Zune vs iPod Classic

Here you'll find a detailed comparison between the Zune vs iPod Classic making it very easy to spot each players strengths and weaknessess.

The Zune 80/120 and the iPod Classic are very similar so when choosing your next media player make sure to look at them both.

So who wins? That really depends on the features most important to you so only you can decide for yourself.

But since you asked nicely, I'm happy to share my opinion...

The Zune 120 has a larger screen size, a huge plus for video. And the extra features that are missing from the iPod Classic make it a no brainer to go with the Zune.

Don't believe me? After you finish reading this page, I think you'll agree.

Feature Zune 80/120 iPod Classic Overall Who Wins?
Size 2.4 inch x 4.3 inch x 0.5 inch 2.4 inch x 4.1 inch x 0.41 inch The iPod is slightly shorter and thinner than the Zune. While I'm giving the edge to the iPod it's not so clear cut as you can see later when comparing the screens. iPod
Weight 4.5 ounces 4.9 ounces The Zune is lighter than the iPod. Also notice that this version of player is 3 times heavier than it's flash memory based counterpart. This is something to pay attention to if you plan to be lugging it around in your pocket. Zune
Capacity 80 or 120 GB 120 GB The Zune gives one additional option as an 80GB version. Zune
Price $229 or $249 $249 The Zune gives you a cheaper alternative with the 80GB model. 80GB is going to more than enough for many users. Zune
Colors Black or Red Black or Silver Both have two decent colors to choose from. Draw
Screen 3.2 inch color LCD, 320 x 240 resolution 2.5 inch color LCD, 320 x 240 resolution The Zune has a significantly larger screen. Very important if you plan to watch a lot of video. Zune
Navigation Zune Pad Click Wheel Both the Zune Pad and Click Wheel make it possible for easy one handed navigation through your media library. Draw
Music Formats MP3, WMA, AAC MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF MP3, WMA and AAC are the most common formats so I'm given Zune the edge here. The iPod supports WAV and AIFF both of which are excellent , however since these are uncompressed formats in my opinion they have limited use on a portable music player where space is at a premium. Zune
Lossless Music Format WMA lossless Apple Lossless For audiophiles both players support a compressed lossless format. Draw
Video Format WMV, MPEG-4, H.264, DVR-MS MPEG-4, H.264 Zune supports more formats and is a better option for video if you own a PC. In addition, it can play video you record from Windows Media Center. Zune
Video to TV No dock needed Dock needed You can use the Zune's AV jack to send video to your TV. For an iPod you'll need to buy an optional AV dock. Zune
Photo Format JPEG JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, PSD, TIFF iPod supports more formats. Files in any other format besides JPEG will have to be converted before they can be viewed on the Zune. iPod
FM Tuner Yes No Not much to say here. The iPod does not have an FM radio tuner. In addition, the Zune can display the song information if the station is broadcasting using RDBS. Zune also allows you to buy a song that you are currently listen to on the radio. Zune
WI-FI Yes No The iPod Classic does not have WI-FI support and all Zune models support WI-FI. Zune
Battery Life 30 hours music, 4 hours video, 3 hours to charge 36 hours music, 6 hours video, 4 hours to charge The iPod has a better battery life. iPod
Accelerometer No Yes Accelerometer on the iPod makes it more interesting. For example shaking it can shuffle the songs. iPod
Games Yes - includes "Hexic" and "Texas Hold 'Em" Yes - includes "Vortex", "iQuiz" and "Klondike" Accelerometer support on the iPod makes games more fun. Although Zune allows you to compete wirelessly with other players so it's kind of a draw. Draw
Wireless sharing Yes No You can share music and photos wirelessly between Zunes. Zune
Audio book Support Yes Yes Both players support Audible and Overdrive audio books. Draw
Podcast support Yes Yes Both players have excellent podcast support through Zune Marketplace and iTunes. Draw
Game Console Compatibility Xbox 360 None Zune allows you to connect to your Xbox 360 and stream a soundtrack for your game playing. Zune
Music Discoverability Excellent Poor The Zune has been designed to facilitate discovery and sharing of new music - from wireless interaction with other Zunes to the Zune Social to the Zune Pass subscription - it's incredibly easy to discover and share music with the Zune. Zune
Language Support 3 Languages - English, French, Spanish More than 20 Languages The iPod has superior language support which will allow for better worldwide adoption compared to the Zune. If you are ok with English then this will not be important to you. iPod

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