Bring It, Zune
BROWN, THE NEW BLACK?
iPod comes in black or white; its Nano adds silver, blue, green, and pink. Zune comes in white, black...and brown? An odd option, perhaps. But look at what brown has done for LG's Chocolate phone.
Zune checks in at nearly an ounce more than the comparable 30-GB iPod and a smidgen thicker. That makes it a bit harder to slide into your jeans pocket.
Zune plays video on a slightly larger screen, but its online service doesn't yet have deals to sell movies or TV shows, as iTunes does.
ONE SIZE FITS ALL
At launch, Zune comes in a 30-gigabyte model, enough to hold 7,500 songs. The iPod family ranges from a tiny 1-GB shuffle to the capacious 80-GB player.
PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS...
In its most daring gambit, Zune includes Wi-Fi so you can swap songs with other Zuners. That opens the door to yet-to-be-announced features. But the Wi-Fi also sucks battery power.
...EXCEPT FOR APPLE
The iPod works with both Windows and Macintosh personal computers. The Zune? Microsoft says it's a Windows-only device.
Zune debuts with only a handful of accessories such as car stereo adapters. The iPod has thousands of them, including such esoterica as a toilet paper holder speaker system.