Microsoft Zune 120GB (third generation, glossy black)
Manufacturer: Microsoft Part number: H3A-00001
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- The Zune 120, with a unique focus on music discovery, is a fierce competitor to the iPod Classic. The Zune's substantial storage capacity combined with its Zune Pass music subscription makes it an ideal solution for restless music fans with large appetites.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $549.99
- Reviewed by: Donald Bell
- Reviewed on: 09/16/2008
- Released on: 09/16/2008
The good: The 120GB Microsoft Zune MP3 player has expanded the usefulness of its Wi-Fi and social music-discovery features, added support for games and audiobooks, and maintained enviable features, such as a 3.2-inch glass LCD, friendly interface, exceptional navigation control, audio- and video-podcast support, superlative FM radio, wireless syncing, good audio quality, and a built-in composite-video output.
The bad: Battery life isn't great; high-quality earbuds are no longer included; the glossy plastic front is more prone to scratches and smudges; and using many of the new features without a Zune Pass music subscription can be disappointing.
The bottom line: The Zune 120, with a unique focus on music discovery, is a fierce competitor to the iPod Classic. The Zune's substantial storage capacity combined with its Zune Pass music subscription makes it an ideal solution for restless music fans with large appetites.
by aj2049 on October 9, 2010
Pros: Endless library? No problem! Has 120 GB!!! which is insane! almost as much as some of the older external hard drives out there!
Cons: Games are okay, headphones aren't the best
Summary: Bottom line? If your a real music buff and have a huge library this is the mp3 player for you! No stupid apps, and no headaches i love it, had ...
Summary: Bottom line? If your a real music buff and have a huge library this is the mp3 player for you! No stupid apps, and no headaches i love it, had the Zune for a couple years now and still haven't used up all the space. Sound quality is amazing which is what really matters not how many apps there are for it!
Great alternative to ipod
by Meshuggah24 on July 9, 2010
Pros: Large screen, nice menu, easy to use software, fast syncing, wireless syncing, FM radio, great sound no EQ required if you have good headphones/speakers.
Cons: Sometimes syncing doesn't start or takes a long time to begin and a restart is sometimes required. This doesn't happen very often.
Zune software didn't recognize all of my album art. Had to manually point it to the jpg files.
Summary: I'm very glad I found this product in Canada. They do not sell it directly in retail stores here, but it was on ebay. We need more competition up ...
Summary: I'm very glad I found this product in Canada. They do not sell it directly in retail stores here, but it was on ebay. We need more competition up here, Apple is pretty much running the show, and I can't stand them. Microsoft needs to get the Zune Marketplace up here. I'm not a MS fanboy, they just happen to have better product most of the time.
by tokendave on June 9, 2010
Pros: Not much good to say, it's deficient
Cons: No equalizer, unacceptable
Summary: Any company that builds an MP3 player without an equalizer really hasn't a clue. That would be microsoft.
Summary: Any company that builds an MP3 player without an equalizer really hasn't a clue. That would be microsoft.
It's alright, I expected it to be better
by MOOnituh on May 17, 2010
Pros: Screen is big, Wifi
Cons: battery sucks. i hate how ths software on the computer is set up
Summary: The screen is big, I like that, but at the end, it's actually not good. The picture/video quality sucks. It looks very pixeled out and my picture that ...
Summary: The screen is big, I like that, but at the end, it's actually not good. The picture/video quality sucks. It looks very pixeled out and my picture that i transferred in there looks distorted. The only picture that looks good are the ones already in there. Wifi is alright not all that impressive. There's not alot of Zune users I know of so I can't really swich songs with anyone:(
I really don't like how it takes forever (couple seconds to turn on or off) You have to wait for it to load when you turn it off or on, plus you have to hold two buttons down, which gets annoying. If you have it on for too long, it starts to "vibrate" like a PC would when you have it on for too long (i don't know the correct term). That also gets annoying, It's big and bulky, the case is so darn slippery! I dropped it over 10 ten, pretty high, and the earphones that came with it hurts alot! Volume isn't all that good. Only goes up to 20. I like my music very loud, and it can't really drown out the sound even when im using a pretty expensive earphone. During the time i had bought an Ipod 120GB along with my Black Zune 120GB also. Lets just say I wished didn't return my Ipod. Also, accessories for Ipods are so much cheaper than for Zunes. I have to keep the backlight for only 2 second, or else it drains my battery, On top of that everytime i go to change a song it drains my battery even faster. But if you keep the zune on the whole night, without touching the light and stuff, the batter will last 25 hours, ONLY if you don't touch the pad, keeping it on hold the whole 25 hours. When you charge it, don't forget to turn it on, or else it won't charge
The end: Unsatisfy with the product. Reviews weren't all that helpful.
