Zune Update

As promised two posts ago, I ordered a Zune 80 from Zune Originals late last week. It has officially shipped from China and will arrive on or before this coming Tuesday, December 11. My older brother, who is currently serving our country in Qatar, had me order one for him also, so there are now at least two “May the Funk be with You,” Colletivo designed Zune 80s in circulation.

In other news, this week C|Net published a Microsoft Zune 80 vs. Apple iPod classic prizefight, pitting the devices head-to-head in 5 categories: Navigation, Sexiness, Compatibility, Sound and Science and Wallet Factor. The new Zune won every category except compatibility.

It is not clear how a device can win 4 out of 5 categories and the bout still end in a tie. C|Net surely isn’t using the Queensberry rules in this contest. In fact, it is reminiscent of Florida balloting in the 2000 presidential election. Hmm…

Regardless, this head-to-head comparison by 3 somewhat-independent judges validates my assertion that Microsoft has outpaced Apple in this category of digital media players in just under a year. To go from laughing stock to serious contender in only v2 is a significant accomplishment. Will Microsoft once again achieve significant market share in v3? Only time will tell.

Pimp My Zune

I have seen the future and it is beautiful. In addition to releasing the new devices, tomorrow Microsoft is launching a new site for ordering and customizing (for free!) your very own Zune with amazing artwork created by world-renowned artists and designers. Here is the design I plan to use to pimp my new Zune 80:

Zune Originals - Colletivo - The Funk 'Fro  

I will affectionately refer to this design as The Funk ‘Fro which I find pleasingly ironic considering my hairstyle of choice. I think the artist bio is fitting too given our recent travel to Brazil. I am glad I waited to order one of the new devices since this deal is only available on orders placed directly from the Zune Originals site at http://ZuneOriginals.net. You can learn more about this novel collaboration and see all the artwork in an interview on Cool Hunting.