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Zune: Standing the Test of Time

Zune HDThe Zune HD has seen many names. In the past it was known as the iPod killer, but now, it is commonly described as dead. While it may be dead to its creator, it is not dead to many people and most likely wont die for a long time. For many of us, we have grown out of the mp3 players of old and have moved on to using our cell phones to hold our favorite music. While this is a great idea, many smart phones tend to be a bit heavy and cumbersome when you are trying to exercise or perform tasks while listening to music. Often, I will put my Windows Phone 7 into my pocket and my earphones in my ears and head out for a little bit of a jog, but I find that about half way through I remember how my Zune HD did the same thing without taking up so much space in my pockets. So yes, the Zune still lives on in the heart of every windows phone, but its physical death is not yet nigh.

Phones with broken or “spider-webbed” screens are unmistakable and seem to be very common. As we move away from buttons that have some structure capable of protecting a phone from its user and toward glass screens that are very exposed, breakage is not only common but almost inevitable. The Zune HD stands out in the breakage department, because of its impeccable design. Stories of the iTouch surviving a fall from any significant distance or going two rounds with the washer and dryer to be found the victor are few and far between. The Zune, on the other hand, has its fair share of battle scars and war stories, but very few purple hearts. Having a smaller surface area, less mass, and that sexy and structurally sound brushed metal backing all contribute to the little devices resiliency. Zune HD boards have tales of Zunes being dropped in the driveway to ward off icy conditions. Upon discovery, what seemed to be an icy grave for the little device turned out to be nothing more than a week long coma after which a full recovery was indicated. Very recently, I myself sent my Zune into the whirling pit of electronic doom (The washer and dryer). Many circuits have been shorted and washed out in this machine, and with only a few layers of polyester fibers separating the device from the dizzying vortex of cleanliness, there was no doubting that the Zune would be bathing in soapy water. Upon its discovery, I left the poor little creature out to dry, and after two weeks of waiting and a USB plug in, the Zune was charging and ready to go to work being music to my ears.

So the Zune’s spirit is not dead, the Zunes of old are not yet gone either. This little device, despite anything we can put it through, will remain beautiful, efficient, and alive for much longer than we ever expected.