Ilda bought me a Zune 8gb for my birthday (a very early present). I was very chuffed when it arrived, I plugged it in, and it detected it as being… a 4gb player? Mmmm – how odd. Check the box, it says 8gb. Flip the player over, and etched into its body is 8gb. I reflashed it, and both the windows client and the player itself report 4gb. I called the Microsoft support line (twice actually, because I ran out of airtime halfway through the first call), and they confirmed from the serial number that it was in fact supposed to be an 8gb model. After a long time on the phone pressing buttons and trying various things, no luck – still 4gb internally (even the support guy admitted he had never seen this problem before) . I can only assume some dude in the factory had himself one spliff too many and put a 4gb set of guts inside a 8gb body. Luckily, customer service here is great, and after a quick call to the seller, I organized a refund. So I am Zuneless for now, but I will be getting a custom one later, with groovy picture etched on back:
Why a Zune and not an iPod? The Zune costs the same as a nano 8gb, but is a little smaller. The Zune allows you to just dump mp3s into it, without any silly file chopping up issues. Also, the Zune store, unlike iTunes, has an all you can eat Zune pass, where as long as you pay $15 per month, you can download as many songs from their inventory as you like. Oh, and you don’t have to get a black turtleneck sweater for your Zune to work.