, “LOL Zune must suck if one of its advocates ran out of good things to say about it so fast!”, and that sort of thing.

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