MP3 Insider 157: Zune HD withdrawals

After a marathon Zune lovefest last week, Donald and Jasmine come down with...yet more talk about the Zune! Don't worry: it's just a brief update regarding the Zune HD presale, release date, capacity, and pricing.

After a marathon Zune lovefest last week, Donald and Jasmine come down with...yet more talk about the Zune! Don't worry: it's just a brief update regarding the Zune HD presale, release date, capacity, and pricing. Oh, and of course we have to mention the three new colors that will be available. Then, it's on to a little third-gen iPod Touch rumor-mongering, followed by a trip down memory lane with some old-school MP3 players with tempting price tags. Finally, we have a mini in-studio rave with the iBlink headphones.

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Episode 157

Zune HD goes on presale

Third-gen iPod Touch caught on video

Old MP3 players that are worth buying

iBlink: flashy earphones for lenient listeners

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Hi Jasmine & Donald,

I just want to thank you for the GREAT episode on the ZuneHD! I thoroughly enjoyed the questions and scenarios you presented to the Zune rep, and I actually liked his answers. He (sorry, can't remember his name right now) put a real human face to the division of Microsoft that has worked so hard on the Zune, and showed that the team has a real enthusiasm and passion for their product and what they've put into it. A lot of people regard Microsoft as this huge, unfeeling Monolith, and it was nice to see that there are real people, and real music lovers there.

As you suggested it might, the theme of this particular show prompted me to switch to the Video version of the podcast, and I'm glad I did. Even though you weren't able to get a Wi-Fi signal and show off the on-line features of the ZuneHD, what you did demonstrate was stunning, and it was fun seeing the facial reactions of all of you to certain comments!

I have one question that I hope you can address in a future podcast: How difficult will it be for a person such as myself--an ingrained iTunes user with several different iPods--to switch over to, or work with a ZuneHD? I'm aware that any iTunes DRM-protected content I have won't be compatible, but will the ZuneHD play all of the UNprotected formats that the 5th gen. iPod Video or the 3rd gen. iPod Nano will? Will it be extremely difficult to "raid" my iTunes library for the tons of content that is stored there? I think these kinds of questions will make for a great podcast!

I've been a subscriber to your shows for quite a while now - since Episode 80, I believe - and I've enjoyed every single one. Keep up the GREAT work! -- Bob, Providence, RI


 

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