Originally Posted by cycomiko
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
And at length. The OLED section alone made the same points at least three times.
Originally Posted by djsherly
...the OLED news is disappointing - I had an OLED screen on a Moto flip phone.. ..and it seemed bright enough. I wonder what gives today?
The link off this paragraph points at a gallery of pictures. It also assumes that all OLEDs are the same. We know that Apple for instance can put inferior LCDs on their screens
Additionally, the fact that OLEDs degrade faster than LCDs is a moot point given the half life of one particular OLED panel is about 17,0000 hours. The device would have been replaced some time before then.
My new Samsung TL320 P&S has an "AMOLED" screen (and claims to be the first cam to have one). It's totally viewable in noonday sun, and the useable viewing angle is amazing. No color/reflective negative shift at all when seen from extreme angles, and I get plenty of "great screen" comments out in the world.
So is this a different tech from "regular" OLED (whatever that means) in any fundamental way, e.g., power consumption, brightness, lifetime, etc?
Also, thanks for lessening my anxiety, since 17,000 hours should do me for a month or two anyway. LoLz. And PS, congrats for being in the 5% who know it's "moot point" rather than a "mute" one.....
Originally Posted by karmamule
Actually you get to keep 10 DRM-free MP3s a month as part of your $15 subscription cost. Most of the songs on my iPhone at this point are from my Zune subscription!
So, as long as you were going to be buying at least 10 songs per month anyways, then that means you're only paying an extra $5 bucks for access to those millions of songs.
Oh, and most of those other services you talk about do NOT let you exactly specify playlist order, listen to entire CDs at once, etc.. Oh, and most of them don't let you store that music for offline listening.. and
..you can't specify exactly what you want to hear and in what order.
Originally Posted by dominiej
What the article fails to mention is the good points of the Zune HD like Xbox360 integration
, wireless syncing, [plus Zune Pass, etc., etc]
- making it have the ability to reflect the owner, than just be another player with a fruit on the back.
You've hit one key point I didn't see at all in the first three pages, nor in the article. The Zune HD is NOT the ballgame for Zune, which is being positioned, like Bing, as a platform, in this case for a variety of media initiatives.
XBox 360 integration is one of those next steps. Further down the road expect to see Zune software in WinMobile 7, meaning MS won't have to manufacture a full line of Zunes, but let all of its phone partners make them. Beyond that, again finally learning some lessons about branding and keeping evolution backward compatible, Zune software will probably replace or at least become the guts of Windows Media Player - reducing its number of music platforms to one that's extensible - and MS may also do something Zuny on the web as part of the Live stable. It could also be integrated into its Sync car software (that Ford is using) - or directly into car stereos from other manufacturers - and selling software to hardware makers and end users is still 95% of how MS has always made its living - not from selling hardware.
Full disclosure: I got this line of thought from Paul Thurrot's Windows Weekly podcast where he says he's been discussing all of this with MS.
suggested, now that Apple's approved a Rhapsody app, a Vonage App and has been nudged by the FCC on Google Voice, that they'd have a hard time not allowing, drumroll please, a Zune App for the iPhone and Touch,
which would definitely score tons of irony points if nothing else.
And this is how he suggested it would work: it wouldn't "take over" the system and give it a full Zune interface, but instead be a regular app whose purpose is to allow you to play music from a Zune Pass sub on the Apple device, i.e., giving you all the iPod functionality, plus the Zune subscription service on your iPhone or Touch. And as another poster said, that could be "an interesting option" for some.
Back to you.....