Great Capacity Awful Software
by Jimro44 on December 5, 2009
Pros: Great Capacity seeing I have 2100 CD's converted to put on the player. Desktop software Ok
Cons: Awful player software just terrible. I have two Sansa players a 4 gb and an 8GB Fuze which put this Zune to shame when it comes to player software. If Sansa made a high capacity player I would have bought one in a heartbeat
Summary: The player software is AWFUL. There is a real problem when it comes to reading the Meta Tags in any consistent manner. depending on the mode you are in. Album, ...
Summary: The player software is AWFUL. There is a real problem when it comes to reading the Meta Tags in any consistent manner. depending on the mode you are in. Album, Song, Genre etc. There is no consistency. If you are in album mode it will read the album title, but when you highlight the title sometimes it will read the artist name and sometimes it won't. (Believe me nothing wrong with my taggs) You find the same thing in different in different modes. And it goes on and on. Sometimes have to remove files from the player and collection and add them back in to fool the software.
The desktop software could be a lot better. I would have bought and I-Pod except I needed a large capacity player that played WMA's Overall a big disappointment. Hvae to be careful on how you sync the files. Basically the desktop software is counter intutitive. NO DRAG and DROP you are at the mercy of the Zune Software
Battery life sucks
by cjeny01 on October 7, 2009
Pros: Nothing really stands out with this product. Its below average at best. Software is better then itunes but not much better. Look and feel of the interface is unappealing.
Cons: Expect about 3 to 4 hours of play time only and if you charge the device and leave it for two days without using it, it will be dead when you go to use it. I have had three replacements of my original Zune ALL WITH THE SAME ISSUE.
Summary: I wanted this to work so bad because I HATE APPLE and did not want to use I tunes. Once I purchased my zune every time I used it the ...
Summary: I wanted this to work so bad because I HATE APPLE and did not want to use I tunes. Once I purchased my zune every time I used it the Battery died. I finally had to go back to my Ipod. Im going to try the creative next.I have now had to send My zune back three times I cant tell you how bad this thing is, the controls suck, the battery life REALLY SUCKS and the software is awful BUY AN IPOD
Updated on Feb 15, 2010
Great device for what its supposed to do...
by Orange006 on October 1, 2009
Pros: I like the interface both on the device and on the computer sync options can make it very conveinent. Nice screen and a fair amount of sorting and customization. 120GB insures that you wont run out of space anytime soon. Games are a nice addtion.
Cons: Can not be used as an external Hard drive! had I known this i'd never have purchased the 120GB version as I know I don't have nearly enough video or music content to fill it.
No equalizer, this seems very basic that should have been included..
Summary: I figured I could move around large files as well as my music and videos with this thing but for whatever reason, reasons yet to be explained they have disabled ...
Summary: I figured I could move around large files as well as my music and videos with this thing but for whatever reason, reasons yet to be explained they have disabled using this device as a portable storage device. If I could I would go back and get a smaller sized model or a different brand one that allows me to store what I want on my own device. Don't get me wrong this is a great piece of hardware and good quality sound despite not having the option for an equalizer, however having the choice could only do the device good. The program sync is nice but sometimes I want to create my own folders and customize where I want the songs to be ordered rather it splits one album collection into 12 parts on my Zune and I't won't let me recombine them so im stuck scrolling through all 12 seperate folders to find a track. It's the inability to do what I want to do with my own device that earns it the rating it has.
Great all around player with few weaknesses
by maximo92f on September 30, 2009
Pros: Nice large screen with excellent user friendly functions.
Excellent sound quality.
Large memory capacity.
Cons: Battery life is left wanting but not terrible.
A little large for pocket carry but that is offset by the large screen
Summary: A truely great multi-media device with excellent memory capacity and user friendly interface that is easily used one handed. The large screen makes watching videos a more pleasing experience than ...
