Vamshidhar Kommineni

December 1, 2006

Zune a complete failure?

Filed under: Microsoft — Vamshi @ 1:04 am

Well, at least the Chicago Sun Times thinks so. From the article:

"Avoid, is my general message. The Zune is a square wheel, a product that’s so absurd and so obviously immune to success that it evokes something akin to a sense of pity…Microsoft’s colossal blunder was to knock the user out of that question and put the music industry in its place. Result: The Zune will be dead and gone within six months. Good riddance."

This article has in turn garnered a lot of press including being slashdotted (naturally). It’s interesting that the author doesn’t write about the device capabilities or pros/cons in a balanced fashion. He sees fit to rant and rail in a fashion befitting a blog rather than a (semi) respected newspaper. I particularly love the last statement. I would love to see us maintain a commitment to improving and have this guy and others like him eat crow over the next few years. Even the Zune, which people have seen fit to write off, has one interesting ace up it’s sleeve: upgradable firmware and a willingness from the team behind it to add new features. I believe that stuff that is missing can and will be added over time.

A more balanced review of the Zune is here:,1558,2061973,00.asp

By the way, to offer a non-Microsoft choice, I also really like the Sansa e200 series of players, particularly if you’re looking for a smaller player for working out and such. The iRiver Clix is another interesting player. And I don’t really hate iPods. I think they’re well designed devices with a typical (good) Apple eye for design. The only turnoff for me is the lack of subscription based music. I listen to a lot of random bands that I usually hear first on KEXP, without necessarily wanting the commitment of buying all the music.

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