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Microsoft Zune 1st generation

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3914 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 products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the sound and performance. The price and design also get good feedback, but opinions are divided on the portability. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Microsoft Zune 1st generation is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3653 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 products in the same category on Reviewers are impressed by the sound and performance. The price and design are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the portability. Many are negative about the reliability.

usability, design, price, performance, sound


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 8 GB Digital Media Player Green (2nd Generation)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Ian Bell (

Microsoft Zune Review


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 : James Kim (

Zune review


Editors' note: Microsoft provides a free firmware update for this older Zune model that adds many new features to the device. To learn about these new features, read our review of the third-generation Zune .

The Microsoft Zune has very good playback performance of audio, video, and photos; intuitive and colorful interface; good FM radio with RDS; works well with Zune Marketplace software; integrated wireless allows sharing of songs (limited) and photos;...

The Microsoft Zune is not backward compatible with WMA-DRM9; weak native video support (cannot play protected content) and no video offerings from Zune Marketplace; cannot be used as a hard drive (and no UMS support); proprietary USB; cannot use Wi-Fi...

The Microsoft Zune, with its intuitive interface and solid playback performance, will please most users. But lukewarm format support and the cool but limited Wi-Fi capability will have advanced users seeking more. The Zune is a very good start, though.

Nov, 2006

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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 : 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

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)


Color of product:Black / Pink

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:AAC / MP3 / WMA

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive/None

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:3
Display Resolution:320 x 240

Energy Management

Continuous audio playback time:14
Continuous video playback time:4


Equalizer: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, WMA
Video compression format:H.264, WMV
Video formats supported:H.264,WMV

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

Other Features

Headphone outputs:1

Packaging Content

Pouch: Yes


Continuous audio playback time:14
Continuous video playback time:4


FM radio: Yes

Record Modes

Voice recording: No

Remote Control

Type: None


Player media type:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:30

Weight & Dimensions