I don?t have an iPod and was not familiar with MP3 players. I bought an on sale $199 Zune and just assumed that as the Zune is a MS product the file system would be like Win Explorer. Wrong.
For some reason the whole MP3 player world wants to tie you to albums and artwork. Maybe there is a hack to get around this but I haven?t looked for it yet.
http://www.zunefaq.net/ has a FAQ section and a forum that answers some questions.
After loading the software (won?t run on 2000PRO) a ?zune? directory is placed in mydocs\mymusic. Songs off of the store load into this directory and when you copy ripped .wav CDs or directories full of mp3s into this directory it pokes it into the library when you fire up the software. Plug in the Zune vie usb cable and the music in the library is ready to sync into it. You have a chance to fix and edit the album info and art before you do the sync. You just have to keep hacking on it until you get it to work like you want to.
The Zune software goes out to the WWW to find album art for mp3s. It takes a few moments. You can move songs to other albums and delete songs from the library.
I put in a ?Best of? album and it created 4 different albums with art work. The header info have all of this in it. I have not ripped any CDs into the Zune software as of yet. It will probably be fun I?m sure.
Bottom lie is you have complete control of what you put on the Zune but it?s not real user friendly. I drive a mouse at the gig all day and am a PC Guru in training so hacking with software is not that much a jump for me.
The Zune has very good vid and sound. The controls are easy to master and the device looks like it will last a long time.
I have decided to quit buying all DRM?d music. I bought several iTnnes songs to play on my PC but have no plans to buy an iPod. The Zune store has a point system and the buy is very simple but it is DRM?d music.
So, first just check the wires then just keep on hacking?
Couple times in recent epsiodes have had callers and email about how awful an experience they had in trying to get a newly purchased Zune working. The one guy said something like he had to spend all day "beating on the software". Based on the strong anti-Zune comments everytime the word is mentioned, I have to assume that there are others who are on this forum who had bad experiences.
I would really like to hear some details--what kind of problems? Locking the system? Won't synch? Hate the store? I may be shopping soon, some of the features like wi-fi are interesting, but can't ignore all the hate out there. But never really any specifics behind it, aside from it being brown which, c'mon--really? If you base your decision on that shallow an issue, I'm no going to follow you anyway!