09 January, 2007

**Zune-Bashing Ahead, Villeins**

I was about to go into DTs because I couldn't get into my blog. That's a sad statement on the state of affairs in my world, I realise. Yet there it is.

By now, I'm sure you've heard the wonderful news about the iPhone, yet another gadget I do not need and cannot afford, yet crave badly. Every year the MacWorld keynote really tests my Tenth Commandment stamina, because I always come away coveting something. It's truly sad.

Speaking of sad, let us all take a few moments to mourn the passing of The Zune. Much like a Dickensian character, it was destined from birth for failure. Today was the day that I think we've seen the manner and mode of its death.

People have only so much disposable income--trust me on this. Gadget people want the newest and shiniest possible tool with the most productivity. As of right now, The Zune has been supplanted by the iPhone. Huzzah!

Yes, that is the second time I've written "Huzzah" today. I've been reading this book in my spare time, and it's been colouring my speech. I've started calling my dogs "varlets". It's yet more sadness invading my world.

9 Comments:

At 2:29 PM, January 09, 2007, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

The Apple TV idea will have a larger impact than the phone. Give it time.

It will not only supplant the TiVo, but will completely change viewing habits.

It will allow you to download BSG through iTunes, with podcast commentary, and watch it on your television.

When that's over, you can queue up the latest video blogcast from your favorite bloggers.

It gives the dude with a camera and an idea a distribution channel for stuff he does on the net. No longer do you sit in front of a computer to watch the latest from [insert internet flavor of the month], but can sit on the couch and watch it on your 52" plasma. It's the last piece in the puzzle for that revolution that the Michael Rosenwhatsis was talking about.

Any group of creative and driven folks (with a bankroll)could start their own for lack of a better term, television network.

 
At 3:28 PM, January 09, 2007, Blogger Pink Kitty said...

IwantIwantIwantIwantIwantIwantIwantIwantIwantIwantIwantIwantIwant

As Mark told me "His Steveness is teaching you patience, grasshopper."

Suck it, Microsoft.

Kat, after reading what you said at NiT, have I told you lately that you are one of my favorite people and that I love ya?

 
At 3:48 PM, January 09, 2007, Anonymous nm said...

You do know that that book is, um, wildly inaccurate, don't you? Not that you shouldn't enjoy it or anything, but please don't think anything about the 14th century based on it, OK?

 
At 3:59 PM, January 09, 2007, Blogger Casey said...

I'm not convinced it's all "wonderful" news. It's very cool, there is no doubt. But if I sit back and consider it practically (which I rarely do), it's a very nice $600 phone that requires me to sign a 2 year contract with Cingular, with too little memory to serve as a replacement for my iPod, especially given the additional demands needed for images, video, and by the way how much of that 4/8GB will be consumed be the OS itself? I think I'll wait on this one.

I was pretty disappointed that there was no news on the Leopard front... actually no news on the Mac front at all at MacWorld. And wrote as much on my increasingly disused blog.

But, I think sarcastro may be on to something the Apple TV could have legs, but it's competing against my Tivo and more recently my Xbox as well. I certainly don't want another box connected to my television... come to think of it, I'm out of inputs on my TV and I have 5! The Xbox could actually sneak in here and do some damage.

Interesting times.

 
At 4:27 PM, January 09, 2007, Blogger Patrick said...

Apple TV > Tivo? Do you have a Tivo, Sarcastro? And do you know whose blog you're posting on?? :D

I personally don't have the $599 + $39.99/mo for phone service + $29.99+/mo. for data to be the coolness that is iPhone. And my company only pays for Verizon phones, so until there's a merger, policy change and price drop, I'm stuck carrying both a RAZR and a nano.

 
At 4:38 PM, January 09, 2007, Blogger Patrick said...

Oh, and what I originally meant to comment about: the report of the death of the Zune is highly suspect. It's big enough to hold most of Casey's music and movies, and its papa has deep enough pockets to keep it alive no matter the number of iProducts that get zinged at it. Plus, you still can't fill your iPod full of music for six bucks a month.

 
At 6:21 PM, January 09, 2007, Blogger Lynnster said...

I've gotta admit - I have never ever been an Apple fan and have spent 20+ years avoiding all such. My sister's new iPod is nice, but I can't stand iTunes. Etc. - you get the idea.

That said, I think the Zune is one of the biggest mistakes ever made. My barometer is personal - when I first read about it, I wasn't the least bit interested. Nothing I've read since has impressed me.

I think something else (maybe even something else from Microsoft) will come along and become Apple's biggest competition, but it's been my opinion that the Zune - like New Coke - is an unfortunate marketing mistake. My $0.02...

 
At 7:00 PM, January 09, 2007, Blogger Kat Coble said...

The Apple TV idea will have a larger impact than the phone. Give it time.


I don't doubt that it will, but until it can integrate with TiVo content going the other direction, I'm really ticked off with Apple.

In short, why isn't there a TiVo To Go for Mac? They promise and promise, and still don't deliver.

But yes, you're right, AppleTV does expand the modes of distribution for independently-created content. And I'm all for that.

after reading what you said at NiT, have I told you lately that you are one of my favorite people and that I love ya?

Well, shucks. Thanks for that. But I'm not sure which thing you mean. I hope it's not the peeing-standing-up thing.

You do know that that book is, um, wildly inaccurate, don't you?

Oh I'm sure that it is. It's just that I was named after that book, and so I read it from time to time. Still can't believe my mom named me after a slutty mistress.

But if I sit back and consider it practically (which I rarely do),

Casey, Casey, Casey. Don't you know that when Apple introduces The Pretty, we must dwell on The Pretty for at least 12 hours before we start pointing out the Glaring Impracticality of it? What is geekness for, if not the ability to be entranced by shiny objects?

the report of the death of the Zune is highly suspect.

Uh-huh. Sure. Keep telling yourself that. It's not that it's DEAD, as much as it's just meh. I'm with Lynnster on the "new coke" analogy.

 
At 12:46 PM, January 10, 2007, Anonymous nm said...

I was named after that book, and so I read it from time to time. Still can't believe my mom named me after a slutty mistress.

You were? That's very romantic, actually. And she wasn't slutty, she was just self-determining. And she was named in John of Gaunt's will (a very long document, enumerating every last piece of property he owned, which was lots, and which I once needed to read) as a woman of great beauty, which as far as I know is a unique reference in wills from that period.

 

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