Microsoft Zune 80

Microsoft Zune 80
80GB / 127.6g
Manufacturer: Microsoft | Product category: Portable MP3 players
Capacity 80GB
Storage medium? Hard drive
Memory card slot? No memory card slot
Radio Yes
Display? Yes
Display size? 3,2"
Resolution? 320 x 240
Touch screen No
Headphone jack? 3.5mm headphone jack
PC connection? USB / USB2
Supported audio formats MP3 / FLAC / Ogg Vorbis / AAC / AAC (FairPlay) / WMA (non-DRM) / WMA (DRM)
Video playback Yes
Supported video formats MPEG-1
Supported video formats MPEG-2
Supported video formats MPEG-4/H.264 / AVC/WMV/WMV (DRM)
WiFi / WLAN? Yes
Weight 127,6g

  • Display (Display)

    The display eases the use of the player, even if the device is only used for listening to music. You can, for example, easily browse through songs and artists, adjust the settings, or, if supported by the player, watch images and videos.

  • Display size (Display size)

    The diagonal of the display in inches.

  • Resolution (Display resolution (nnn x nnn))

    Resolution refers to the amount of horizontal and vertical pixels the device uses to generate the image on screen, i.e. the physical number of columns and rows of pixels creating the display. The resolution is given as horizontal pixels x vertical pixels ("width x height").

  • PC connection (Computer connection)

    The player is usually connected to a computer via an USB or FireWire-cable. Quite often, however, the player end of the cable requires a special connector designed by the manufacturer.

  • Storage medium (Storage medium type)

    MP3 Players can use either flash memory or hard disk drive (HDD) to store the MP3 music files. Flash memory is a non-mechanical solid state technology, and therefore it is lighter and more power efficient than HDD. Flash is also more resilient to such hazards as dropping or fragmentation. On the other hand, HDD offers more storage capacity than flash memory: flash-based players only offer storage capacity up to 32 gigabytes (GB), while HDD players reach up to around 250-300 GB.

  • MP3 (MP3 playbck support)

    Usually all digital music players are capable of playing MP3 files. However, the playback of various forms of DRM protected files is often limited to a number of players. The same applies to more special file formats, such as FLAC, Ogg vorbis, AAC and WMA.

  • Headphone jack (Headphone jack type)

    The headphone jack most commonly used is 3.5 mm in diameter. Sometimes a smaller 2.5 mm jack is also used, which saves space. The downside is that most headphones are equipped with a 3.5 mm plug and require an adapter to fit into the 2.5 mm jack. Some manufacturers also use their own proprietary jacks.

  • WiFi / WLAN (Integrated WiFi / WLAN)

    Some modern players have the ability to transfer data through Wireless LAN (WiFi) connection. However, the connection is seldom used for data synchronization, but rather to provide access to the Internet or proprietary services.

  • Memory card slot (Memory card slot)

    Some MP3 players have a slot for external memory card, which can be used to connect memory cards containing music for playback.

  Rating: 4 / 5 Value for money: 4 / 5

Very nice - I've had my 80GB Zune for a little over a year now, and it's still running perfectly after months of constant use.

The Zune software is a bit clunky, but I really only use it to put music on the Zune, takes maybe ten minutes at a time.

I'd been an iPod user up until I bought my Zune, got the 5G Video iPod on launch... the headphone jack died just less than a year after that. I then had to go to the nearest Apple Store and convince the pompous douches at the "Genius" Bar that it wasn't a user error, that it couldn't take the constant use, which they wouldn't believe, because Apple products can never fail. Hours of haggling, and nudging, and putting up with the overpowering stench of patchouli. This happened with every iPod I owned.
On the third occasion, they convinced me to get a refurbished model, saying that my warranty had expired and that buying the refurb would give me a year's warranty. On the third, they convinced me to upgrade to the 6G, claiming that my warranty had expired two months prior, and that the headphone jack issue was solved in the 6G. Of course, the headphone jack still died, at which point I gave up, sold the iPod, and got my Zune.

I've yet to see how Microsoft's tech support fairs in comparison to Apple's, my Zune hasn't had a single problem yet, but, honestly, anything could beat the yearly Genius Bar trips.

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  Rating: 5 / 5 Value for money: 5 / 5

I don't have the 80GB one but the 120GB one. No difference really, they are both black and mine has larger space. So...Ya

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  Rating: 5 / 5 Value for money: 5 / 5

I have owned a huge variety of mp3 players including ipod, sansa, creative, archos, iriver and many more. This one is the Best! zune pwn's ipod!

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