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Microsoft Zune 2nd Generation

Microsoft Zune 2nd Generation
alaScore 84

4930 reviews

Aug, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4930 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and value for money. The design and sound also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

usability, sound, design, value for money, performance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Microsoft Zune 2nd Generation is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Zune 2nd Generation

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4488 user reviews of Microsoft Zune 2nd Generation from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com.

usability, sound, design, value for money, performance

78% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Zune 80 GB Digital Media Player (Black)Zune 4 GB Digital Media Player (Pink)Zune 4 GB Digital Media Player (Red)

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Microsoft Zune 8GB

 

Microsoft, seeing the futility in polishing turds, went back to the drawing board to design the second rev of the Zune. (If only they'd do the same for Vista!) Fortunately for early adopters, many of the new features and desktop software will be made...

Better controls; wireless auto-sync; Zune Marketplace greatly improved

Still tied to Zune Marketplace; wireless sharing still mostly useless

The Zune 8GB sounds every bit as good as the first Zune, and Microsoft has added support for tracks encoded in WMA Lossless. The 1.8-inch glass screen looks very sharp, but it’s also very small—especially when you’re watching videos—and the flash...

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Microsoft Zune 16GB (third generation, 16GB, pink)

 

Slowly but surely, Microsoft's Zune is staking its claim as a legitimate alternative to Apple's iPod line of MP3 players. Last year, Microsoft focused its efforts on overhauling the Zune's hardware and public image. This year, Microsoft has turned its...

The Microsoft Zune MP3 player has expanded the usefulness of its Wi-Fi and social music-discovery features, added support for games and audiobooks, and maintained enviable features, such as a glass-covered LCD, friendly interface, exceptional...

Video playback battery life isn't great; the glossy plastic front is more prone to scratches and smudges; and using many of the new features without a Zune Pass music subscription can be disappointing

The smaller, flash-based Zune, with a unique focus on music discovery, is a fierce competitor to the iPod Nano.

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Mossberg's new Zune review sounds familiar

 

Mr. Mossberg just handed down his verdict on the latest series of Microsoft Zunes. Those of you who shout him down with your flaccid cries of "fanboi" will want to turn away... now. Walt considers the new Zunes a "vast improvement" over Microsoft's ...

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Microsoft Zune 8GB

 

Like a phoenix rising from the flames, the new Zune may have a chance at a fresh, meaningful and lucrative life, free from teasing and taunting with which the original brown Zune was cursed. The 4GB and 8GB flash-based Zune has a new (albeit nano-like)...

Excellent sound quality; compact and sleek design; great battery life; simple interface

Weak headphones; lacks Mac support; no EQ settings; Zune Marketplace

The new 8GB Zune Red is a sexy little MP3 player - certainly better than many competitive players on the market.

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Microsoft Zune 80GB and Zune Marketplace Software V. 2.1

 

Microsoft stepped up its Zune and its eye-catching software, making the second-generation device a serious iPod competitor.

Easy-to-use device and software ; Large, bright screen ; Simple device synching ; Easy to share and update music via Wi-Fi

Large, bulky size ; No included AC adapter ; Available only in black ; No over-the-air downloads

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Zune (second generation, 8GB, pink)

 

Editors' note, August 18, 2009 : Microsoft will begin sales of a new model of the Zune (the Zune HD ) on September 15. If you're considering the purchase of a Zune, we advise that you wait until Microsoft's September 15th release date in order to...

The flash-based 4GB and 8GB Microsoft Zune MP3 players feature a 1.8-inch glass LCD, an easy-to-use interface, exceptional navigation control, audio and video podcast support, and FM radio. It also includes wireless syncing and sharing, revamped Zune...

The Zune 4 and Zune 8 players are PC-only devices that require their own software and still don't support older WMA-DRM9 music files, nor does Zune Marketplace offer TV or movie downloads. The Zune's USB connection is proprietary, there's no Wi-Fi...

The 4GB and 8GB capacity Zunes (Zune 4 and Zune 8) offer a bite-size version of their full-size, 80GB sibling. While the full-size Zune is a better value, the solid-state flash memory used in the 4GB and 8GB versions make them better suited for...

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Microsoft Zune 80GB

 

With a large screen, wireless syncing, and better features than the iPod classic, Microsoft finally gets portable digital music right.

