It’s Official: The Zune Zucks

Nov 14th, 2006 | By | Category: Digital Video Downloads, General, iPods & Portable Media Players, Reviews

Early reviews are in on the Microsoft Zune, which debuts today. The consensus is….the Zune zucks.

The Zune has benefited from a tremendous amount of buzz. Unfortunately, it appears that Microsoft’s second attempt at an iPod/iTunes killer suffers seriously in comparision to its 5th generation competition.

  • Engadget has a blow-by-blow walkthrough of installing the Zune software, saying that “Installing the Zune sucked.”
  • PC World says it’s a good first effort, but “the Zune’s features don’t seem compelling enough to make it a serious threat to take a big chunk out of iPod sales.”
  • Popular Mechanics calls the Zune “the husky, ugly cousin of the iPod”.
  • Gizmodo says the brown Zune looks like it’s made of swamp water jello. We’re not sure what that means, but it sounds ugly.
  • USA Today says “it’s no iPod.” Reviewer Edward C. Baig adds “I’d like to see more offerings in the store, and less stringent wireless restrictions. And Microsoft should rethink the silly points system. For now, I’m sticking with iPod.”
  • The New York Times review, by David Pogue, agrees, noting that a list of things that iPods do that Zunes don’t could stretch to Steve Ballmer‚Äôs house and back 10 times.
  • SeattlePI’s review is one of more the positive reviews, but concludes “We hate to send a Dear Zune after such a brief courtship, but at the end of the night there is no doubt who we’re going to go home with” (an iPod).
  • WSJ’s Walt Mossberg liked several aspects of the Zune, but concludes that the “first Zune has too many compromises and missing features to be as good a choice as the iPod for most users.”
  • Business Week calls the Zune “a dismal failure“.

While the first generation Zune has failed to impress most reviewers, Microsoft is already talking about updates to the Zune software and upgraded Zune hardware. It’s likely that Microsoft will make frequent updates to the Zune system in the next year, until it has a platform that has mass-market potential.

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  3. Eric says:

    ” It‚Äôs likely that Microsoft will make frequent updates to the Zune system in the next year, until it has a platform that has mass-market potential.”
    Hmmmm… Sounds to me like they should have dubbed their player “Zune Beta.” Shouldn’t they have been able to figure out what people want by studying the success of the iPod?

    Some gadgets, like the iPod, have evolved over time, but the iPod has always had a strong foundation. The Zune doesn’t look to even have that going for it. “But that’s ok,” says Biull Gates. “Pony up your $250 now and we’ll fix it later!” Think I’ll stick with my iPod, thank you very much!

  4. Jimmy says:

    Well, you may have already forgotten the problems that faced the iPod in the beginning. I’m sure you’ve heard of the battery problems. I would also like to add that iTunes is on version 7 now… that’s 7 solid versions. Also, the iPod was not the first MP3 player nor the first hard-drive based MP3 player…

    Just food for thought.

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  6. TalkALot says:

    It is a word, its just as much a word as say ‘f*ck’ or ‘s*it’, and is just

    simply a perversion of the language.
    if its in the dictionary its a word, bite it.

  7. Amanda says:

    I had a zune for about 5 minutes. literally. i opened it up went to load songs hated how it was set up and returned it and bought an ipod video. bah

  8. Study Guide says:

    Hehe, clever title. Although a there may be somehwat of a consensus against this poor (i.e. pathetic) product some have praised it. So far I maybe the only one ^^

    Anyhow, this fact doesn’t make it official. That would be if Mr. Gate or Ray Ozzie would condemn their product or admit this terrible mistake and thats no Microsoft tradition.

  9. GrandGizmo says:

    Zune zucks! Zorry! No Zune Zeroes to trade music with. Everybody’s got an Apple iPod.

  10. derple says:

    man i fuckin hate the zune, i can't even use it with my macbook

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