Zune experience

So I’ve been playing around with my new Zune player.

I’ve listened to a ton of music, converted and watched movies on it and I’ve shown pictures of my family to grandmothers and other relatives. I love my Zune player, seriously!

Yesterday I was at Patrick Bes who has one of the many different iPod versions. He told me he couldn’t just download MP3s from internet and upload them to his iPod. The problem is, he has many MP3s that aren’t available at iTunes, like old C64 chiptunes and other stuff that’s not commercially sold. Not being able to upload these just plain sucks. I’ve been able to upload everything I want to my Zune player.

I’ve also converted some movies I own to my Zune player. Some great pixar videos that are available on the internet, as well as Star Wars Episode III for example. The quality is great. You can choose to convert them 19:6 as they’re originally, or use pan&scan which results in a full-screen movie, which is highly preferable. And with 30GB on board you can upload all 6 episodes! 😉
The only problem is that the screen just isn’t all that to really watch movies on. Someone suggested to use it to watch webcasts or such. I’ll have to try and see if those can be converted. It would be a great service by Microsoft if they’d offer them in MP4 Zune format by default!

The device itself is very solid. Besides the movies, the screen is great to show info on the song it’s playing including album art. It’s also good enough to show photos. The menu is also really easy to understand. However I already miss the menu from before the 1.2 firmware upgrade. The new menu doesn’t show all options in a list, but flips between the available options on the same screen with other options. They must’ve changed it because of the extra push of the button.

Talking about the buttons, there are enough to work with the device. I think it could’ve used some more buttons just to get more functionality out of the menu. But as iPod doesn’t have the extra buttons my Zune has, I can’t complain!

Although it’s not really large, you’ll probably have difficulties dragging it around, especially during the summer while walking or riding a bike. My problem is, there aren’t any accessories coming to Europe until the end of 2007. So I can’t get a cord for around the neck or something. Also adapters aren’t available, I can only charge the battery using a USB port.

It’s definitely a keeper for now! I’m happy!

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6 Responses

  1. Patrick Bes says:

    I am able to upload my old MP3 music to my IPod. But my problem was i always had to use the crappy ITunes software. I could upload mp3 using the file system but the Ipod would not recognize it as a music file. After a tip from Elias i updated my IPod with a new firmware and I now use RockBox, i’m now able to upload Music file using the file system and not through ITunes, this is much better.. But i have to say Dennis his Zune looks and works great!

  2. I know Patrick, but updating firmware isn’t something I prefer. I also don’t think ordinary people will update their firmware.

    The latest Zune firmware caused a significant performance improvement for browsing the music library. I wouldn’t want to miss out on it.

    On the other hand, I _do_ like RockBox and it’s blue/white MSX ascii look 😉

  3. Chi Wai Man says:

    I didn’t update my firmware and I still can upload my mp3’s without any problems. Just use Xplay! Xplay Rules.

  4. dan says:

    I have a zune player.I just want to know how to convert various video formats into WMV format.Is this software free.

  5. Dan, I have no idea. I used commercial software but found it hard even with software that was called “DVD2Zune” or “AVI2ZUNE” convertors. They converted to something, but when syncing the converted files with my Zune Player, it started converting them AGAIN…

  6. jjamdog says:

    i just got a zune and i cant put songs on it they dont play well please help me the songs dont even know how to upload them

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