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Zune vs iPod comparison - Microsoft Zune is iPod killer? Let's compare Zune and iPod from photos, technical specifications and key features, including price, video, audio playback, wireless, wifi, fm radio, etc.
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Zune vs iPod Comparison

Zune is an iPod killer? How does Microsoft Zune player stack up against Apple's latest video iPods? According to iPod's and Zune's Specification, let's compare them side by side. Both Zune and iPod have different kinds of models. Let's take Zune 30GB and iPod 80GB for example.

Zune vs iPod photo comparison

zune and ipod stacked comparison
zune and ipod side by side comparison
Result: Screen size on the Zune is a slightly larger 3-inches than iPod's 2.5-inches, and iPod is slightly thinner, shorter than Zune, while both have the same width.

Zune vs iPod specifications comparison

Features/Specifications Zune iPod More details
Vendor Microsoft Apple  
Manufacturer Japanese - Toshiba Chinese - Inventec  
Price $249.99 (30GB) $249 (30GB)
$349 (80GB)
Colors White, black, brown white, black  
Display 3" LCD, 320x240 2.5" LCD, 320x240 iPod features a 2.5 inch diagonal screen, while the Zune has a slightly larger 3.0 inch diagonal screen.
Height/Width 4.4 x 2.4 inches 4.1 x 2.4 inches  
Weight 5.6 ounces 4.8 ounces (30GB)
5.5 ounces (80GB)
Depth 0.58 inches 0.43 inch (30GB)
0.55 inch (80GB)
PC / Mac PC only Mac and PC Zune only supports Windows. iPod, on the other hand, supports both Windows and Macs.
FM raido tuner Yes No FM Radio Capability - Zune comes with a built-in FM tuner. If you want to listen to radio on your iPod, you have to buy an accessory.
Audio and Video playback Yes Yes  
Audio formats WMA, MP3, AAC AAC, MP3, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV  
Video formats H.264, MPEG-4, WMV H.264, M4v, MP4, MOV, MPEG-4  
Image formats JPEG JPEG, BMP  
Podcast Playback YES YES  
Tactile Control YES No  
Scroll Wheel No YES The iPod clickwheel is simple to use, and an intuitive interface. The Zune circular buttons, are merely a directional pad. While video of the Zune UI looks stylish and eye catching, without a “clickwheel” styled nav control, it won’t be as smooth as the iPod.
Battery life Unknown 14 hours (3-1/2 for video) (30GB)
20 hours (5-1/2 for video) (80GB)
Battery Li-Ion rechargeable
Li-Ion rechargeable,
The iPod sports a 14/4 hour battery life, while Microsoft’s Zune comes in just slightly under with 12 hours of power.
Connectivity USB 2.0, Wireless USB 2.0  
Wireless community features "DJ" - streaming audio to up to 4 other nearby players. Sharing of promotional copies of songs to other nearby players No WiFi Connectivity - The current iPod features no Wifi connectivity whatsoever, Zune, however, is 802.11g Wifi enabled.
Wireless 802.11b/g No  
File Sharing YES No  
Landscape Video YES No  
Portrait Video YES YES  
Preloaded Audio YES No  
Preloaded Video YES No  
Custom Background YES No  
Online Service Zune Marketplace iTunes With iTunes, if you want to buy music, it will cost you .99 cents per song, or you can purchase by the album. With Zune, you’ll be able to choose from buying songs individually, or purchasing an “all-you-can-eat” subscription, allowing you to listen to as much music as you want.
XBOX Marketplace Integration YES No  
3rd Party Accessories YES YES  
Special Edition No U2  

Result: If the social aspects of Zune are appealing to you, and you’re a Windows user, then Zune is probably your best choice. If you’re not interested in the Wifi features, you will definetly want to look at the iPod, but in several important areas (screen size, download choice, price…) Zune is a clear winner. The new Zune HD will be release in fall. Our DVD to Zune HD converter, DVD to iPad software is released.

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