Microsoft has recently released the new versions of their Zune media device. Their original Zune was released with mixed reviews and the size and brown color option were the two negatives I have heard the most. On the positive, the original Zune had an exceptional screen. This was pre iPhone and iPod Touch, so for once Microsoft had something first. The Zune did marginally well, but never put a dent in iPod sales.
These second generation Zunes have been very well received. They have been updated inside and out and the software that you use to sync with the Zune has also been completely re-done. There are two options for the new Zunes, as are in the iPod world. You can get a 4 or 8 GB flash based player or you can go for the 80GB hard drive based player. One feature I am particularly excited to check out is the ability to sync over WiFi. This could make updating very easy for my “always in the truck” audio player.
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Aside from the massive updates in the new Zunes, one of the more notable updates relates to the first generation Zune. Microsoft decided to extend the software upgrade from the second genration Zune BACKWARDS. This means you can buy a first generation Zune and upgrade it to the most current software. The only things you don’t get from this, obviously, are the hardware upgrades that the new Zunes have been given. On a budget? You can get most of the bang of a new Zune by plunking down less than a hundred dollars. Yes, the original Zune is larger and doesn’t have the sweet touch sensitive controls, but it’s enough of an incentive that I have been shopping around for a first generation Zune.
And guess what? I WANT the brown one!