Summary: A truely great multi-media device with excellent memory capacity and user friendly interface that is easily used one handed. The large screen makes watching videos a more pleasing experience than its' Ipod counterpart. In order to get the most out of the Zune you really need the Zune Pass. The Zune Pass really cranks this device into high gear. I have a wide range of music taste and listen to a lot of comedy albums and the Zune Pass allows me to add to and change my music and comedy albums as often as I wish while maintaining plenty of memory for movies and video clips. Battery life leaves a lot to be desired compaired to my sons Sony Walkman but is plenty good for a single days use even when watching videos. However if downloading music straight to the Zune via the built in wifi you can actually see the battery meter drain right in front of your eyes. I have usb ports in my work vehicle and wall usb adapters, as well as two computers, so for me keeping it charged is not a problem but if you don't have constant access to a charger you could find battery life a problem.
All in all the Zune 120 is a great player, easy to use, and large memory for tons of entertainment.
The best HDD mp3 player
by Arcon- on September 26, 2009
Pros: Great Battery Life
Cons: No HD Radio
No AM Radio
No EQ support
Summary: The Zune120 is a 3rd gen Zune device and keeps the flavor of the previous HDD based models. Though it is now outclassed (except in capacity) by the Zune HD, ...
Summary: The Zune120 is a 3rd gen Zune device and keeps the flavor of the previous HDD based models. Though it is now outclassed (except in capacity) by the Zune HD, It is still one of the best PMPs on the market
In general, it is a great device and i love mine
by psychoclown420 on September 22, 2009
Pros: Some pros are:
1) Large, nice 3.2 inch display
2) 120gb hard drive capacity
3) Customizable backgrounds
4) Slick user interface and smooth controls
5) Pretty good for games
6) Very clear fm radio
7) Podcast support
Cons: My main complaints are:
1) Glossy front smudges too easily
2) It is a little bit bulkier than the ipod classic
3) Slightly unreliable battery
Summary: Basically, it is an awesome player that i love and enjoy. I prefer it over the ipod because it has a huge screen and little wasted space (unlike the ipods ...
Summary: Basically, it is an awesome player that i love and enjoy. I prefer it over the ipod because it has a huge screen and little wasted space (unlike the ipods wasted surface area). I don't have many complaints other than one weird issue. Normally you can turn the device off and leave it alone for two weeks and it will still have the same battery as when you left it. Sometimes however, when you try to turn it on, the battery is mysteriously dead and you have to charge for a few minutes before it will even turn on. All in all, if I were in the market for a new mp3 player and had to choose between the zune 120 and the new 160gb ipod classic, i would still buy the zune because of its awesome features.
- Manufacturer: Microsoft
- Part number: H3A-00001
- Description: Zune starts with a digital media player and adds a twist. You can wirelessly share selected full-length sample tracks, playlists, pictures or your homegrown tracks directly from Zune to Zune. You can listen to the full-length songs that you receive up to three times in three days, flag the ones you like and easily buy them the next time you sync up. You can discover new music in the Zune Marketplace, and show off your favorite pictures and videos on the big, bright screen. Zune has all that and a built in FM tuner, too. Let your inner DJ run wild.
- Product type Digital player / radio
- PC interface(s) supported Wi-Fi,
- Digital storage Built-in 120 GB Hard disk drive
- Weight 4.5 oz
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 2.4 in x 0.5 in x 4.3 in
- Color Black
- Included accessories [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Miscellaneous] Data cable,
6 ear tips
Digital Player / Recorder
- Supported digital audio standards WMAPro,
- Playback modes Random play / shuffle
- ID3 tags support Yes
- External hard drive function Yes
- Additional features MPEG-4 playback,
Variable bit-rate compatible,
JPEG photo playback
- Audio system built-in display LCD
- Diagonal size 3.2 in
- Resolution 320 x 240
- Display menu language French,
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Built-in clock Digital clock
- Addtional features Built-in games
- CD system type None
- Tuner type Radio tuner
- Tuner bands FM
- Station memo display Yes
- Remote control None
- Headphones type Binaural
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Connectivity technology Wired
- Cable(s) included 1 x Data cable - External
- Connector type 1 x Headphones / composite video,
1 x Docking station
Battery / Power
- Battery Lithium ion Rechargeable Player batteryIntegrated
- Mfr estimated battery life 30 hour(s)
- Recharge time 3 hour(s)
- CNET Labs: Battery drain test / audio playback 1955.625 min
Specs: 120 GB,
Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion,
Digital player / radio