Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Talk" @ 10:30 PM
Yahoo! Tech's Gina Hughes gives the lowdown on the hot gadgets to give for Valentines Day. She of course mentions our favorite portable media player and its festive digs.
What I'd really like to see with the Originals is the ability to pre-load the player with songs of the purchaser's choosing--your song, a collection of bedroom favorites, or even a wedding proposal can come pre-loaded. This would truly be like the mixtapes of yore, except without the innate hiss that comes from a poor-quality stereo recording. It'd be no more difficult have these personally customized than the etching on the Originals. Of course, it would require some engineering magic to make into reality, but the Zune team was able to write new firmware, software, and establish a strong brand name in just one year. Magic is what they do.
Zune's had a leg-up in the pre-loaded media department. Since the Apple v. Apple settlement last year, many have posited that portable audio players could come with a playlist of favorite songs and frankly I'm surprised this hasn't really come about. For the record, I think the Cult of Mac article is full of crap, but the idea isn't a terrible one.
The rest of Hughes' article lays out some other tech options to wow your mate (mostly in pink, of course). Just make sure that special someone actually wants these gadgets.