Will you buy a Zune?

16 11 2006

Zune is now up for sale! For those of you who haven’t heard of the Zune, it’s Microsoft answer to Apple’s iPod. Will Filipino flock to buy this new toy or will they stay with their beloved iPod? That question may not be answered for a long time since Microsoft products take months before we can see them at local tech stores. The US price is $249 and probably this will sell here for PHP 15K to 20K.

Zune offers some nifty features that is not available for the iPod, these are:

  • It has a built-in FM tuner.
  • The ability to send photos and music files through Wi-Fi. One drawback though is that you have to share it with another Zune player and music files expire within 3 days or after listening for 3 times.
  • The ability to play music and view photos, well this feature is in the current iPods
  • Wider screens compare to iPods which means good for viewing videos
  • The ability to let the user customized the Zune background

Is Zune for you?

I asked a couple of my friends if they will grab a Zune when it hits the Philippines’ shore and I got some pretty interesting replies. One friend of mine, sort of Microsoft fanboy, admitted that he still wants an iPod and is waiting for the supposedly large screen iPods because the Zune just looks big and looks heavy. Another friend of mine was interested but stated that he is turned-off by its size. When I dropped the bomb that the Zune cannot be used as an external hard drive and the 3×3 Wi-Fi feature then it was clear that he was pretty much under whelmed by it.

Will Pinoy embrace Zune?

This question is really hard to answer, but judging by the sheer number of people who uses iPod these days, then Zune has an uphill battle. iPods have been synonymous with being “cool” and Pinoys love to be “cool”. The good thing though is that a Pinoy is a social being and they may be psych up by the whole photo and music sharing. And since their is no iTunes Music Store here in the Philippines, everything is free-for-all, so the iTMS-iPod ecosystem does not hold ground here, and that maybe one of Zune’s advantage.

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