Tag: audio

Zune or iPod Touch?

by on Aug.06, 2009, under thoughts

There’s been a bit of news about Microsoft’s newest addition to it’s Zune PMP line, the Zune HD lately. It’s a device created to directly compete with the iPod touch, carrying a capacitive touch screen, and giving the ability to play HD video, listen to HD radio, and browse the web. Oh, yeah, it plays music, too. A recent review on CNET makes the device sound quite enticing. This review was posted on digg, where I saw it, and proceeded to read the comments.

I noticed a couple people requesting a feature that I immediately knew wouldn’t be in the Zune HD: the ability to play FLAC. To me, this seemed kind of silly. Why would a product made by a big-name company like Microsoft or Apple, be able to play a free and open audio format, when they’ve already invented their own? As I started to think about it, that should be precisely the reason a device SHOULD be able to play FLAC: it’s free and open, and therefore, easy to implement. But, this is a move Microsoft and Apple will never make, because they’re fighting for more than your pocket.

They’re fighting for your audio format. (continue reading…)

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