I do so love technology, but it seems I am usually the last one to the party. I was one of the last consumers in Alaska (it seems) to purchase a cell phone. Last year was the first time I built a computer without a floppy drive, and didn’t miss it. After hosting a computer issues program for five years, it was year six when I purchased my first Apple system. And now I set my sights on an MP3 player.
Apple’s iPod is obviously the most popular MP3 device, playing the role of the 800 pound gorilla in the portable music world. In second place is SanDisk, which has a line of inexpensive players which fill the sub-$100 price range, and at times its sales outperform those of select iPod models. Third goes to Microsoft with it’s line of Zune players.
I’ve been hemming and hawing, trying to figure out if I go the iPod route and join the converted or take the plunge with the 800 trillion pound gorilla that is the Zune’s parent company and take a gamble on new technology. Prices for the last year have been fairly constant at $250, with both companies offering 30 GB versions of their portable players that can not only store and play music but work their magic with movies, e-books, pictures and even some simple puzzle games… either would work fine with me. Recently Apple announced their new iTouch line, which is an iPod crossed with an iPhone’s touch-based interface, minus the phone features. Of course Microsoft counters with their Zune 2 and so it continues.