I wished Zune worked exactly like Amazon.com. I don’t like the Zune software, but I love the subscription service and I like the device itself. It can download music without a PC at all, which is awesome. But I hate the software.
How it works:
- Connect the Zune
- Boot software
- Listen to my fan spin up as it takes 60% of my system resources
- Search music
- Click “download”
- Find it in my collection
- Drag it to my device
- Wait for it to download
- Disconnect the device
How it should work:
- Go to zune.com
- Click “download it now” button
- Music magically appears on the Zune
This is completely possible with existing hardware. Kindle does it. The Zune has WiFi. Why the hell do I need to interface my brain with a cumbersome mess of software to put bits onto my Zune? Is this a HP calculator circa 1989 or a Microsoft Next Gen device in 2010?
Remember WinAMP? Back circa 1999 it was great. It enqueued music, it played music, it needed almost no overhead. You want to stream music? Click the link, it enqueues the streaming station. Then AOL bought it, loaded it to the gills with spyware, bloatware, a browser (?!), fancy skins, and I stopped using it. It’s dead now. Like RealPlayer. Another example: there is an open source Media Player Classic that is VASTLY SUPERIOR to any major company’s bloated hulk of media software. When I want to play an AVI, I want to play the AVI. That’s it. As bottle openers, can openers and scissors go, Swiss army knives are crap.
I absolutely refuse to let Quicktime or iTunes on my PC. I wish I could avoid Media Player 12, but eventually something like Netflix will require it.
To reduce Zune’s overhead and stop it from bogging down your system:
- Go to Zune -> Settings -> Display -> Screen Graphics slider
- Put it far to “basic” so that Zune doesn’t completely dominate your processor
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