We haven't won over Gabe yet, but Tycho seems to love his Zune!
He had issues with his iPod:
I purchased an iPod Nano for Brenna several months ago, and we have had nothing but problems. I've never heard of this, not from anyone, so I'm not trying to give this paragraph a sinister undercurrent - but for me, the iPod is not a no brainer purchase. My many failed attempts at resolving our issues with the machine make the overriding mental image I associate with the brand not "the unfettered joy of the music lifestyle," but rather "being dragged by slavering dogs through broken whiskey bottles."
Is on the boat for subscription music:
It's true enough that when you stop subscribing, you lose access to that music - but at fifteen dollars a month, that's less than a Goddamn CD. I can't make it out of Sonic Boom Records for less than forty dollars these days, so the idea that there may be some theoretical month where I wouldn't have bought an album isn't really compelling to me. Broken down further, Item Three here has two corollaries, A and B.
and mentions the best retort to 3 days 3 plays complaints that I've ever heard:
A states that, in the unlikely event that I meet another Zune Owner, having a subscription to the service means that the Three Days/Three Plays thing doesn't really exist for most songs - I can sync the device and gain unfettered access to the tracks. Will this ever happen? I think they have enough money to bring the device to Critical Mass, yes.
There have definately been a number of people in the press proclaiming doom and gloom for the Zune, but virtually everyone I know who purchased one has been very satisfied with their purchase and experience with it. I'm thrilled to hear that a mainstream cartoonist/gaming enthusiast like Tycho is enjoying his Zune as well and is willing to blog about it.