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IPOD doomed by new Microsoft Zune?

by todayis1 / August 3, 2006 7:04 PM PDT

Microsoft have officially announced their new WiFi MP3 player is to be called Zune.
This is an amazing product that if thought to be ready before xmas this year. If the
product is released before xmas it will have a profound affect on IPOD sales. This
is good for anyone wanting to cash in on this since new business oppotunities are
now opening up.

I'm thinking of buying some domain names as I think I could make some money out of this. I
was going through a whole list of names on Sedo and came across domains such as 'ZuneAdvisor.com' and 'buy-zunes.com'.

http://www.sedo.com/search/searchresult.php4?lan=us&rel=5&pagesize=100&keyword=zune&kws=2&cc=com&cat=60405&no_hyphen=0&no_numeral=0&no_idn=1&default_idn=1&checkedprojects=1&checkeddomains=1&search_language=e&resultid=&start=100&tracked=&partnerid=&language=us&session=617240%23b7d7a958f518bb71ee8968f08f70e7ca


Ted.

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I don't know if I'd count on the Zune TOO much
by woohoo22 / August 4, 2006 4:39 AM PDT

Call me crazy, but with my (minimal) background knowledge, Apple products tend to be more stable than Microsoft. I honestly don't see Microsoft making too much of a difference in this market.

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Zune vs iPod
by bevillan / August 4, 2006 4:44 AM PDT

MS knows that it will not supplant Apple as the #1 mp3 manufacturer in even 5 years. They are pumping a ton of money into getting themselves going, however. What MS is doing right: 1) offering to give any song that one purchased on iTunes for free via their future service to any Zune owner. 2) using their PlayforSure techonology so you do not have to worry about file compatability issues between file types.

The first gen Zunes will probably have some issues, but I have been very impressed with their other hardware venture (Xbox/Xbox360) so I will give MS a chance. Eventually they will need to include a FM/AM radio receiver in it to compete with iPod, in my opinion.

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Fools Gold
by daveworld / August 4, 2006 11:11 PM PDT
In reply to: Zune vs iPod

"1) offering to give any song that one purchased on iTunes for free via their future service to any Zune owner. 2) using their PlayforSure techonology so you do not have to worry about file compatability issues between file types."

From what I read, PlaysForSure will not be supported. And if they are going to give me the same songs I purchase on iTunes, that's great! I still wont give up my iPod.

"The first gen Zunes will probably have some issues, but I have been very impressed with their other hardware venture (Xbox/Xbox360) so I will give MS a chance."

What does that say about a company where everyone expect their first gen stuff to be crap??? Why can't their first gen products be a winner, are we test monkeys?

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Hold your horses - Sedo promoter
by daveworld / August 4, 2006 10:55 PM PDT

How about letting MS prove themselves this time around. They hyped Origami to a point where everyone got excited, only to be let down once release. Tablet PC the same hyping that has not taken off. Spot, MSNTV (aka - WebTV), Butterfly (AOL Competitor), MSN Music (Originally hyped to be the iTunes killer), WMP (same hyping). PlaysForSure that did not quite play for sure, only sometimes. Now they are moving away from that to their own 'closed' system.

Why do you think this will be any different?


PS: How much is Sedo paying you?

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Not for everyone
by orangedaisy / August 5, 2006 6:03 AM PDT

I agree that the zune sounds great at the moment but at the price point, it might not attract the mass market like the iPod.

The price is rumoured to be $399 for 30gb, the same as the 60gb iPod. Therefore, the average consumer may well go for the iPod due to the price and well known brand.

The zune however is aimed more at geeks than the mass market. This could however be a good move.

The iPod has a stranglehold on the market, and for the average consumer, if the zune was launched at a similar price per MB as the ipod with only slightly better features, they might well instinctively go for the ipod.

The zune's features seem to target a different audience, albielt a farily small onewhich could allow them to assert their dominance in another sector of the market.

Though MS has said that the zune is a direct compettitor to the ipod, in my mind the target audience for each product is very different.

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