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Write a 3 page essay on Microsoft Zune vs Apple Ipod (Comparison and Contrast ).

Like the usual portable media players, one can listen to music, watch videos, show pictures and even play games on the iPod (Kahney). Apple has since modified the original iPod and has made it small and wearable (iPod Shuffle) and with more and more features like having built-in Wi-Fi and enabling it to record and edit HD videos,

download and play online games, among other things (iPod Touch). Each product has its own device generation as well.

Microsoft released its own media player device in the year 2006 and called the original Zune 30. The numbers in their name indicates how big the capacity of the device is. Zune 30 can play songs, video and show pictures just like the iPod. The only difference is that photos and videos can be watched or played in either portrait or landscape mode (Broida). The Zune can also be modified to play games and can play in many different audio formats. It also has a Zune-to-Zune wireless sharing of music and photos. Next is Zune 4 which has the generation of 8 and 16. According to Surhone et al. (2010), it can be clicked 5 ways. Like its predecessor, it has Wi-Fi used for wireless sharing of photos and music in other Zune. It has also a FM radio. Zune 80 or 120 was the next release for the Microsoft, which produce positive results as it was called an “iPod alternative” (Surhone, et al). The features are the same as its previous predecessor but with higher capacity as the number indicated in the name and bigger screen. The most recent release is the the Zune HD. As its name suggests, one can buy and rent high-definition (HD) movies and TV shows, play HD radio, download apps and games and surf the internet on the Zune HD (Surhone, et al).

Zune and iPod have a lot of things in common. The two media players initially had the same capacity for music and photos but Zune had more capacity when it came to videos. Zune has a bigger screen, display mode can be portrait and initially released its media players with

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