Anderton Posted January 1, 2005 Share Posted January 1, 2005 I got my wife an iPod from Sweetwater, she got me a Creative Zen from Circuit City. Both 40GB. I've been loading hers with tunes and loading mine, and have some observations... Cost: No contest. After the Circut City rebate, a 40 GB Zen costs half of a 40GB iPod. Display: iPod is far better. Operating system: The iPod's touch interface is much better than the Zen's scroll wheel. Data compression: WMA at 96kbps sounds equivalent to AAC at 128kbps. Far as I'm concerned, you can fit more stuff on the Zen without a sound quality tradeoff. In either case, forget MP3. Backup: The way you backup with the iPod is to maintain the same library on a hard disk somewhere. If the iPod dies, you can transfer the library over. You CANNOT move files from the iPod out to the hard drive. With the Zen, you can transfer the drive to your PC, or from PC to Zen...whatever. This also lets you defragment: Send the Zen files to PC, erase Zen, copy back from PC to Zen. Very cool. Big advantage to Zen. Size and weight: iPod, period. Software: iTunes is cool, but I also like the Zen's Explorer-like drag and drop interface. Draw. Battery life: Zen is a teeny bit ahead. Battery replacement: Zen's battery is user-replaceable. Status symbol: iPod. If Apple doesn't protect their trademark, iPod is going to become like "Kleenex." Bottom line: The iPod is really cool. But the Zen is way underrated, particularly with respect to backup capabilities. Comments? Craig Anderton Educational site: http://www.craiganderton.org Music: http://www.youtube.com/thecraiganderton Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/craig_anderton Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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