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Doug's Mailbag: Defending Zune

After Doug took a jab at Microsoft's media player, readers chimed in with their support for the hardware and software:

I play music on my phone using the Zune player.
Sent from my Windows Phone.
-Anonymous

I have a 120 GB Zune and love it. It has around 10,000 songs, pictures and movies. I prefer it over a smartphone 'cause I believe a mobile phone is for making calls -- not hearing music. The space is limited for storage, and a mobile phone has a life of two years in average. A player last longer. Also if you use too much your phone for multimedia purposes, when it comes to make a call, you won't have enough battery for that primary purpose. That's my opinion.
-Jorge

Interesting...I am probably one of the few people in the world who own a Zune. I've never been able to share music wireless with my friends. They all have iPods.  Don't really play music on my phone.  Need the battery power for apps.
-Anonymous

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Posted by Doug Barney on 12/12/2011 at 1:18 PM


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Reader Comments:

Mon, Dec 12, 2011 Cris

It was strange I thought I was the only one who had a Zune at my old highschool but when I first took physics I say there were two other students who had one. One had a Zune HD like mine and a girl had an older Zune. I once showed this one girl in my sculpture class my Zune she had never seen one and didn't know what it was she liked it and said it was pretty... I could tell it was her first time playing with one because she was sort of joking that I had pictures of a female artist on it. She didn't know that's one of the features of the Zune HD it gathers artist pictures. :). The main reason I believe the Zune failed was because of Microsoft. They never really did seem to market the thing I mean how many non techie people will actually know what Zune is besides a marketplace on XBox.

Mon, Dec 12, 2011 GrifterX Maryland

I've had a 32GB ZuneHD for over a year now and still really like it. It holds most of music collection along with a bunch of podcast that I use in my car for my daily commute. I use the Zune for playing music and podcasts rather than my iPhone because of the drain of battery life. If the iPhone's battery lasted several days (like the iPad), then I would probably just use that device for everything, (i.e. phone calls, calendar, apps, music and podcasts). However, I will say I really like the form factor of the ZuneHD, it just fits easily in any pocket.

Mon, Dec 12, 2011 H McD

I first want to start off by saying this message is being written from my ZuneHD.
Zunes are the best media players available. I mean the main purpose of mp3 players is to listen to music. Microsoft made the Zune to focus around music, I mean zune music players sound quality out does apples ipod (a bad excuse for a music player) anyday. Also Zune has many cool features that people don't take advantage of like beaming music to one another and sharing music from there Zune device to there xbox. The only reason Zune didn't last is because Microsoft never advertised properly and they didn't have the apps people wanted.

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