Ipod vs Zune

Discussion in 'Other MP3 Players' started by hank-the-dwarf, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. TOM C.

    TOM C. Member

    T"he only reason that I can see they don't want to support it is so they can lock you into their iTunes service."

    Right, You are lock up by apple if you use iTunes
  2. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    To me there are plenty reasons not to support WMA and YES MS does charge all these players royalty fees for using that codec. Don't you ever be fooled into thinking they give it away for free. They may have started out that way initially to get it off the ground. Anyway... its your music, you have to do what makes you happy.

    In regards to Apple, they have always sort of gone their own way, mostly they have done this to keep quality control levels high and they have successfully achieved that where you have many others that have not. I don't think most mind being locked into iTunes because it is a ever growing and very user friendly environment. The standards have never been ditched because Apple comes out with something better. The only exception being the charging system on their iPod which went from Firewire to USB. But then they warned users for 2 years prior to making that change. Microsoft sold Play for Sure up to the day they released the Zune, then when folks went out and bought them found out they were no longer able to use their Play For Sure all you could eat services that they purchased. MS is about as anti-customer friendly as you can be.
  3. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    How am I locked into iTunes, I buy from Amazon and Rhapsody all the time and in fact The Rhapsody software actually sees my iPod and the Amazon download softare actually automaticall copies the music directly to iTunes for me to copy to the device. Doesn't get any easier than this.

    I can even drag and drop WMA's and they will be automatically converted to AAC or MP3's whichever I prefer.

    iTunes just makes using the iPod very, very easy and works seemlessly with the device. It is one of the reasons the iPod has been so successful and with what over 70 percent of the market. Apparently folks don't care about being locked in if that is what you want to call it.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2008
  4. Manco

    Manco Active Member

    The only neater feature that I can imagine than this is if it played it without converting the file. Conversion between formats can degrade the quality.
  5. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    It can if done with a poor codec, but does not with the AAC codec. In fact I could pretty much guarantee that you couldn't tell the difference.
  6. KTMCDO

    KTMCDO Member

    my first mp3 player was the ipod mini 6gb
    good player battery cant keep a full charge now
    then i got the creative zen micro and micro pro
    not much storage on these good for what it is thou
    sirius s100 still ticking offers good SQ software that
    came with this player suck IMO
    out of these i will give it to the ipod
    but soon i will have to say zune
    since it will be new and battery will
    keep a charge
  7. KTMCDO

    KTMCDO Member

    so far i am really impressed by the amazon mp3 music service
    and the price is quite reasonable imo
    and yes it does download automatically into
    itunes
  8. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    It will download to both, you can select either iTunes or Windows Media Player. Price wise Amazon is generally always cheaper than Apple and Apple still has a lot of AAC DRM protected music that they offer. They want to keep folks locked into iTunes as long as they can.
  9. KTMCDO

    KTMCDO Member

    they have some older albums as well
    i downloaded rumors by fleetwood mac
    last night

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