Zune HD vs. iPod Touch: which is better choice?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Music, Pictures and Video' started by lemen, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. lemen

    lemen Guest

    The history of Zune versus iPod Prizefights is long and bloody, filled with
    enough cutting criticism to send devout fans on both sides of the ring into
    fits. Now iPod and Zune Prizefight than ever more fiercely with Microsoft
    introduced Zune HD on September 15. Compared with the iPod Touch, Zune HD has
    what characteristics and what different advantages, has become the most
    heated discussion at the topic. Zune HD is a platform without a purpose. It's
    a single device in a multipurpose world. Zune HD gamed iPod Touch, with
    better design, better hardware components, more appropriate size and
    outstanding digital content consumption experience. It’s a brief summary,
    let’s go on!
    Zune HD’s main features:
    · large screen size (3.3 inches), lightweight (2.6 ounces), High-resolution
    (480*272 pixels), beautiful (Platinum, Black, Red, Green, Blue), large
    capacity (16GB/32GB), Multi-Touch;
    · Battery life ups to 33 hours for music and 8.5 hours for video;
    · Glass-covered full-color OLED display;
    · ARM 800 MHZ CPU
    · HD radio tuner
    · Buy, stream, and update your music—and download free games—wirelessly via
    a wi-fi connection.
    · Surf the web anytime, including tap-to-zoom technology, built-in
    accelerometer, and touchscreen QWERTY keyboard.
    · Support 720p HD movies, TV shows, and videos in high definition on your
    HDTV through the Zune HD AV Dock (sold separately).
    · Quickplay gives instant access to your stuff with shortcuts to favorites,
    recently downloaded or played music, videos, and more.
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    />
    Compared with iPod Touch, although the Zune HD screen measures a slightly
    smaller 3.3 inches diagonally, it's uses cutting edge OLED technology, which
    delivers brightness and contrast unlike anything you can find in a LCD which
    iPod Touch applies. And slight another three hours of music may look, the
    extra 2.5 hours of video stands out to us as a significant advantage.(iPod
    Touch ups to 30 hours for music and 6 hours for video).
    Besides hardware, what differences in other aspects?
    For HD Radio
    Zune marketing continues to highlight the Zune HD's radio-tuning ability
    (which they've had since the original Zune) as its break-out functionality
    over the non-radio iPod. The internal tuner has gotten a little cooler now
    with HD radio and a feature that lets users "tag" the song playing, so that
    they can easily buy it later, which is neat.
    Both of them are heavyweight media player for videos, audios and pictures.
    But they are different in many details.
    Zune HD supports video formats: WMV, HD WMV, MPEG-4, H.264, DVR-MS and HD
    MPEG-4. audio formats : Windows Media, WMA, WMA DRM, WMA Pro, WMA Lossless,
    AAC(no FairPlay) and MP3. and video output: 720p with optional dock.
    iPod Touch supports video formats: H.264, MPEG-4. audio formats: MP3,
    AAC(including FairPlay), AAC+, Apple Lossless, WAV and AIFF. And video
    output: 480p or 576p with optional cable.
    Although both are advanced media player, they couldn’t support all of video
    and audio formats . So I go to <a href="http://www.nidesoft.com/">Nidesoft
    Inc</a> to get program <a
    href="http://www.nidesoft.com/video-converter.html">Nidesoft Video
    Converter</a>, which could convert video or audio files between all popular
    formats. Fortunately, this video converter not only could support Zune HD and
    iPod Touch, but also supports all of the popular multimedia devices, such as
    iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, Palm, Sansa, Google Phone, iTunes and so on.
    Personally I select an AVI file and have tried it. Below is what I do:
    Firstly, I download this software form
    http://www.nidesoft.com/downloads/video-converter.exe
    Install and Run it.
    Step 1: Load files.
    Click "add Files" button and import the AVI video from my computer.
    Tips: EDIT the video with the function button: Crop, Effect, Trim, Options
    (1) Remove the undesired area or just convert part of the video area from my
    video file in “Crop†function.
    (2) Select gray effect or Negative effect from Special Effect or tune the
    Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Volume to get special effect movie in
    “Effectâ€.
    (3) Click “Trim†button to get my favorite segment.
    (4) Click the white box besides "Merge into one file" to merge your selected
    titles into one video.
    <img
    src="http://www.nidesoft.com/forum/zune-vs-ipod-hd/video-converter-hd.jpg" />
    Step2. Select the out file format
    Click the “format†drop-down list to select the output format. The software
    provides many profiles to support different devices and players. I select
    MPEG-4 Movie (*.mp4).If you don’t know what formats your device supports, you
    can just select the format according to the device name.
    Step3. Click the "Convert" button and start the conversion. Wait a few
    minutes before the conversion succeeds!
    After conversion, you could open the folder and find the output video files
    there, try to play it on your PC first, and also you could load the converted
    file into your player. For iPod, you could use
    iTunes to sync the files to the device; for Zune, you need to download the
    Zune software to manage the media content.
    Now you could enjoy video with your favorite player. In addition, maybe you
    want to enjoy dvd movie with iPod or Zune and need convert dvd to ipod and
    zune. I also find <a href="http://www.nidesoft.com/dvd-ripper.html">Nidesoft
    DVD Ripper</a> could help you convert DVD to all popular video or audio
    formats easily!

    As for connectivity
    The Zune HD is able to stream music over Wi-Fi, something the iPod Touch
    cannot do out of the box. But the iPod Touch can stream music over Bluetooth
    (via A2DP) to compatible players.

    Feature-by-feature, the Zune HD and iPod Touch are very similar and now the
    lower price puts advantage over the Zune HD. But in long time, iPod has been
    occupied the major markets. Can Zune HD win iPod Touch? We have to wait.
     
    lemen, Oct 30, 2009
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  2. lemen

    santa Guest

    good information!

     
    santa, Dec 16, 2009
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