The next contender has stepped up for the iPod: the Zune 80 by Microsoft. iRiver and other competitors have failed. Can the Zune match up? Let’s start with the packaging. When opening the package for the Zune 80, it’s like opening a holiday present with wrapping paper, glossy film, and a soft, velvet bag. The mp3 player itself is a sleek black device that is easy to walk around with.
Now, on for the specs. The Zune 80 has a 3.2 inch screen, FM radio, video, good audio quality, and get this: it has an unlimited music subscription service. It also has wi-fi syncing and sharing which is not offered on the iPhone or new iPod Touch. For the negatives, its battery life is weaker than the iPod; it requires its own computer software, and doesn’t offer TV or movie downloads. This 80GB mp3 player is a noteworthy competitor to the iPod and may be purchased for app. $250.