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Zune HD vs. iPod Touch

 
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In case you are planning to buy either of the two most prominent portable media players on the planet, here’s a last minute summary round-up. Considering just the hardware technology, Zune HD does seem to be superior than the iPod Touch 3rd gen. But then again Apple already has a significantly strong app store with thousands to choose from. Of course that does not end there, considering Microsoft having a tremendous presence in development tools/market, it may be just a matter of time for it to catch up. Here’s a quick look at the comparison table.

zune vs ipod touch

 

Microsoft Zune HD
Apple iPod Touch
Availability
Now
Now
Price
$219 (16GB); $289 (32GB)
$199 (8GB); $299 (32GB); $399 (64GB)
Colors available
Black, platinum, green, blue, red
One–black/silver
Dimensions and weight
4″ by 2.7″ by .35″; 2.6 ounces
4.3″ by 2.4″ by .33″; 4.05 ounces
CPU
Samsung ARM
Screen size and technology
3.3″, OLED
3.5″, LCD
Screen resolution
480 by 272
480 by 320
Video output
720p with optional dock
480p and 576p with optional cable
Multi-touch
Yes
Yes
Battery life
Microsoft says up to 33 hours for music, up to 8.5 hours for video.
Apple says up to 30 hours for music, up to 6 hours for video.
Accelerometer
Yes
Yes
Radio
Yes, HD
No
Camera
No
No
GPS
No
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g
802.11 b/g
Per-track music downloads
Yes
Yes
Subscription music
Yes (Zune Pass)
Not from Apple, but Rhapsody offers it
Movie purchases and rentals
Yes
Yes
TV show purchases
Yes
Yes
Audio formats
Windows Media, WMA Lossless, AAC (no FairPlay), MP3
AAC (including FairPlay), MP3, Apple Lossless, WAV
Video formats
WMV, H.264, MPEG4
H.264, MPEG4
Audible audiobooks
Other Zunes support them, but I’m not finding evidence that the Zune HD does
Yes
Photos
Yes
Yes
Web browser
Yes
Yes
E-mail
No
Yes
Instant Messaging
Not yet
Via numerous third-party clients
Calendar
No
Yes
Maps
No
Yes
Facebook and Twitter
No, but due in November
Yes
Apps available
9
75,000
Games available
7
21,000

 

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