Last week, I wrote a post about ways that Zune could actually be an iPod killer, if Microsoft did things like
not have DRM’d music, integrated wireless, and supported AM/FM and satellite radio.
However, according to Zune Luv?, this last suggestion means that I have lost the plot . . .
People with Portable Media Players don’t listen to radio – They like to be in control / not hand that over to anyone else. This focus on satellite radio or am/fm integration is the wrong focus.
Get over it.
Give us control of our content.
With all due respect, I need to refute two of their points. First of all, if you want to go back to the Walkman, I’ve owned Portable Media Players for nearly two decades now. Currently, I own two iPods and an iRiver, and the specific reason that I own the iRiver is because it has an FM radio. Why? Because when I do my morning run, I like to listen to the radio as well as music. Have done so for years, going back to my first Walkman
Secondly, how does less choice equal more control? How can having less things on my Portable Media Player give me more control? Isn’t it the other way around? If I have more choice on my Zune or iPod or iRiver, doesn’t that mean that I have more control over my experience at any given time?
That’s why I want the radio: because I use it all of the time and it gives me more control of my experience.
It seems like Zune Luv? might actually be most comfortable with a Prism DuroSport 6000.