Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 17:56 UTC
Windows Can you believe it's been only six months since Microsoft first unveiled its brand-new and most likely last-ditch effort to regain some significance in the smartphone market? Well, today the company announced that the Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools will go gold September 16, and applications submissions will be accepted from early October onwards.
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RE[2]: Lots of luck
by kaiwai on Tue 24th Aug 2010 05:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Lots of luck"
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Can you please give some specific examples of these qualities that according to you the iPod has and the Zune hasn't ?

1) Zune is unavailable outside a few niche countries where as Apple were shippnig iPod globally for years in some countries before the iTunes store even appeared. There is absolutely no excuse what so ever that I am unable to purchase a Zune in New Zealand - I don't care about the 'service' because I already own CD's and I already have ripped my music. The lack of Zune availability (coupled with point 2) has made such a device lacking in the qualities that I demand out of a media player.

2) iPod support exists on Windows and Mac yet Microsoft refuses to provide software for end users to use their Zune with Mac OS X or even use an open protocol such as MTP which was originally designed to stop fragmentation in the media player market (instead of having many competing proprietary protocols for synchronising there would be one). If they want their base of users to be as wide and deep as possible then they should at the very least support the two major platforms out there - the fact is they have chosen not too.

3) The Zune media synchronisation tool is crap in that it treats the end user as though he or she was intellectually retarded - stick to the MTP protocol and stick to the standard Media Player that is bundled with Windows - I don't care about 'branding', I just want a media player with a good interface, great battery life, decent storage and a media player that allows me to synchronise, rip and so forth but giving me to the power to tweak the settings as I see fit rather than accepting the 'one size fits all' assumption Microsoft makes with the current Zune software.

Edited 2010-08-24 05:06 UTC

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