This rumour is based upon a ≤140 character tweet, one that was not substantial enough to detail how Mac users will be able to use a Zune or a Windows Phone Series 7 Mobile Series Phone Windows whatever (sorry, even the shorter name is still just as awkward). Perhaps Microsoft's intent is to say that Mac users will be able to use the Zune software inside of a Windows VM (Parallels or Fusion) or with Boot Camp. We're still testing and will release our findings soon...
Hopefully they are releasing a native client. I hear good things about the Zune, and if nothing else, the competition for Microsoft may force Apple to give us a few things we (I anyway) have been dying to see...
Zune Pass: effectively $5/month (after you take the $10 worth of music you get to keep) for unlimited access to all the music available in the Zune Marketplace. Steve says nobody wants to rent music. I disagree. I had a Rhapsody-To-Go membership for a few years and loved it.
Wireless Syncing: In this day and age, it's silly that I still have to plug my iOS device physically into a computer to sync when I have a perfectly good wireless network available. My device should be able to sync while it sits on my nightstand charging, ready in the morning for my latest podcasts.
Originally Posted by polar315
Put your energy where it will do the most good. Waaaaaaaaaaaaay too late to become a player in this space. The living room is the battleground to win now..
I'm convinced this was the idea behind the Zune in the first place. Microsoft probably knows they're not going to win the war over the iPod. The 360 is a very successful device, one that when coupled with Windows Media Center provides great access to content, moreso even than my beloved AppleTV (because of WMC's built-in support for DVR functionality). But to succeed, Microsoft needs a portable device too. That'd be the Zune. Record your favorite shows. Watch them on your TV when you're at home, or transfer them to your Zune so you can catch up on the bus to work.
Originally Posted by TBell
I've tried most of the alternatives, including iWorks. Office on the Mac works the best as an all around Package. Word is better then Pages. That doesn't mean Pages doesn't do some things better or for 90 percent of the planet or it isn't a better choice considering the cost of Office (especially when I guess most Mac users only use Word). I do like Keynote better then Powerpoint, but for power users Powerpoint has more features.
I disagree. Word stinks. It suffers from feature bloat, and the ribbon makes it harder to find (in my opinion) the functions you need. It's what everyone uses, and it does have functionality that Pages doesn't have, but for 99.9% of my word processing needs and page layout needs, Pages is faster and more intuitive than Word (and this from someone who's been using word since version 1.0 under Windows 3.1). For the other .1% I use Word or NeoOffice, or InDesign.
Originally Posted by Curmudgeon
I can't get past WinAmp's ugly interface. It's a total turnoff. It's quite possible that WinAmp is quite capable, but damn, it's ugly.
Try downloading the classic version of WinAmp (there's a site out there somewhere, oldversions.com or something, that allows you to download older revs of software). Anything past about WinAmp 3 is bloated. Do we really need integrated web browsing? Support for video playback of WMV/AVI files that can open websites? No. WinAmp 2.x was a very lightweight audio player. There are some nice skins out there that give it a more streamlined look. I used to run it with a MacOS Classic skin that was rather nice.