Zune Battery Life Details Released

While visiting the Zune Insider blog I noticed, several posts deep, information I have been waiting on for months to answer my last remaining burning question: How is the battery life?

Well, it appears Zune battery life will be much better than expected:

  • Music
    • With wireless disabled: 14 hours (max)
    • With wireless enabled: 13 hours (max)
  • Video/Pictures: 4 hours (max)

How did the individuals responsible for the above numbers achieve the 14 hour result?

  1. Wireless set to off
  2. 128 kbps WMA files ripped from an average-length album
  3. Playback set to repeat
  4. EQ (equalizer) set to none
  5. Volume level set to default
  6. Backlight timer set to 1 second
  7. No other activity during playback (e.g., navigation, pictures, pause, etc.)

While this configuration is not very real-world, benchmarks typically aren’t since they are also meant to be repeatable. I’m going to take the numbers at face value with the typical “lab results may differ from real-world use” grain of salt.

With that last vestige of concern put to rest, our household will be buying two Zune’s as soon as possible — even TB is excited about her (yet-to-be-purchased) Zune which is kinda weird. At least I know I will have one person to share songs with. Scratch that. I don’t want any Anita Baker tracks messing up my Zune experience.

No Anita Baker on my Zune

Seattle is America’s Most-Educated City

According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 52.7% of Seattle’s 25-and-over residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher, making Seattle the most-educated city in the United States.

Here are the top 5 most-educated U.S. cities based on this year’s data:

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Raleigh, NC
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Austin, TX

The article linked above provides some interesting analysis on why these cities top the list (high-tech industries & nearby universities) and how the virtuous cycle created by successful employers who attract an educated workforce which boosts the local economy and allows the employers to bring more educated talent into the area.

There is always a cost to being at the top.  The downside for living in the most-educated cities is our favorite friend, Cost of Living. (Don’t let the “no state income tax” fool you.) These same cities ranked in the exact same order in last year’s data as well. This reinforces the idea that education is a gift that keeps on giving while the lack of education creates inertia that is difficult to overcome.

Sadly, most would agree Seattle is just the best of the worst since the U.S. doesn’t rank anywhere near the top 5 in most-educated nations using any metric. Well, that’s not entirely true. I’m sure we’d kick butt on a multiple choice test about pop culture. Did you hear Nicole Richie can’t weight? (That was wrong. She’s suffering. I’m sorry. Get whale soon, Nicole!)