Originally Posted by solipsism
In MS' defense, SanDisk sells mostly smaller, simpler devices at a much lower pricepoint.
Some of their products are at lower price points, but then, so is the Shuffle.
It doesn't really matter though, because the manufacturer decides on their lineup. If one is doing well, and the other isn't, what does that tell us? It tells that the one that is doing well is doing the proper thing, and that the one that is not, is not doing the proper thing.
With MS and its products, after complaining about Apple's methods, decided to copy them. After all this time, it has been a failure. Sandisk decided to compete, but to also fill in the holes that exist. They have been pretty successful at this, esp. given that they don't compete with a music, video store and such.
When a product line fails to gain in sales over time, the company must evaluate that and change course in some way. The only thing they did was to copy Apple's use of optical glass.
The other point is that there is no real reason to buy MS's product. Yes, some will like the FM tuner. But that's a very small number. A few might actually think that the "Social" might be useful, until they find out that it isn't. I know several examples of that happening.
People also sometimes buy a Zune to be the "un-Apple" person in their crowd. How often does this happen? Likely more than one might think.
I know of some people who bought other players because they complained that their iPods broke too easily. But then they found that their Creatives, Sandisks, and Zunes broke even more easily. They are now back using iPods.
No matter how it's looked at, Apple has the most music, the most movies, and the most Tv shows and videos for their players. Also now, games.
The iPod line also has, by far, the most third party accessories, from the cheapest, to the most expensive, in all categories.
Despite MS paying some manufacturers to adapt some of their products for the Zune, it hasn't taken off because there are simply too few people buying Zunes in the first place, and few places carries these Zune accessories.
Buying an iPod is simply a no brainer, esp now for those who complained about DRM, and the lack of 246Kbs encoding on most music.
Does MS offer all DRM-free music? Do they offer any? Other than a few here and there as a promotion.
Not that I'm aware of.