September 16, 2006
The Zune is interesting -- and there are a few things I like about it (customizable backgrounds, usertags, better video support [I presume]), but it seems a bit clunky, which is okay for a first start. I just doubt it has what it takes to top the iPod this late into the game. Microsoft should have unleashed this two years ago. Also, launching only with a 30GB model is not going to appeal to the hardcore user who wants everything on one unit. I've got 45GB of media on my 60GB iPod video, and am intensely jealous of the new 80GB model that is cheaper than the one I bought eleven months ago. I'm way more in awe of the new iPod Nano models, though. I doubt I'd buy one, but I would lovingly accept it as a gift.
This looks to be my next major purchase, unless I wait until after the mid-November system launch blitz. My parents are currently offering to pay for half as my graduation present, though I think they may volunteer more if I wait a bit for some of their bigger bills to pass. Currently, I'd had to pay about $700+, but I'd like to get that down closer to $500. No, I don't need a laptop, and I don't need a Mac, but I'd really like a Mac, and I'd much prefer it to be a laptop. The MacBooks are affordable and beautiful, and will come in handy when traveling.
Launching two days after the PlayStation 3 is a mistake, but I'm fine with the price and the pack-in. I'll be spending $1000 on game systems between November 17-19. Disgusting. I hope they delay the PS3.
Posted by Andrew Hayward at 05:00