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Thursday, June 23, 2011

What's Your Digital Convenience Price Threshold?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 08:00 AM

In the tug of war between atoms and bits, how much does it take to sway you one way or another? Digital download or buying DVDs - which way do you roll? I bought the first episode of "Breaking Bad" on iTunes a few weeks ago, watched it yesterday, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Since I don't currently have an active Zip.ca account (it's a DVD rental service) I'd be looking at buying Breaking Bad season one. How do the numbers work out? Read more...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Physical CD Prices Now Lower Than Digital Downloads?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 08:00 AM

I'm starting to see a pattern emerge with more frequency when it comes to physical CD prices versus digital downloads: the purely digital versions of songs, when packaged in album form, are more costly than the physical CD. It doesn't happen all the time, but today I found it twice: once, with the Lee Dewyze album shown above, and the Glee Volume 4 album. In both cases, the physical CD is $2 less. This makes me think that record companies are willing to make less profit on physical disc sales in order to prop up falling sales, but I wonder what it says about us as consumers - is it worth paying more for the instant gratification? Or is it more that buying a physical disc and ripping it is a hassle and it's easier to stick to being purely digital? I wish Amazon offered Amazon Prime in Canada, because then there'd be no shipping costs and I'd easily select the physical disc option every time.

What about you? Do you still prefer to own a physical CD, or is it worth it to pay slightly more in order to have the instant gratification of a physical download?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pre-Order Your Zune HD Today from Amazon.com

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 06:27 AM

Finally, we have a 100% official confirmation from Microsoft and their partners on the price and availability of the Zune HD. You can pre-order the 32 GB Zune HD in platinum for $289.99 USD, or the 16 GB version in black for $219.99 USD from Amazon.com. It should ship on September 15th, the official release date of the Zune HD. Other accessories available from Amazon.com include the Zune HD Sync Dock ($49.99), the Zune HD AV Dock ($89.99), the Zune HD Sync Cable ($19.99), the Zune HD Premium Car Pack ($79.99 USD), the Zune HD Charge Pack ($29.99), and the Zune HD Power Pack ($49.99). All of the links in this post are affiliate links - your purchases help support the work we do here at Zune Thoughts. Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Amazon MP3 and Android, Sitting In a Tree...

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune News" @ 08:10 AM


"Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that the Amazon MP3 music store will be pre-loaded on the T-Mobile G1, the world's first Android(TM)-powered mobile phone in partnership with Google. T-Mobile G1 users can search, download, buy and play music from Amazon MP3, which offers over 6 million DRM-free MP3 songs from all four major music labels and thousands of independent labels that can be played on virtually any hardware device and managed with any music software. "Amazon wants to make it easy for customers to discover, buy, and play their music wherever they happen to be--whether sitting at their computer or on the go," said Bill Carr, Amazon.com Vice President for Digital Music and Video. "We look forward to the release of the T-Mobile G1, which will put Amazon MP3's vast selection of low-priced DRM-free music at the fingertips of even more customers in more places." The T-Mobile G1 comes pre-loaded with an Amazon MP3 application, giving customers a phone-optimized version of the Amazon MP3 store and the immediate gratification of buying and playing their favorite music. Amazon MP3 has worked to make its DRM-free music available through numerous products and services, such as Pandora MySpace Music, and now Android and T-Mobile G1."

The mobile music downloads market just got a lot more interesting with Amazon.com announcing the availability of the Amazon MP3 music store on the Android-powered T-Mobile G1. Its biggest rival is, of course, the iTunes Store on the iPhone and iPod touch, followed by the Zune Marketplace on the Zune. However, Amazon MP3 trumps one or both in a few areas: (a) all tracks are DRM-free; (b) most content is better-priced; and (c) tracks can be browsed, previewed, and purchased on the T-Mobile network, and later downloaded via Wi-Fi.

What can Microsoft and Apple conjure to match or beat this?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Pre-Order Your Zune From Amazon, Ship Date November 13th

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 04:27 PM

Amazon.com has updated our affiliate store and all of the new Zunes are available (previously the green Zunes were missing). Here are your Zune v2 purchase links (all orders help support Zune Thoughts - thanks!) along with some cheap Zune 30 links (the brown Zune is only $99 now).
And here are the links for the Zune 30 players at budget prices, will will be firmware-upgradable to almost all of the same Zune v2 goodness (no native MPEG4 playback on them though):

Tags: amazon, pre-order

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Pre-Order Your Zune From Amazon, Ship Date November 13th

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 11:05 AM

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Amazon.com Selling Black Zune for $199 USD

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Events" @ 04:31 PM


Just like the headline says: Amazon.com is selling the black Zune for only $199, a full $50 off the normal price of $249 USD. If you've been sitting on the fence and waiting for a price drop before buying one, here's your chance. And if you buy if through the Zune Thoughts affiliate store, you'll be helping to support this site. As Borat would say "Thatsa' niiiice!".

