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Published on October 3rd, 2007 | by James Smythe

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Zune vs. iPod Specification Comparison

Ah well more Zune new for you. Engadget has put up a comparison of the Zune’ and Apples. This should help show you which player is the best in terms of spec.

Feature Zune 80GB iPod classic 80GB iPod touch 8GB
Price $249.99 $249.00 $299.00
Size (inches) 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.51 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.41 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.31
Weight (ounces) 4.5 4.9 4.2
Display (inches) 3.2 2.5 3.5
Display Type LCD LCD (LED backlight) Touch-sensitive LCD
Resolution 320 x 240 (expected) 320 x 240 480 x 320
Navigation Zune Pad Click Wheel Multi-touch
WiFi Yes (802.11b/g expected) No 802.11b/g
Wireless Sync Yes No No
Wireless Share Yes No No
Wireless Store No No Yes
Web Browser No No Yes
Battery TBD 30 hours music / 5 hours video 22 hours music / 5 hours video
Battery Charge Time TBD 4-hours / 2-hours to 80% 3-hours / 1.5-hours to 80%
Audio Support WMA, DRM’d WMA, WMA Lossless, MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC (expected) AAC, protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple lossless, WAV, and AIFF AAC, protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple lossless, WAV, and AIFF
Video Support WMV, H.264, MPEG-4 H.264, MPEG-4 H.264, MPEG-4
FM Tuner Yes No No
Headphones “Premium” earbuds Apple earbuds Apple earbuds
PC / Mac compatible Yes / No Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
Client Software Zune Software iTunes iTunes
Colors Black Silver, Black Black

Now on to the flash-based Zunes which like Apple’s best selling iPod nano, will likely be Microsoft’s top sellers:

Feature Zune4 / 8GB iPod nano4 / 8GB
Price $149.99 / $199.99 $149.00 / $199.00
Size (inches) 1.6 x 3.6 x 0.33 2.8 x 2.1 x 0.26
Weight (ounces) TBD 1.74
Display (inches) 1.8 2.0
Display Type LCD LCD (LED backlight)
Resolution TBD 320 x 240
Navigation Zune Pad Click Wheel
WiFi Yes (802.11b/g expected) No
Wireless Sync Yes No
Wireless Share Yes No
Wireless Store No No
Web Browser No No
Battery TBD 24 hours music / 5 hours video
Battery Charge Time TBD 3-hours / 1.5-hours to 80%
Audio Support WMA, DRM’d WMA, WMA Lossless, MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC (expected) AAC, protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple lossless, WAV, and AIFF
Video Support WMV, H.264, MPEG-4 H.264, MPEG-4
FM Tuner Yes No
Headphones Microsoft earbuds Apple earbuds
PC / Mac compatible Yes / No Yes / Yes
Client Software Zune Software iTunes
Colors Pink, Green, Black, Red Silver, Black, Blue, Green, (PRODUCT) RED

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I am a UK tech blogger and have been in the industry for over 5 years now running Mighty Gadget, its sister sites and contributing to other sites around the web.



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