Zune in 'really good and covetable' shocker

[intro]Chances are you’ve already read a fair bit about Microsoft’s Wi-Fi-enabled attempt to free us music fans from iPod ubiquity. You may have disc

Chances are you’ve already read a fair bit about Microsoft’s Wi-Fi-enabled attempt to free us music fans from iPod ubiquity. You may have discovered reviews of said device on various US-based technology websites. You, like I, may have already come to the conclusion that the Zune is destined to be a heroic failure.

But Stuff was the proud recipient of an ice white Zune this morning, and I love it. Why? Is it the big, vibrant screen? The excellent FM radio reception? The cool-as-a-frostbitten-Inuit interface? No. It’s the fact that it looks like a thick slab of Kendal mint cake.

First impressions are very good. OK, it’s too big, but it’s far slicker to use than I ever dreamed and the whole experience – from unboxing to watching movies and listening to music – is definitely iPod-challenging. I haven’t been able to check out the Wi-Fi functionality yet as we only have the one, but as soon as we’ve bagged another, you’ll know all about it.

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