A different kind of “Zune challenge”

Funny, the Zune team didn’t take me up on my Zune Challenge. I guess they don’t think it’s important to come on my show and explain why Zune is so cool.

Why funny? Because a company named “Zude” DID take me up on it and flew out last week to get an interview. It’s going to be my Demo of the Year. Damn, Zude is cool and it looks like they’ve solved their scalability problems. More on that later in the week. Zude is a site where you can build a new kind of Web experience (competes most directly with MySpace, but really is awesome).

Anyway, there’s a new “Zude challenge” that David Berlind started. He posted on his blog that he’d shave his head if Zune got enough market share to move into the #2 spot in media players. Microsoft is currently #4. Now Carm Lyman of Sandisk is getting into the challenge. SHE will shave her head if Zune moves up into Sandisk’s spot. Now THAT is confidence! Or something.

58 thoughts on “A different kind of “Zune challenge”

  1. I still don’t understand how users say the Zune screen are much more clearer and sharper than the iPod or iPod Touch. 320×240 stretched screen is superior to a 320×240 with 163 pixels per inch? Same with the iPod Touch. Nano at 204 pixel per inch and touch @ 480×320 at 163 pixels per inch. There’s no comparison, if you want clear, super sharp images, weather its the UI, Photos and specially movies, iPods just deliver. Stretched image? No thanks.

  2. I still don’t understand how users say the Zune screen are much more clearer and sharper than the iPod or iPod Touch. 320×240 stretched screen is superior to a 320×240 with 163 pixels per inch? Same with the iPod Touch. Nano at 204 pixel per inch and touch @ 480×320 at 163 pixels per inch. There’s no comparison, if you want clear, super sharp images, weather its the UI, Photos and specially movies, iPods just deliver. Stretched image? No thanks.

  3. Well I own a Zune, and in some time an ipod, and a zen creative(which had the best features for me).
    When I first got my creative, everyone thought it was ugly compared to the ipod, but the functions on it where simply amazing, everything I wanted was there, unlike the other two.
    Personally if an ipod fan comes and complains about my zune I tell him to bug off, I simply don’t care and never will about this whole battle. You listen music with what you want.

    What I do care is about watching some shaved heads, hopefully they do, so these guys know that nothing can be taken for granted.

  4. Well I own a Zune, and in some time an ipod, and a zen creative(which had the best features for me).
    When I first got my creative, everyone thought it was ugly compared to the ipod, but the functions on it where simply amazing, everything I wanted was there, unlike the other two.
    Personally if an ipod fan comes and complains about my zune I tell him to bug off, I simply don’t care and never will about this whole battle. You listen music with what you want.

    What I do care is about watching some shaved heads, hopefully they do, so these guys know that nothing can be taken for granted.

  5. Robert, I think you are partially right and partially wrong on this topic.

    I’ve always been on the edge about buying an iPod, but to date I haven’t. There is just something about the UI for iPods that I don’t like. I also don’t want to be forced to use a music program just to use my DAP (the Zune is no different in this department).

    When I played with the original Zune, I liked their UI better, but I didn’t care for the form factor, or that it had a hard drive instead of flash.

    You are right that Microsoft has nothing to compete with the Touch. Apple is way out in front there. I’ve played with the Touch, but I don’t want to spend $300 or $400 for a music player. I never watch videos now, and I don’t think I’ll see that changing.

    If you compare Zune 4 and Zune 8 to the Nanos, there is now a competing product. The gap between the Nano and the Zune flash players is greatly reduced, or eliminated.

    If you compare the Zune 80 to the iPod Classic you will find the same kind of apples to apples comparison.

    If you compare any of the Zunes to the Touch, there is no comparison. It loses hands down.

    So I will be curious to play with a new Zune 4 or 8. I’ll be interested to see how these new Zunes compete in the market with the Nanos and the iPod Classic. I’ll also be curious to see how the name brand of the iPod will affect the buyer who isn’t sure if they should be a Nano or Classic while they are holding a flash Zune or a Zune 80.

    I think Microsoft would have been better off undercutting each of their competing products rather than matching the price of the competing products.

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