Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
The Belkin Acrylic Case ($29.99) delivers exactly what you want in a Zune case: protection, convenience, and a play-through design. Just pop your Zune inside the clear, seemingly indestructible shell, and it can live there permanently, thanks to a pass-through port that allows for syncing and charging. A removable pivoting clip attaches the case to your belt or props it up for photo/video viewing--a clever design. Unfortunately, the clip on our sample tended to pop loose a little too easily. Hopefully that's an isolated issue, because this case is a winner in every other respect.