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Microsoft Zune 1st generation

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4102 reviews of Microsoft Zune 1st generation. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Reviewers really like the sound and performance. The price and design also get good feedback. The reliability and portability get negative opinions.

usability, design, price, performance, sound

portability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Microsoft Zune 1st generation is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3726 user reviews of Microsoft Zune 1st generation from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on People are impressed by the sound and price. The performance and design also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical opinions about the reliability and portability.

usability, design, performance, price, sound

portability, reliability

81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Zune 8 GB Digital Media Player Green (2nd Generation)Zune 30 GB Digital Media Player (Brown)Zune 80 GB Digital Media Player (Red)

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: (

Microsoft Zune


If you still want to buy a Zune after reading our review, you'd better not count on filling it with music from Microsoft's Zune Marketplace.

The Zune’s not a terrible first effort—it sounds good and Microsoft outfitted it with a fine screen—but it seems to us that the features that could have set it apart from Apple’s iPod are really designed only to tie the Zune’s users into buying other...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: Ian Bell (

Microsoft Zune Review


Sometimes, if your partners can't get the job done, you just have to do it yourself. And this is exactly what Microsoft is trying to do with the introduction of the Zune, a portable audio and video player built specifically by Microsoft. Arguably meant...

Large display; competitive price

Bland design; low quality ear buds; not compatible with PlaysForSure; poor media library

The Microsoft Zune is one of those products that you will want to avoid at all costs; at least this first generation.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Paul Miller (

How to bump your Zune to 40GB


Despite our personal reservations on the topic, if you're rocking a Zune, we say more power to you, and we thought we'd let you know about this simple method to upgrade that little player of yours to 40GB. Ironically, iPodMods did the honors: turns out...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Kenneth England (

Rumor has it Blackberry Storm hits streets November 14


Rumor has circulated around the net, courtesy of anonymous Verizon employees and Gizmodo, placing the street date of the anticipated Blackberry Storm at November 14. Why any company would want to keep the release date of such a product secret is...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Joe Eitel (

Zune 30 GB Review


In 2006, Microsoft introduced its latest attempt to take over the field from the iPod, with the Zune 30 GB. On the surface, this MP3 player looks good, and the specifications look good also. Does it have what it takes to push the iPod off the mountain?...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: 3LUXE (

Microsoft Zune


Microsoft's Zune is unique from other MP3 players mainly because of one really cool feature ??¨¬ you can wirelessly share songs, photos, and other miscellaneous audio recordings with other Zunes. Perfect if you want to share a song you love, a photo...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by:  Jacob Lumetta (

Microsoft Zune 30GB Media Player

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: 411Team Specialist (

Microsoft Zune Mp3 Player Review


The Zune is a refreshing change to what is on the market right now. It has some new features including Wi-Fi capabilities that will allow you to send songs or pictures to other Zunes. You can only send a song for someone to listen to once, but there...

The Zune is a great attempt at an outstanding MP3 player. There may still be some work to do on it before it becomes the greatest thing out there, but it could be on its way. With features like Wi-Fi, FM radio, a bigger screen, and connections to the...

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: Nic Rossmüller (

Microsoft Zune


According to an article at TWICE we soon may expect official information about the rumored answer of Microsoft on the ongoing success of the Apple iPod strategy. Ami Gilroy, editor at TWICE, claims "Microsoft is in the process of unveiling its line of...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by: Ginny Mies (

Microsoft Zune 3.0 Media Player Software


Zune 3.0 offers a visually interesting spin on music recommendations, but you have to pay for the full experience.

Great music discovery features, visually stunning interface

Software can be slow, full features come at a cost

Overall it's worth downloading simply so you can use it as an alternate media player.

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications

Zune starts with a digital media player and adds a twist. You can wirelessly share selected full-length sample tracks, playlists, pictures or your homegrown tracks directly from Zune to Zune. You can listen to the full-length songs that you receive up to three times in three days, flag the ones you like and easily buy them the next time you sync up. You can discover new music in the Zune Marketplace, and show off your favorite pictures and videos on the big, bright screen. Zune has all that and a built in FM tuner, too. Let your inner DJ run wild.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Photo Playback: Yes
Digital Player Functions:Photo playback / Radio / Video playback/Photo playback / Video playback
Digital Player Type:Flash based/Hard drive based
Digital Video Playback: Yes
Functions (KB):Digital player/Digital player / Radio
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player/Digital player / radio


Run Time (Up To):14hour(s)/24hour(s)

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:AAC / MP3 / WMA

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive/None

Dimensions & Weight



Equalizer: Yes

Flash Memory

Installed Size:4GB/8GB


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Microsoft Zune


Color:Black/Blue / Silver/Brown/Pink/Red/White

Remote Control

Type: None