Zune vs. iPod: About the Same Size, Both Stuck in 4:3

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Here's a couple of accurate comparisons that clear up any misconceptions you might have about the Zune compared to the iPod. In that first picture on the left, you can see that the Zune's half-inch larger screen is in the same aspect ratio as the iPod's: old-style 4:3. And even though the Zune's screen is depicted in press photos as being sharper than the iPod's, both have a resolution of 320x240.


The second comparison is of the physical size of the iPod and Zune, where their width is just about the same but the Zune is just a little bit taller. Seems like the general impression was that the Zune was much bigger than the iPod. Well, it is, but not by much. Anyway, guys, let's have a 16:9 screen next, mkay?

Zune vs iPod, a few interesting notes [Your Technology Slavior]

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...because the thing i need most while searching for a song in traffic is a splendiferous vista alpha channel interface.

...because the person wearing headphones, ignoring the world at large, is keen to share their music with any and every body on the streets.

My iPod already works with my xbox, as does my Mac. By this point, the people that have a need for an mp3 player either have an ipod or they don't, but they probably have something. The only way Microsoft will be competitive is if they offer things that the iPod doesn't do out of the box, like voice recording, more compatibilty, less restrictions, higher res video, lower/more competitive price point.

HD is a non-issue when talking about portable music players. It's like looking at a toaster and getting upset because it doesn't make french fries.