Microsoft Zune HD vs. Apple iPod Touch

By: Brooke Fontana

zune-hd-vs-ipod-touchChattanooga(UTC/The Loop) -Portable media players have become a necessity in most peoples lives, but with the infinite amount of options to chose from it leaves most consumers in the dark about which player is right for them. Apple and Microsoft are in deep competition to win customers over with their advanced portable media players. Here are some ideas to help you chose which technologically advanced device fits your needs, and budget.

Specs for the Zune HD: Microsoft has made a leap in the technology field with their newest version of the Zune portable media player that combines powerful hardware components such as 16:9 organic light-emitting diode (OLED) Multi-Touch 3.3 inch screen, and NVIDIA Tegra HD processer, and HD Radio capabilities. It is one of the first portable audio devices to incorporate an HD radio tuner.

According to Microsoft the Zune HD’s battery life stands at 33 hours of music playback and 8.5 hours of video (with Wi-Fi deactivated). If these numbers are correct, then this is a major improvement of previous generations of Zune that were known to have poor battery life. The Zune HD also has new software advancements such as the Quickplay menu, Web browser, and music and video playbacks that are very appealing. Quickplay is a new signature menu for Zune, which makes it easier for users to find content they love, such as podcasts, music, videos, pictures and much more. Other features include Wi-Fi capabilities, and email. Zune HD is available from major retailers with a black 16GB version for around $219.99 and a platinum 32GB version for $289.99. The Zune is PC compatible.

Specs for the Apple iPod Touch: Apple is always upgrading their technology and with the iPod touch this still stands true. The iPod touch lets you enjoy everything you adore about an iPod plus more. You can watch your movies and TV shows on a 3.5- inch display.  The Touch’s battery life according to Apple is 30 hours of music playback, and 6 hours of video playback (when fully charged). The Touch is also environmentally friendly.

  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • Mercury-free LED-backlit display
  • PVC-free
  • Highly recyclable stainless steel enclosure

It comes in 8 GB, 34 GB and 64GB with prices starting at $199.00 and going up to $399.99 for the 64GB. The iPod Touch is Apple and PC compatible. Some other features of the Touch include Wi-Fi capabilities, Nike + iPod support built in, endless amounts of downloadable applications, and Safari Web Browser.

Customer Comments

If you expected a ton of apps on the Zune marketplace then you will be disappointed,” Gadgetzrock (Amazon Customer).

Another customer stated,”No one in their right mind would give up the thousands of apps available for the iPod Touch”, G. Vernon (Amazon Customer).

“I’ve been waiting for the Zune for two months and could not be more pleased now that I have the device. It’s a cool, sleek device that’s come a long way. The music and audio are very, very good. It’s quite a concession to the quality of the Zune if a main remaining difference with the IPod is the Apps” ,iuherd (Cnet Reviewer)


Zune HD

  • Web Browser
  • PC compatible
  • Limited  number of applications available
  • Wi-Fi compatable
  • 16 GB and 32 GB versions
  • 33 hour(music) and 7 hour(video) battery life
  • Radio Tuner
  • 3.3 inch screen

Apple iPod Touch

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  • Safari Web Browser
  • 3.5 inch display
  • Large amounts of applications avaliable
  • Mac and PC compatable
  • Wi-Fi compatable
  • 30 hour(music) and 6 hour(video) battery life
  • 8GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions
  • Eco friendly

So Which is Better?

If online sales on are any indication of which portable media player is “better” than the iPod wins. Apple’s 32GB iPod Touch was the second top seller in Amazon’s electronics category as of September 17th, while the 32GB Zune HD ranked only seventh on the list. The 16GB Zune HD was 16th on the list.  If cost is your biggest concern both have different price options but the iPod is slightly cheaper.


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  1. Thanks for providing an excellent article comparing Zune HD and iPod I have owned both Zune HD and iPod bt rightnow I am using only Zune HD. It has several great features that I like. Plus it is not carried by everone on the street