14.07.08 by Jeff

Booooooom gets a Zuuuuuuune.

The traffic on the site continues to climb, so a giant thank you to all of you who are spreading the word! Business is boooooooming! This could be why a box arrived at my doorstep the other day containing a brand-spanking new Zune. Apparently 300 bloggers across Canada are receiving these 8GB flash Zunes and Microsoft is hoping for some good old fashion word-of-mouth text-on-blog advertising. As I opened the box I said a little prayer for the Zune: “Please God, let the Zune be a decent product because I am going to be blatantly honest about it, and if it’s bad… this review could get ugly.”

Now I wouldn’t say that I am “Pro-Apple” and “Anti-Microsoft”, I am just “Pro-quality-products” and “Anti-crappy-junk”. I also don’t break the bank when it isn’t necessary. Case in point, Apple was selling a sexy widescreen cinema display for $700 and I wanted it. After a bit of research I discovered that Dell’s Ultrasharp monitor was the exact same LCD (just packaged differently) at half the price. I bought the Ultrasharp and I’m loving it. Dell’s customer service is also 1,000 times better than Apple’s, but I digress…

There were two other packages included with the Zune, one contained this little USB AC adapter,

and the other contained these premium headphones! This is exactly the kind of accessory I rarely spend my money on, so the idea that my ears would be flying first-class for a change was a bit exciting.

+2 Bonus points for Microsoft, they took a chance on brown, hot pink, and orange, and it worked.

My white balance is a bit off here, that “red’ is actually pink. Interchangeable covers for the standard headphones…

…the standard headphones that I’ll be throwing in the garbage because I’m flying first-class remember? Booyah, I will call the left one Will Smith and the right one Martin Lawrence (you do the math!)

Things were going so well until I had to download the Zune software to my PC. I was stuck staring at this screen for roughly 20 minutes. Eventually a percentage appeared on the screen and when it finally got to 100% guess what it did? Yes! It started over at 1%, of course! I was about ready to leave some “musical marks” on someone’s face.

Once I got the software loaded it was pretty much smooth sailing. I had to christen my Zune with one of the greatest albums of all time and was happy to find that the “rip” function works just as quick as it does in iTunes on my mac.

I was told that the Zune Social network feature enables you to locate your friends (or anyone else sharing music) via wifi and allows you to send music to each other. That’s what I was told. I have yet to locate a single soul on the Zune Social network to verify this information (hopefully due to the fact that Canada only just got these little guys).

Here I pretended to watch a clip of a breakdancer (clip was pre-loaded on the Zune) for your benefit. The video playback was quite good, although anything’s gonna look good on a screen the size of a calculator watch. Forget all these home theatre systems – you want high definition? Buy a small ass tv and sit as far away from it as possible.

Conclusion:

The Zune is certainly not better than the iPod, however I don’t think it’s any worse. The size and weight is nearly identical to the iPod Nano, the touch pad is similar to the wheel, and functions like adding a song to a quicklist are all there.

The one glaring error, and this is a big one, is that the Zune will only work on a PC. Why? Why do this? Why? You already have to convince PC-users that this product is a better choice than the Apple alternative and now you totally eliminate the possibility of having anyone on a Mac even consider purchasing a Zune. If the Zune was vastly different from the iPod I could understand shutting out Apple-users in an attempt to be exclusive but the products are so similar that no one is going to care. It’s like if you invented the drinking straw and then a few years later I invented the “suck-tube”, and the “suck-tube” was extremely similar to the drinking straw but only for Japanese people. 1. YOU WOULDN’T CARE AT ALL! 2. Most Japanese people would continue using the drinking straw! 3. My business would fail!

The Zune is a well-designed identical-twin homage to the iPod. Nothing mind-blowingly awesome but it does everything you’d expect it to do. PC-users, you will be satisfied with this purchase. Mac-users, you can continue to sleep soundly. 5 O’s out of a possible 7.













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



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  • Steve Fernandes

    hahahaha… very sexy rating scheme. genius. whoever came up with the rating scheme must be a genius, i guess that defaults to you.

    (p.s. i failed to fall asleep so i came here to read)

  • http://www.shotsringout.com Brian

    Man I need to move to Canada. All kinds of crazy shit going on up there.

  • http://aprintaday.blogspot.com yasmine

    sounds like a sweet product. but to snub us mac users isn’t too forward thinking-ish. i’m not pro-mac or pc either. i’m pro whatever works and doesn’t break down on me on the first month, really. but fact of the matter is, most of the things i do are done in a mac. and to manufacture things, creative software especially, that don’t work on both platforms is missing out a great deal.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    totally agree^ – we’ll see maybe they’ll open it up for both…

    if either of you lived in canada i coulda had one sent out to you as well – i had a nominate a fellow-blogger card to fill out!