Large screen. Easy to navigate. Syncs wirelessly. Wireless player-to-player file sharing. Zune Marketplace is vastly improved. Customizable body

Low resolution for a large screen. Earbuds have microphonic issues. Zune Marketplace offers a limited video selection. Full wireless syncing capability will be added in a firmware update ; Watch the Zune 8GB and 80GB Video Review

The new Zune is trimmer, has a larger screen and increased capacity. Add its wireless abilities to the equation and you've got a player that (gasp!) trumps Apple's iPod classic.

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Review: Zune 80 and Zune 2.5 software

 

The Zune 80 is the most capable model but shoehorned between iPods.

Very large screen ; Best non-clickwheel, non-touch control scheme yet ; Zune 2.5 adds much-needed smart playlist, video, gapless audio support ; In-canal earbuds included in the box

Bigger than iPod, but screen isn't any sharper ; Sub-par battery life ; Wi-Fi still significantly underused ; Zune software still a half-measure: no new formats ; No Zune Marketplace for Canadians on launch ; Premium Headphones are simply adequate

In the past several months since the second generation of Zunes went on sale, Microsoft has been busy addressing longstanding complaints about the Zune and its software: version 2.5 adds auto playlists, gapless playback, and other features that the i

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Microsoft Zune 80GB Digital Media Player

 

We've already been told that it's coming "Zune" to Canada, but how does Microsoft's sophomore entry into the MP3 player market compare against the iPods of the world? I had ...

With the noted exception of the integrated Wi-Fi connectivity (and all the associated functionality), this feature set is pretty much in line with the iPod Classic 80GB. Where the Zune wins, in this regard, is the fact that it has a much larger...

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Zune 8GB

 

Great firmware interface, Touchpad not required for navigation, Beautiful 240x320 QVGA display, Good color selection for hardware, Wireless syncing, Great iPod alternative, Great firmware interface, Touchpad not required for navigation, Beautiful...

Software is terrible, Vendor lock-in with hardware & software, Proprietary dock connector, Not compatible with Windows Media DRM, Few accessories available, Software is terrible, Vendor lock-in with hardware & software, Proprietary dock connector, Not...

Product Specifications

The Zune 80GB offers uncompromising portable video and audio playback together with a beautiful 3.2-inch screen, innovative touch controls, wireless sharing and premium headphones. Big screens are great for videos, but premium headphones are essential for music. Included with Zune 80GB are headphones designed to block out external noise. Kiss slow scrolling goodbye. The innovative new Zune pad makes browsing your device a blast. Fly effortlessly through your music, picture and video collections. Cut the cord to your PC with Wireless sync. Refresh your Zune with new content anytime you charge your device, through your home wireless network. Share full-length tracks of your favorite songs, albums, playlists, pictures and even audio podcasts with Wireless Zune-to-Zune sharing. Listen to the full track of any song you receive up to three times, and even pass along songs you receive to other friends nearby who have a Zune. If you like a song you receive, you can easily add it to your wish list and then buy it from your PC the next time you sync. Recorded TV or movies to go. Zune will import unprotected .WMV, .MPG4 and H.264 files into your video library. Also, if you're recording TV shows or movies with Windows Media Center in Windows Vista, you can import and sync them to your device. Load up your favorite videos and hit the road. Tune in to one of your favorite local stations while on the go or working out. Advanced tuning capabilities let you see the name of the song currently playing on select frequencies. Zune Marketplace: Featuring over 3 million songs, DRM-free MP3s, music videos, audio/video podcasts and more, your store is always open and just a mouse click away. Your games. Your music. Your way. Plug your Zune into your Xbox 360 and customize the soundtrack in your favorite games. You can also stream content in Zune software to your Xbox 360 using a wireless connection.

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

Battery

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

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:AAC / Audible / MP3 / WMA / WMAPro/AAC / MP3 / WMA

Digital Storage

Capacity:4GB/80GB/8GB

Digital Storage Media

Capacity:80GB
Type:Hard disk drive/None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.5in/3.6in
Height:0.4in/4.3in
Weight:1.7oz/4.5oz
Width:1.6in/2.4in

Equalizer

Equalizer: Yes

Flash Memory

Installed Size:4GB/8GB

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Microsoft
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Microsoft Zune

MD System

Type: None

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Glossy red/Green/Pink/Red

Radio

Tuner Bands:FM

Remote Control

Type: None