IPod vs. Zune

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Outline iPod vs. Zune


I. Dimensions

A. Cost

1. What comes in the box

B. Size/Capacity/Storage

1. Songs/Video

2. Battery Life

3. Display

C. What can they do?

II. iTunes vs. Zune Marketplace

A. Cost of CD download vs. subscription

B. Price Per Song

C. Song Listings

D. Usability

III. Accessories

A. Types of Cable connections

B. Docks

C. Carrying Cases

D. Speakers and Headphones

IV. Critiques

A. Internet Chat

B. Critiques

V. Conclusion

iPod vs. Zune

The battle between Apple and Microsoft has been going on ever since personal computers began. Now it continues with the recent release of Microsoft's Zune, The new MP3 player that Microsoft believes to be the best competition for iPod. But iPod has been the reigning champion for over three years now, and Microsoft is a rookie, as far as MP3 players are concerned, getting a title shot. Can Microsoft take down the hard hitting champ, or will the rookie be put in his place.

Here is the tale of the tape to see how they measure up.


iPod has many models with different features, but for this comparison I have chosen to use their 30GB model. Its retail cost is about $249. When you purchase and iPod, you get earphones, a USB 2.0 cable, a dock adapter for use with universal dock, a case, and a quick start guide. Zune cost the same, and only has a 30GB model thus far. The Zune comes with everything you need to get started: a USB sync cable, magnetic earphones and a soft pouch in the same color as your Zune. Software and quick start guide (http://www.circuitcity.com).

The dimensions of the iPod are 4.1"x 2.4"x .43" and it weighs 4.8 ounces. It comes in either black or white. It has a capacity of 30...