One of our kids picked up a Zune yesterday. Very impressive out-of-box experience. Worked nicely with our Xbox 360 as well (media sharing from the Zune to the Xbox).
Anybody want to buy a used Creative Zen?...
Apple Computer has built a pretty big lead with the iPod. Why is it a market that's important to go after? Why develop the Zune at all?
Gates: You're going to have entertainment capability built into the car, and we're working on that with the car manufacturers. You're going to have it in the new-generation set-top box. You're going to have it in your phone, you're going to have it in your PC, and you're going to have some dedicated devices--dedicated media devices.
We thought to really fulfill our vision of connected entertainment that we wanted to have a device that had the wireless connection. Obviously, the iPod doesn't let you do third-party software, doesn't have a wireless connection--so, the connected entertainment vision, we can build on Zune and do some new things.