Hard Drivin' Zunes: 80GB Zune and 120GB Zune

The 80GB Zune and the 120GB Zune have hard drives instead of flash memory. They are the bigger brothers of the Zune 4, 8 and 16. A little bigger and a little heavier with far more storage capacity.

Zune 80 GB Digital Media Player (Black)
Zune 80 GB (Black)

Zune 120 GB Digital Media Player (Red)
Zune 120 GB (Red)

Why is this important for you?

Well, since they have drives they are not well suited for the rapid movements that occur during workouts. They may cause songs to skip. Definitely not cool.

But they are great for carrying your entire media collection with you to the office or on long trips. Unfortunately they are also a little more delicate so don't go around dropping these guys!

Also, the Zune 30 belongs to this category. It was the first generation hard drive based Zune and is currently discontinued.

If you are not familiar with the general features of a Zune, start here first.

Then come back and continue to read this article...

Back so soon? Ok, here I'll talk about only what's special about the Zune 80 and Zune 120.

Both of these players are identical except for storage capacity, color and price.

So if you are looking at buying one of these players, these are the three things you need to look at. I'll discuss them in detail below.

Storage Capacity

The number following the Zune represents the number of GB that is available for storage.

For example, the Zune 80 contains 80 GB of storage and the Zune 120 contains 120 GB of storage.

Wait, I need to say that again - 80 GB and 120 GB of storage - in your pocket!!

What does this mean? It means that the Zune 80 is capable of carrying 20,000 songs or 250 hours of video.

If you consider an average CD to be 10 songs you are looking at carrying 2000 CDs in your pocket. Or 250 one hour TV shows.

Does that sound like your entire media collection? If not, the 120 GB Zune can carry 30,000 songs or 375 hours of video. Wow!


Sorry. You don't have a lot to select from. These players are available in only black or red.


These players have a beautiful 3.2 inch color LCD screen with a resolution of 320 x 240.

It's obvious they were designed for video. Much better than the small 1.8 inch screen of the Zune 8.


These players are 2.4 inches wide, 4.3 inches tall and half an inch thick. Bigger than the Zune 8 but not too bad considering all the storage you are getting.


Not surprisingly, these players are pricier than their little sisters at $229.99 and $249.99 for the 80GB Zune and 120GB Zune.

Of course, these are retail prices. You can get these players for a decent discount if you shop at online stores like Amazon.com.

You never pay retail, right?


If you are considering buying the 80GB Zune or 120GB Zune, you should probably also look at the iPod Classic which is very similar.

Only you can decide which device is right for you.

Next Steps...

Click here to look at a full side-by-side comparison of the Zune vs iPod Classic which may help you make your decision.

Learn more about the 80 GB Zune.

Learn more about the 120 GB Zune.

Learn more about flash-based Zune models.

The Zune HD is the PREMIUM Zune experience! Learn more about it here.

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