Ever since my iPod died a few months ago (you can’t ride with it in your pocket in the pouring rain for hours – imagine!) I’ve taken a step back and looked at all these bills and asked myself, “How can I get this in control?”
My current monthly consumption:
|Amazon used CDs||$30 average||Nice to have the “hard version” in my permanent collection||Expensive, have to rip to be portable.|
|Siruis Satellite radio (car)||$12||Lots of variety. Madison (DJ).||Reception and sound quality are terrible. Can’t get reception in my house.|
|Live365 on Tivo||Free (my Tivo has lifetime subscription)||Variety, unique. DIY broadcasting = ecclectic programming||Tivo bonks sometimes (read error). Sound quality isn’t great.|
|iPod (RIP)||Free to play current music, but bought a lot of CDs to get new music||Large capacity fit almost my entire music collection. Easy UI. Had dock in living room hooked up to surround sound – sweet.||Doesn’t take batteries, could run out when on the go (airplane, motorcycle, gym). I get tired of my music collection and can’t get new music on the run.|
|Crappy $20 flash MP3 player I got on ebay and use on my motorcycle||Free||Very small. Cheap. Convenient USB connector. Finally got Media Player playlist to random synch. Takes AAA batteries – I keep a bunch of rechargables on me.||Awful UI. Incredibly frustrating. Only 2 gigs of space and my music was ripped at high quality therefore large file sizes limit selection. This makes long trips excruciating.|
So I hear the new Zune will solve all my problems – the subscription model is very intriguing. Essentially, you pay $25 and download all the music you want and can play it as long as your subscription is active. Seems like a lot of money but I can replace the Sirius and CD purchases with it.
These photos of the custom engravings they are offering look really cool. I don’t think I would get mine engraved because it would probably be in a case all the time. Then again, if the hardware’s surface was more durable than the ipod’s then I might not need to do that. Well, maybe I should get something more waterproof 😉
The early reviews even say it beats the iPod! Right on!
The new Zune is trimmer, has a larger screen and increased capacity. Add its wireless abilities to the equation and you’ve got a player that (gasp!) trumps Apple’s iPod classic.
The Zune has blossomed from an ugly duckling into a worthy iPod alternative. Having survived its freshman hazing, the Zune is back for its sophomore revenge, and the iPod has every reason to be frightened. With a new design, higher capacity, wireless sync capability, larger screen, and integrated support for audio and video podcasts, the new 80GB Zune ($249) is finally giving everyone a true alternative to the iPod.