If the only two choices were Apple or Microsoft... I wouldn't bother.
I really like my iPhone, and I think iPods make very nice mp3 players. Lots of apps and other devices that will work with them as well (my car stereo has iPod control, which is very handy for me).
Never used or even seen a Zune before. I doubt Zune can come even close in terms of all the apps you can get for the iPod touch. Can you even install apps on the Zune?
If you want something that works well with Linux and you only want to listen to music, plus has tons of codec support, I'd say get something by COWON. The only reason I replaced mine with an iPhone is because I wanted to put my music player and phone into one device. Plus, I wanted to be able to browse the web and use all the apps.
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Neither! I use my Sony MP3 player. I can easily copy to and from my Sony with Nautilus. No dependency on third party music players to sync with.
I will never buy an Apple product.
PS. What is with the public poll?
I never used a zune but I voted for it because I hated the ipod I had. My choice would be neither though. I would get a Cowon(Great sound quality!), Sansa(Very linux friendly and fair price) , or a good android phone (Very convenient and you get pandora!). I've used all three of those and they are awesome.
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You must realize that when you make a poll like this on a forum like this, many users will immediately think of the companies behind the products as well as the products themselves.
From a purely technical standpoint, the Zune HD is a low priority for Microsoft, and it shows. It's more of a media player than an MID. The iPod Touch, (I'm assuming we're taking the best from each category) is more of an iPhone without a calling feature. From the selection of useful applications, to the processor and software combination, to the sheer amount of things you can do with it, the iPod Touch is a technically superior product.
Zune vs iPod is much more even, though, although pretty much that- perfectly even.
On that note, you have to acknowledge another technical aspect- ease of use. Zune and iPod, in all their forms, support a limited number of formats for music and video, and the iPod will officially work on OS X and Windows, while the Zune will work only on Windows.
So, from a technical standpoint, the iPod is more often than not superior in features, portability, and it doesn't seem to have an issue with having an easy to use interface (most portable devices these days don't, given Android being exceptional and open source- there's no reason to get away with a crappy interface since there's no vendor lock in).
However, if you only care about playing music and videos, and you don't care about the technical stuff, just how well you can show you hate a company, I guess the Zune might be better at showing how much you hate Apple. In that case, why not save some money and get a media player from Samsung or something?
I have a iPod classic 6th gen in my VW GTI, as it has the docking station, and I periodically update it with music form my PC. It never comes out of the car, because I can't stand the UI and its too heavy for gym use. Only own it because it was free. I decided after my Ipod 5th gen broke not to buy another and oddly I gained two more by donation.
Never used a Zune and wouldn't bother with one. Too expensive for my tastes theese days.
I have a Sansa Clip+ and love it. Its my go to player of choice. It has 8GB built in, has the option for 32GB more by microSD card and has a build in clip which is great for the gym or being on the go. Unlike the Ipod shuffle it has a screen.
When my first one broke, SanDisk sent me a new one, not referbished! N-E-W! New in the box. That is awesome customer service!
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I have a Creative Zen, and it costs about 1/3 of the Zune or iPod, and it works with Windows, Linux, and OS X.
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