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Does The Zune KO The iPod Classic?

iPod Classic Verses Zune: Which Would You Choose?

I've always been an iPod sort of girl, but when a friend of mine whipped out his Zune at a recent barbecue, I felt a twinge of jealousy. A 3.2-inch screen? Wireless syncing? Awesome wallpapers? I was a little speechless. This realization made me wonder if there was a superior device of the two. Could a Zune really KO my iPod ?

I thought I should compare both the 80GB iPod classic and the 80GB Zune for this post, trying to level the playing field as much as I could. To see the pros and cons of each device, just


80GB iPod Classic


  • Holds up to 20,000 songs or up to 100 hours of video
  • 30-hour battery life for song playback, five hours for video playback
  • Compact and thin at .41 inches thick
  • 2.5-inch color LCD screen
  • Works with iTunes on either your Mac or PC


  • Comes in silver and black only
  • No options for custom or specialty wallpapers

80GB Zune

  • Holds up to 20,000 songs, or 250 hours of video
  • 3.2-inch color screen
  • Touch pad makes scrolling through your media a breeze
  • Wireless syncing and sharing to other Zune users
  • FM transmitter allows you to tune in to local stations (or those radio programmed TVs at the gym)
  • Customize your Zune with engravings and wallpapers


  • Comes in red and black
  • Glass screen
  • For PC only

Since the Zune and the iPod classic both come with a $250 price tag, and have similar capacity, it comes down to customization and compatibility. Although the Zune wins points for being so customizable – with downloadable wallpapers to trick out your device, the iPod has to take the title for being compatible with both Mac and PC users, since the Zune only functions in a Windows environment.

Which one do you sport – iPod or Zune?