  • http://www.savourychef.com Kyle Nordman

    So let me get this straight.. you invented the suck straw? monumental achievement bro.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    I would sell you one but unfortunately they are only for Japanese people!

  • http://www.hotmail.com stewart

    I enjoy the fact that you are giving it 5 out of 7..such a random rating system…lawl

  • Winston

    Thats 5 O’s out of 7 Stewart..

  • http://bradpickerill@gmail.com brad

    You are half right in that the zune wont work with macs. It will work with macs that have Windows installed on either Parallels or Bootcamp. I personally point people in the direction of Parallels as it allows data transfer back and forth between operating systems. However this is the most cost effective solution if and only if you have a copy of XP readily avaliable to install.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    fair enough. i just think running windows on a mac is like riding a bicycle while wearing rollerblades. you can do it, but why.

  • http://bradpickerill@gmail.com brad

    in my case get i had a zune before i converted to an imac and a mac book pro

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Ultimate List of all the Best Art + Photo Tumblrs to Follow

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*Update April 28th 2016 – We are continuing to update this list, removing Tumblrs that are no longer updated very frequently, and adding more as they are submitted. Please read the text below before submitting your Tumblr for consideration! Thank you all for the help, this has become an amazing resource – let’s keep it going!

 

I am compiling an extensive list of all the art and photography Tumblrs worth following. I would love your help to make this the ultimate list! Please leave a comment below with your suggestions and I will update this list with the best suggestions.

This list will focus as much as possible on Tumblrs that survey new work by different people and credit the creators of the images. Please do not submit Tumblrs that only focus on one person’s work (ie. your own personal portfolio) or mood boards that do not make any effort to link back to the source of the work.

Please share this with friends, the more input we have the better this resource will be!

 

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antronaut.net

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artruby.com

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blackcontemporaryart.tumblr.com

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cosascool.tumblr.com

covetarts.tumblr.com

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drawingdiary.tumblr.com

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exhibition-ism.com

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gills.tumblr.com

gradientchild.tumblr.com

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heliocentrism.tumblr.com

hifructosemag.tumblr.com

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human-empathy.tumblr.com

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hyperallergic.tumblr.com

i-love-art.tumblr.com

iamjapanese.tumblr.com

iceblack.tumblr.com

if-you-leave.tumblr.com

iheartmyart.com

inspiredbyme.tumblr.com

jennilee.tumblr.com

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jillsies.tumblr.com

julianminima.tumblr.com

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killthecollector.tumblr.com

kinetics.tumblr.com

krypten.tumblr.com

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lacma.tumblr.com

laravissante.tumblr.com

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lesthetiquedelinventaire.tumblr.com

like-ivy.tumblr.com

limboyouth.com

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malaising.tumblr.com

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mdme-x.tumblr.com

mpdrolet.tumblr.com

murmansea.tumblr.com

museumoflatinamericanart.tumblr.com

museumuesum.tumblr.com

myampgoesto11.tumblr.com

mydarkenedeyes.tumblr.com

mydeadpony.tumblr.com

nattonelli.tumblr.com

nearlya.tumblr.com

neural-network.tumblr.com

ninebagatelles.tumblr.com

nopefun.com

nyctaeus.tumblr.com

oldhorse.tumblr.com

oneforeverywish.tumblr.com

oxane.tumblr.com

paper-journal.tumblr.com

photographersdirectory.tumblr.com

photographsonthebrain.com

planetaryfolklore.tumblr.com

plotsummary.tumblr.com

postpatternism.tumblr.com

razorshapes.tumblr.com

robotscrytoo.com

ronulicny.tumblr.com

roomdark.tumblr.com

rustybreak.tumblr.com

ryandonato.com

sculptores.tumblr.com

sculpture-center.tumblr.com

selektormagazine.tumblr.com

semihlakerta.tumblr.com

sensitive.tumblr.com

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shootinggallery.tumblr.com

showslow.tumblr.com

somewhatreal.tumblr.com

sonicteeth.tumblr.com

spatula.tumblr.com

spraybeast.tumblr.com

staged-photography.tumblr.com

supersonicelectronic.com

technolowgy.tumblr.com

the-coven.tumblr.com

the-drawing-center.tumblr.com

the-social-collective.tumblr.com

thecreatorsproject.tumblr.com

thefunctionfordrift.tumblr.com

thegetty.tumblr.com

theheavycollective.com

thewowpicture.tumblr.com

thisisnthappiness.com

timelightbox.tumblr.com

toutpetitlaplanete.tumblr.com

turbofolk.tumblr.com

unknowneditors.tumblr.com

untrustyou.tumblr.com

visual-poetry.tumblr.com

visualhunt.tumblr.com

voodoovoodoo.tumblr.com

wandering-bears.tumblr.com

whereiseefashion.tumblr.com

whitneymuseum.tumblr.com

wowgreat.tumblr.com

young-shot.com

 

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