Zune vs iPod: The 5 Year Battle for Souls

Steven Levy didn't just find out how to meet women using iPods. He writes an article comparing the Zune vs. iPod battle as one that'll be sorted only after 5 years, much like J Allard's Xbox and its stand against Sony's Playstation 2. Clearly, that battle has been going well for J, against all odds. So who knows what we'll be listening to by 2011.

The fight is in some way about video vs music in portable players. J Allard's Zune has a bigger screen, and he's told us personally that the Zune is heavily video focused. Meanwhile, Steve makes it very clear that...

the games, video, podcasts, and audiobooks are only tangential:

it's hard to imagine that music is not the epicenter of the iPod, for a long, long, long, long, long time. I was very lucky to grow up in a time when music really mattered. It wasn't just something in the background; It really changed the world. I think that music faded in importance for a while. Music is so deep within all of us, but it's easy to go for a day or a week or a month or a year without really listening to music. And the iPod has changed that for tens of millions of people, and that makes me really happy, because I think music is good for the soul.

Kinda makes me gush in a very un-gawker like way. This is why the fanboys worship His Jobbiness. Are you going to pick up a Zune when they hit in about a month?–Brian Lam

Trying Apple's Tune [Newsweek]