Join The Conversation
NewStereo NewStereo 8 years
I have an Apple Ipod classic but the screen keeps breaking occasionally and has pixels missing so I’m thinking of getting an upgrade or a Zune... The Zune looks like a much better deal, if the only difference is the compatibility with Macs then I can imagine for a lot of people the Zune is the clear winner. It also has slightly more battery life which is always useful!
artisticme artisticme 8 years
I have an old iPod, but I'm in the market for a new media player and I have my eyes set on a Zune 120GB!
Britney-Kayla Britney-Kayla 8 years
A Zune definately! I actually bought one tonight and I love it!
Sevy Sevy 9 years
Zune for the win!!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
I'm just a pod girl and thats all I will ever be!!
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
I luv my 8gb zune. And it's an "originals" so it's totally customized.
jrebeccat jrebeccat 9 years
I love my Zune. It's true, as ChicBookFiend says, that it's got it's own software and doesn't work with WMP, but you can get zAlternator or zSuite and get around that.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Also, you can only get music from a certain carrier -- and they charge $5 or more per download. -- Actually, you can your music from anywhere, just like with ipod. Zunes play mp3s, as well as wma. Just like ipods play mp3s, as well as their exclusive mp4s. I heard that the Zune isn't compatible with Windows Media Player, which I find strange. (However, I am not sure about that last part.) -- No, don't worry... that's not true either. I think the zune wastes a lot of space with that huge button at the bottom. It's supposed to be a touch screen, right? -- No, it's not a touch screen. It's just that big so you can see more of the videos you download. We've owned both ipods and Zunes (and Zens) in my house. No, I don't think the Zune is perfect - the software is actually super irritating. But I still prefer it over the ipod. Why? (a) I actually like Zune's interface better than ipod's. (b) Our ipods have broken. Our Zunes haven't. (c) The radio! I don't understand why ipods STILL need a separate attachment to listen to the radio!? (d) I'm admittedly wary of products that people only buy because all of their friends have one and it's trendy. I like to root for the underdog myself. :) Truthfully, I never use the customization features on Zune, nor the wireless sync. If/when Apple make an affordable 80gb ipod touch, then I'll reconsider my stance.
Bksuga Bksuga 9 years
I have a iphone and a ipod nano. I always wondered about the zune though especially the music transfer feature.
imdamoos imdamoos 9 years
I've personally had four iPods and all together my family has had eight, and we have never had any problems like deleting music. I don't have a problem with the click wheel; I think it's fine. I've only experienced one of my iPods freezing maybe once or twice in the four years that I've had them, and even then you can just restart the iPod.
droguedemusique droguedemusique 9 years
i have an ipod because i got it free with my macbook. the zune makes me drool, but then again, i've been thinking about getting my hands on an iphone 3G... now that would be heaven!
nikki_ nikki_ 9 years
One of my friends has a zune and I tried it out when she just got it and I hated it. The interface is nothing compared to the iPod and even if the clickwheel is a bit dated, you've got to admit that when Apple just introduced it, it was waaaaaaay ahead of it's time.. I've owned tons of iPods, from the first ever and now I have a classic 180 GB. I adore the interface and how Apple did it so effortlessly. I don't need the extra stuff like recorders and radios so that's not the issue. I like how Apple made the iPod how it's supposed to be made. It's a digital music player, that's what it is. It's not a recorder or a radio or whatever else, it's meant to play music. The design is also a very important factor for me, I think the zune wastes a lot of space with that huge button at the bottom. It's supposed to be a touch screen, right? If I were to buy a touch screen player, I'd go with the iPod Touch, mainly because the design is really really good. And, I've had a lot of bad experiences with Microsoft before I switched to macs so I guess that's it.. I definitely go with the iPod..
sleekeasy sleekeasy 9 years
zune FTW
Rose-Cullen Rose-Cullen 9 years
I love my Ipod
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i'm a marketing whore and therefore have an ipod. but if i made a new purchase, i would switch to either the zune or a creative zen. why? because they have more features! recorder, radio transmitter, wireless download, free music! i have a pc but will probably get a mac in a year or so, but i still won't upgrade my ipod. i'm so over it now.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
iPod. Love it.
BostonChick BostonChick 9 years
iPod by default since I don't know anyone who has/had a zune. But I <3 my iPod with a passion. Take it everywhere!!
Carib-Chic Carib-Chic 9 years
iPod! Things like customizing the wallpaper aren't important to me.
Maria84 Maria84 9 years
I have to say Zune! I was an ipdo girl until it went crazy on me after exactly 1 year of use so i purchased another ipod and same thing happened have zune and LOVE IT! Approached 1 year and zero problems baby!
hyacinthsuarez hyacinthsuarez 9 years
I had both of them at some point this year. Back in the end of February, I gave in and purchased the 80GB iPod Classic (in black). I loved it until it froze on me and deleted all but 200 of my 7,600 songs. I had purchased the service guarantee from the place that I bought it from and they sent it out to get serviced. It was deemed unrepairable so they gave me store credit back for the prorated price of the service guarantee and the price I paid for the iPod. I bought another 80GB iPod Classic, but I brought it back the next day, unopened, and decided to explore the 80GB it came in red! I've had it for about two months now and I love the Zune and would hate to go back to the hassles of the iPod and iTunes. I like how I can connect my Zune to any computer (obviously I have a PC) without the risk of losing any of my songs/videos/pictures and I adore the customizable wallpapers on the superior screen. As far as the wireless synch, I use it every once in a while to preview songs from my friends...but in the end, it's ZunePass that keeps me happy. $15/mo to download as much music as my heart desires from Marketplace? Yes, please! WHle that itself has a couple of cons, it's nothing that I'll lose sleep over. If I had to go back to iPod, that's cool...but the Zune has swept my heart away.
rachi99 rachi99 9 years
I own multiple iPods - a Classic, a Shuffle, and an iPhone. Use them in different circumstances, love them all. Why not Zune for me? Three letters: D.R.M. Microsoft's policies regarding digital rights management have changed multiple times since the inception of the Zune, and left a lot of wasted money and furious people (who could no longer use tracks they had previously purchased) in its wake. Yes, Apple is DRM-ed as well - but at least I can still play the tracks I bought years ago.... (I'm not anti-Microsoft per se - I'm a PC user - just not a fan of the Zune. I'm not really buying into the aesthetics. Plus, the wallpaper on my iPhone is changeable.)
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 9 years
I own both the iPod 80GB Classic and the iPod Touch 8GB. The Classic because of you can save a large music and video library and the Touch because of all of the extras that comes with it -- web browsing, Wi Fi, e-mail, etc. A friend of mine has the Zune 80GB, and while it is beautiful and has some awesome features, there are a few things that aren't great about it. You don't get a calendar and other features. Also, you can only get music from a certain carrier -- and they charge $5 or more per download. You don't get $.99 singles like in iTunes. I heard that the Zune isn't compatible with Windows Media Player, which I find strange. (However, I am not sure about that last part.) So, all in all, I think I will stick with the iPod. Apple is such a wonderful brand, and it fits all of my needs.
soapbox soapbox 9 years
I am an Apple girl, so naturally I adore ipods. The wallpaper option isn't really that great, i wouldn't call it a pro.
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