Zune vs iPod Nano

Here you'll find a detailed comparison of the Zune vs iPod Nano making it very easy to spot each players strengths and weaknesses.

The Zune 4/8/16 and the iPod Nano 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.

In my opinion, dollar for dollar the Zune provides more value than the iPod due to lower cost and more features.

Features Zune 4/8/16 iPod Nano Overall Who wins?
Size 3.6 inch x 1.6 inch x 0.33 inch 3.6 inch x 1.5 inch x 0.24 inch They are both roughly the same size in height and width, but the iPod is a little thinner. Also the iPod's shape is slightly rounded versus the box like shape of the Zune make it a little prettier to the eye. iPod
Weight 1.7 ounces 1.3 ounces The iPod is notably lighter than the Zune although at these weights both will be unnoticeable in your pocket. iPod
Capacity 4, 8 or 16 GB 8 or 16 GB The Zune gives one additional option as a 4GB version. Zune
Price $99, $139 or $179 $149 or $199 The Zune is cheaper and since it offers a 4GB version it is able to offer a model for less than $100. Zune
Colors 4 GB - 4 colors, 8GB - 5 colors, 16GB - 1 color 9 colors The iPod has many more colors to select from and they look far prettier than what is currently available for the Zune. iPod
Screen 1.8 inch color LCD, 320 x 240 resolution 2 inch color LCD, 320 x 240 resolution The screen on the iPod is slightly larger than the one on the Zune although a 0.2 inch diagonal difference is hardly noticeable to the eyes, so I'm calling this one a draw. Draw
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 Nano does not have WI-FI support and all Zune models support WI-FI. Zune
Battery Life 24 hours music, 4 hours video, 3 hours to charge 24 hours music, 4 hours video, 3 hours to charge Both players have similar battery life and charge times. Draw
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 "Maze" 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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