Well now we have a few more details on Microsoft’s new Zune portable media player. Its dimensions were released, and it’s 4.4″ tall by 2.4″ wide, and it’s 0.58″ thick. For comparison, the 30 GB 5G iPod is 4.1″ tall by 2.4″ wide, and it’s 0.4″ thick. The iPod weighs 4.8 ounces to the Zune’s 5.6 ounces. So they’re pretty similar, but the Zune is thicker, taller, and heavier. :/
Zune Marketplace can apparently use the “Microsoft Points” originally designed for Xbox Live Marketplace. The same points can be transferred from the Zune store to the Xbox store – that’s pretty cool, but I still don’t think I’d ever buy anything.
The maximum video resolution Zune is capable of playing is 320×240, which isn’t going to look too good on a 65″ TV. It’s possible that this will be expanded in the future. The battery is only 700 mAh, and (go figure) it’s not user-replaceable (sigh). It’s supposed to have “very comparable” video playback battery life to the iPod, which could mean as much as 6 hours. The WiFi isn’t just 802.11b though – it’s 802.11b/g.