Don't get mad, get even. I must say I didn't like the "review" Ryan Block gave the new Zune today on the engadget.com website. Maybe it's because I own an Apple iPod Video 80GB. Maybe it's because I own a Playstation portable (PSP). It might be because I own the Creative Zen Vision W. Or it could possibly be because I own the Archos 605 WIFI. And it's very likely because I own the Microsoft Zune 80GB player and am a Microsoft employee. Damn straight it is.
I think I'm pretty qualified to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a portable media player. I own many of the top players on the market and understand their nuances. It might be that I learned to do fair and balanced evaluations of hardware and software while working at another company before joining Microsoft. As a result, it really irks me to see Ryan rant on about how bad the Zune is. Apparently it irked a lot of other people, too. They turned off comments after about 130. Nice. Come on Ryan, there's plenty to like and it will be a solid competitor this holiday season. Sorry you didn't get the Zune 80 to play with. Come check mine out.
As you can clearly see in the picture, I am running the Zune software on my Apple MacBook Pro with Leopard. In fact, it's the 64 bit version of the Zune software (2.1.888 to be precise). So it isn't accurate to say you can't use a Zune with an Apple computer or OS X. If you click the pic, you'll get the full size version and see more detail.
And for those of you that are skeptical the pic is real, trust me it is a full screen capture I did just a few minutes ago. If you look really carefully, you can see how. Or simply read back through my blog and you'll figure it out. I'll probably get some screencast software installed to my Mac soon, then I can show ya for real.
Zune potential customers, you are going to dig the Zune software and device. I snagged an 80GB Zune at the CircuitCity near my house this morning. I think we took an awesome step forward. I'll give you a serious run down on my impressions soon. I need to do some transcoding tests first so I can take some video with me on the road.
Read all of the reviews on the grid. I think you'll find the vast majority of the reviews are very very positive. There's a reason for that. Oh, and before I forget, if someone spots a kewl kickstand case for my Zune 80, let me know.