Apple’s iPod now has fierce competition with its Microsoft counterpart, the Zune.
Microsoft’s answer to portable media and entertainment, the Zune was designed to be used with
an online music store like iTunes for Ipod. Zune, frankly, is the heavyweight loser
in the ring with the undisputed champion, The Ipod. With an extended viewing area and Wi-Fi
Zune access to Zune, the Zune is becoming the favorite finisher with the ability to
take out the competition Those Apple iPod users need to know, the Zune shows more maturity
than one might think!
According to Microsoft, the Zune connects to their version of the iTunes store called
Zune Market. Microsoft has announced that it will buy songs from iPod users who
they are changing in an effort to get them to turn the sides into this portable multimedia
war. The Zune marketplace places a heavy emphasis on the indie rock band, as well as featuring
shades of local artists. The music provided for the Zune Marketplace is provided by large
giants like EMI, Warner Music Group, Sony BMG and Universal Music Group. of Apple
The storefront continues to grow in its selection, however, with the Microsoft washout
ad dollars to buy songs from iPod users, Apple had better not turn a blind eye to the
supremacy that Microsoft is trying to establish.
If Microsoft’s expanded marketplace wasn’t enough, letting users connect their Zunes
to your Xbox 360 might sweeten the deal. Allow users to download your songs
directly to your 360 is a pretty cool move by Microsoft. You do not have to
create two separate playlists when Zune users can create them on their PC once and once
only. This can only complement your party tricks as you can use Xbox visualizations as
party in sight without having to set up your music again on your Xbox.
With the Zune player’s compatibility with its Xbox cousin, download and share
music throughout your house will be simply standard for any serious home entertainment
The reality of the situation, however, will lead users to pay monthly for their Zune
Market Subscription. Songs can be purchased individually or have an unlimited number
download option for a few dollars extra. With premium content and emphasis on the local.
artists, finding what you want to listen to will also be a hassle. On the swing side,
there are other distribution networks that only require a single fee for an unlimited number
download lifetime. These programs vary in price and quality, but still offer a
Gold standard compared to the default Zune network. Having used the Microsoft store,
users continually turn to these options as viable sources for maintaining their Zunes and
their wallets full. For a complete list of these programs that offer more, visit