Zune & iPod: A Tale of Two MP3 Players


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Last week Apple and Microsoft released their fourth quarter MP3
player sales figures, which Apple chooses to call its first quarter
for some odd reason, and the numbers were a startling contrast. On one
hand you had Microsoft with a 54 percent drop off in sales from the
fourth quarter last year. On the other, you had Apple, selling a
record number of iPods (again).

Somewhere Steve Ballmer must be
banging his head against a wall wondering if his company will ever
catch a break, while Steve Jobs convalesces contentedly knowing his
company continues to grow in spite of economic conditions that would
suggest that people would stop buying expensive little gadgets.


Microsoft Zun

For a while now I've been wishing I could replace iTunes with
something on Linux and reduce my need for Windows. It would be nice if
Apple would just release iTunes for Linux but I'M pretty sure that's
not going to happen. The thing is, nothing handles an iPod as good as
iTunes. I can't even play my audio books(.aax) from audible.com on a
Linux machine at all. Last time I had Banchee as my Linux media player
and had it running my iPod, a lot of really bad things happened. For
starters, it started re-naming all of my songs to 4 random capital
letters, something like this, TAGK, or XAZU, and also deleting songs
from my computer completely. I didn't notice it removing songs because
it wasn'

Hardware

I have a zune and an iriver clix mp3 players. When I plug the zune
in, it is detected by windows which attempts to install device driver
software (and always fails) but it is not detected by the actual zune
software itself. Also, it does not show up in "Computer" (as a drive
or mp3 player). The above also happens with the iriver.

Some
other information:

I've plugged in an ipod nano, and that
was detected by itunes and works fine I uninstalled every mp3 software
(itunes, zune, etc.) and reinstalled over 10 times. (As well as
restarting the mp3 players and the computer). I've been googling this
for about 2 weeks and have found no pertinent information When I go
into device
Hardware

Last week Apple and Microsoft released their fourth quarter MP3
player sales figures, which Apple chooses to call its first quarter
for some odd reason, and the numbers were a startling contrast. On one
hand you had Microsoft with a 54 percent drop off in sales from the
fourth quarter last year. On the other, you had Apple, selling a
record number of iPods (again).

Somewhere Steve Ballmer must be
banging his head against a wall wondering if his company will ever
catch a break, while Steve Jobs convalesces contentedly knowing his
company continues to grow in spite of economic conditions that would
suggest that people would stop buying expensive little gadgets.


Microsoft Zun

Hardware
This is way off-topic, and really has nothing to do with Linux, but I
tried searching on some Mac forums, and whenever this question was
asked, the forum members would just try to convince the original
post-er that she should get an iPod.
My question is this (and
please answer only if you have actual experience with a non-iPod
player on Mac OS X--don't answer if you just think that in theory
something should do something):
When an MP3 player, say a Samsung
Yp or an iRiver says it's compatible with only Windows XP, does that
mean it really just won't work with Mac OS X or that the software to
manage music won't work on Mac OS X (i.e., drag-and-drop will still
work, a
Ubuntu
Hello people
Just wanted to run this by the people here before a
purchase was made.
Christmas is coming fast kid asked for
ipod....well that aint gonna happen as no ipods or zune's in this
house as long as Im running the show :) ha ha
Any how I see
several Samsung models that support Ogg ....well heck ya
I have
been trying to get my kids into Linux and if they could just rip thier
tunes and toss them directly on thier mp3 players and head to school,
I think that would be a big start
Can anyone help verify the :
SAMSUNG 3" Black 8GB MP3 Player YP-P2JCB
Will work for
them? This is the only touch
Ubuntu
I have a Sansa e250 mp3 player which works well with Rockbox on Linux,
but I am in the market for something with more than 4GB of space.
Prefer to use drag and drop mode in the player rather than connecting
it with MTP to a music program. I would love to hear what other
players people use, besides iPods, and which ones support
drag-and-drop disk mounting or Rockbox! More than 4GB of space. This
may be a good thread too for people who want a Linux compatible but
think they are stuck with iPod!
Ubuntu

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