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ipod all the way.... (haven't you been listening to he podcast) the zune's music sharing capabilities are limited to other zunes, and are also totally crippled and useless (shared songs can only be played 3 times before they die and can't be played anymore) and it's squircle can't compare with the ipod's clickwheel. Plus, the zune comes in brown, which should be a warning. Go to http://hideapod.com for more convincing testimony
BTW you would call the mix of the ipod and zune a b**t**d, or perhaps a diseased child
I have a macbook and zunes don't mix well. and i'm an apple fan girl =P
I'm waiting to get one of those new Archos devices. Those things are far better than anything Microsoft or Apple has out, offer more features for the same price, and they're cooler too!
Aren't they huge, like the size of a psp or UMPC?
No. I own an AV500... and its pocketable... it has a 4 inch wide screen and fits my tightest pants...
They are way better than an ipod or zune.. in every feature...
if you think the 605 is big for you... look for the 405.. but im used to big players like the av500 so i dont really mind...
Its half as thick a psp... and way shorter... maybe same height
and definitely smaller than a umpc
I bought the iPod Touch last night....
The iphoria has died off a bit, but I'm still glad I bought it. The Archos Gen 5 players are nice, though. I almost bought the 405 until Apple announced the iPod Touch. I really wanted the iPhone without the phone, and I got it.
Zune is not mac friendly. Or podcast friendly.
zune and outside music
Can you add music on the zune at all? I haven't heard of any software that does it.
Microsoft has software.....
Just a quick one. MP3s and CDs added fine.
First I've heard "not podcast friendly". How is that? Seems to me that the podcast is just another mp3 when all is said and done, so I wouldn't have expected any differentiation.
You could manually download all those podcasts in mp3 format if you really wanted to... I won't wait for it though... The zune has no podcast downloading/updating/syncing software, making it different from pretty much every other mp3 player on the planet
What about WMP11?
I don't like it so much myself--especially inability to auto-(re)tag stuff, but I've fallen into a pretty straightforward setup--I have a Zen Vision: M--no great shakes with its' software either, tho I really like the player--so I use IPodder to schedule the dl's every midnight (all as mp3's except for the CNET TV vidcast)with WMP setup for that directory and its' subs. I connect my player every morning and it synchs right up. I wouldn't have to do anymore than just connect except for the fact that I don't like some of the tags (some of the NPR stuff doesn't label as a "podcast" and my little concrete mind just can't handle that!) so I spend like 10 seconds renaming stuff before I synch.
FWIW, very automatic at this point, and it was pretty easy to get there. End up with non-proprietary stuff I can play anywhere and anytime. Haven't listened to my car radio in months! All helps keep me in my happy place.
Couldnt you just download...
...a separate podcast program? There's a lot of them that will download your podcasts and put them on your player if you wish (Juice comes to mind)
My inability to change
is apparent. Juice = IPodder. I knew that somewhere deep in my head, but the name of the program has not changed on my system, despite getting the latest updates, so I just can't seem to make the switch in the name.
Its a solid, set-and-forget program without a huge number of bells and whistles. You might have to spend a minute or two finding the 'casts sites so as to enter them in Juice, which iTunes would apparently sometimes do more easily for you (I usually get the site in one click after Google search, so I'm not even convinced of the great superiority of iTunes there), but staying away from the prorietary (and now forced upgrades?) has seemed a very good trade-off to me.
The whole reason a podcast is called a podcast...
Is because itunes completely automates the process.... Why if not for that I doubt many people would go to the trouble of listening to podcasts.
But I don't use iTunes for podcasts...
True, at one point I did, but that was pretty much all I used iTunes for at the time. I don't even own an iPod. Now I either listen to BOL from the web site or through the software that came with my creative zen. I know I may be more of an exception than the rule, but I think a lot of podcasts may be "discovered" by people on iTunes but it's not necessarily the means through which they get them.
As most people have ipods
And itunes automatically downloads and puts it on the ipod for you...
I don't think many people have a reason to use anything else.
Got the Pod
The Zune comes from a company that has both cost me money and makes software that doesn't do the job, wastes my time with false validity alarms, and doesn't offer functional support for their own problems. With that track record why the heck would I spend money on a Zune that won't sync, won't work right, won't pass validation, and won't be supported if it's broken?
I'm sorry, but I just can't get over the squircle... iPod for the win!
Except for the wooters who got it for a steal, and MS employees who were banned from ipods, does anybody own a Zune? I have never seen one in the wild and if anyone asked me to squirt them a song, I think I'd punch them.
A Creative Zen
My wife wants a nano (Which she calls affectionately the "iFat"). I wanted a touch for a while, but I'm going to end up getting a Zen. The touch is too expensive for the amount of space it has and the Zen has more features. Also, I'm not quite ready to migrate to a touchscreen interface just yet. I'm one of those dinosaurs that likes to be able to change the track without having to look at the player.