Zune Review Parts 1 & 2

The Daily Gadget Zune Review (Part 1 of 4)
The Daily Gadget Zune Review (Part 2 of 4)

I’ve been using the software for a while now (I actually downloaded it prior to the Zune coming out so I had an idea of its deficiencies) and the thing that REALLY stands out is how slow the program is. When I search for music on the marketplace, I sometimes wonder if I just locked it up. It certainly has a terrible memory leak because if I don’t restart it every so often, it manages to use all of my memory. It’s managed to replace Firefox as the worst offender on my computer. It’s a shame because the performance takes away from what would be a great experience otherwise. Right now it borders on painful at times.

And this one is really an Ouch!

I have a few other issues with it. Some less important than others. One that really bugs me is that the video categories on the desktop don’t match the ones on my Zune. This results in really no control over where the videos end up. If there is a way I haven’t found it yet and I have been looking because I use video on my Zune almost every day. I’ve gotten used to it now but it still bugs me since it manages music so beautifully. I can only hope that when the Marketplace gets video the video section will get some love. Cause it needs it.

But this intrigues me…

One last note on the content is the Zune Pass. If you like music then it baffles me how one might not be even interested in a subscription service. If you have absolutely no interest in listening to anything other than what you own, then ok. (Your loss I say!) In my opinion though, subscription music is a currently undiscovered treasure by most people. My first exposure to it was when Yahoo offered it super cheap when it debuted a couple years ago. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked. I have nearly 862 songs on my Zune currently and that number goes up every week. In my life I’ve owned 30 albums total. You can do the math real quick and see I’ve increased my music collection by leaps and bounds. It’s not my music but that’s ok. In two months of owning a Zune, I’ve already downloaded enough music that will take 4 years of Zune Pass fees to equal in cost to purchasing it. That’s just in two months. This feature alone is a killer. The Zune may have less songs available than iTunes at the moment but for $15 I have access to almost all two million. On iTunes you’d have access to…fifteen.

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