When deciding on which music player is better, it’s also important to look at it’s software. The Zune Marketplace, and iTunes both have their goods and bads, and it’s hard to say which one is better, seeing how it’s mostly personal preference. Here’s what we think about the two.
Transferring music to th Zune is very simple if you’ve already got iTunes. When installing Zune’s software, iTunes playlist automatically transfers most of it’s songs to the Zune marketplace. I say most because you can only transfer songs that are unprotected, meaning unpurchased songs. One downside to the Zune software is that you can’t drag and drop songs onto the Zune like you can with the iPod.
When buying music, iTunes has a greater selection by about 2 million more songs, although the Zune marketplace should catch up over time. One great thing about the Zune is that if you’re in the mood to buy tons of songs you can select the plan where you only have to pay $15 per month for unlimited songs.
If you’re interested in playlists I would have to go with iTunes. The one great downside to the Zune marketplace is that it doesn’t have smart playlists. Many people use them so organize your playlists.
Music presentation is also a big thing when your working with a music player. iTunes has sidebar contains a library, the store, and your playlists. The Zune marketplace has it’s sidebar organized by playlists, library, and marketplace. Then searching through your playlists iTunes shows many textual views, while the Zune marketplace has the same options but with more icons. Basically the two are much alike, so this one’s a toss up.