The Stupid, Idiotic and Annoying Things about the Zune-brick
I first started writing this article with a positive attitude concerning Microsoft's MP3 player. I ended up thinking Zune is a crap. So I changed the title.
First of all, as a Zune reviewer, you have to sign something that's called 'reviewers kit agreement', probably one of the most stupid things ever to emanate from Redmond. As John C Dvorak said, they should really be ashamed of themselves for sending this piece of paper to intelligent people
According to the contract, you cannot take Zune it apart, you have no permission whatsoever to disassemble it (can you remove the battery?!) and you have to write in your review only terms imposed by the contract. We all know that it is of common sense for enthusiast sites to review a product by disassembling it and posting pictures of how it looks inside, just to give the potential customers the chance of knowing more about what they'll buy.
One reason for Microsoft's secrecy (or stupidity, but that is just so common for Redmond) is the fact that customers could actually find out before they buy what Zune is actually like: almost twice bigger than any regular iPod (and probably even bigger than iPodâs manualâ¦). So I say to my self: ok, it has these dimensions because it gives you a lot of new features and you can't pack those into something smaller. But then again: maybe they've included some big, old flash memory or some components from the â90 and they wouldnât want you to realize that before