Tags: amazon, sale

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Red Zune to Sell for $220 Exclusively at Target, Amazon for 30 Days

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Hardware" @ 12:00 PM


"Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its Zune music player this week with an announcement that the new, brightly colored red Zune will go on sale at a retail location whose brand is closely aligned with the very same color - Target - and also at Target's online retail partner, Amazon.com. The red Zune will be available exclusively at Target and Amazon.com for 30 days beginning Sunday and then will be available at the same retail locations where Zune currently is sold thereafter. Red Zune will retail for $220 and have the same tech specs as its Zune peers."

The red Zune goes on sale tomorrow, but only at Target stores and Amazon.com, at least for 30 days. It will also debut at $220, which will nicely coincide with Father's Day, which is coming the following Sunday.

Interestingly, the iPod Amnesty Bin was mentioned at the end of the article: "The 'iPod Amnesty Bin' was a lighthearted gesture among Zune employees and was intended to be simply a humorous motivator for only the people who are working on the project," Ball says. "It was not a company-wide program, and the bin is no longer in the lobby of the Zune building." C'mon guys, it was a joke. You didn't need to take it away because some people didn't get it...

Friday, April 13, 2007

Light Pink Zunes Popping Up

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 10:13 AM

The light pink Zune is upon us! Despite rumours about a May release, it seems the light pink Zune is here today in a variety of venues. First, you can buy one today off Amazon.com [affiliate] for the normal price of $249 USD - the listing says it ships in 24 hours, which usually means that Amazon.com has them in stock. Next, there are two ebay auctions (1, 2) up with light pink Zunes, both with Buy It Now prices for $249. I imagine we'll see some light pink Zunes are retail pretty quick, perhaps at EB Games. Anyone seen one in person yet? Pink isn't my thing, but it's nice to see Microsoft putting some effort into differentiation.

Of course, the kind of differentiation I want to see is DVR-MS sync support, better WiFi functionality, and a host of other things...

Friday, January 19, 2007

Swiss Army Knife Wins Out Over Zune and iPod, 10 Billion Downloads Now Offered

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 05:00 PM

Two random quirks for the day related to the Zune that I thought it were funny. First, I was browsing Amazon.com and chuckled when I saw this:

Apparently the Swiss Army Ranger Pocket Knife is the real market share winner! Next, I was on another Zune site and the Google AdSense ad that came up sure promised a lot:

10 billion downloads? Even if you combined every commercial song and movie ever released, I somehow doubt you'd hit 10 billion. For some reason, I just don't trust that ad... ;-) Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, December 8, 2006

Amazon Customers Vote: Zune for $90

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Events" @ 10:21 AM


"First, vote for the deal that you want. If you vote for the deal that gets the most votes in the end, you will be eligible to receive a claim code only for the winning deal. If you vote for one of the runner-up deals, you will be eligible to receive a claim code only for that deal, at the runner-up discount. (The runner-up discount won't be as ridiculous as the winning discount, but it will still be pretty darn good.) Remember: you are eligible to buy only the deal that you voted for; you need an authorized credit card on your account; the claim codes will be distributed only to randomly selected customers."

It's pretty simple. Vote for the Zune, hope that it's the winning deal (hey, we have to give Tickle Me Elmo some credit), and if you're lucky enough to score a code, you can pick up a brand new Zune for $90. Unlike the infamous Xbox 360 offer, codes are pre-allocated, so you won't have to worry too much about Amazon's servers dying in the heat of the moment. Voting ends at 11:59pm (PST) on December 10, and on December 12, codes will be randomly distributed. Good luck!

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Pre-Order the Zune From Amazon.com

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 12:52 AM


Alright, the day many of you have been waiting for is here: you can now place pre-orders for the Zune from Amazon.com [affiliate]. The price is $249.99 USD (no surprises there), and Amazon has pre-orders for the black Zune, the white Zune, and the brown Zune. There are also a lot of Zune accessories for sale, so be sure to check them all out. It's sadly amusing that neither Darius or myself can even order a Zune from Amazon, because they don't ship electronics outside the country. Woe is me! I'll source a Zune, don't you worry.

Cesar at the Zune Insider posted a list of other retailers where you'll be able to purchase the Zune from: Target, Best Buy, Costco, Fry's, Amazon, Meijer, Staples, Transworld, Toys R Us, Circuit City, Office Max, Office Depot, Wal-Mart, Kmart, GameStop, Sears, Nebraska Furniture Mart, J&R Computer World, Virgin Megastore (select locations), Brookstone, CarToys. Lots of choice, and hopefully lots of availability at launch time. No one wants a repeat of the Xbox 360.

Tags: amazon, retailers

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Accessories In the Box... And Out of the Box

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Accessories" @ 09:25 PM


Earlier in the week, we learned that the Zune would ship with three accessories in the box: a soft suede pouch (featured below; thanks to Zune Insider for the picture), headphones, and a USB sync-and-charge cable. Unfortunately, much like the current generation iPods, a wall charger is not included (featured above), so you will have to rely on the USB cable for juice. Of course, your options aren't limited. Amazon is proudly displaying the first batch of official Zune accessories with pictures and price tags for all to see. The costs do seem a little unbalanced - some fetching more than its true value. Hopefully, future third-party options won't be as damaging to the wallet.

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