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Old 07-16-2009, 04:25 PM
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Default Differences between the Cowon S9 and the Zune? Which one should I get?

Hello everyone! Someone on the zune forum website referred me to the Cowon S9 for my user purposes. I really like the radio and listen to it more then anything else. I don't plan on putting a lot of songs on there because all of the songs I like are on the radio. I also want to play lots of videos which include TV series. Photo's are also what I want to import to my Cownon S9 if I do decide to get one.

Anyways, my question is...What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Cowon S9 and how does it compare to the Zune? Either way, I will be getting a 32gig hard drive with my player. Price does not matter to me because I can get the money with my two jobs. Thanks for reading! Please reply. Newbie needing help!
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:37 PM
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Same screen.
Same length and width. S9 is thicker in it's curved middle.
Great user created flash UIs for the S9. Doubt ZuneHD will allow that.
S9 does stereo bluetooth. No mention of bluetooth for the ZuneHD yet.
ZuneHD has Wifi: Marketplace, browser, wifi syncing, etc. No WiFi for the S9.
ZuneHD will do multitouch. No idea how well they use it.
S9 has a G-Sensor. Not sure if the ZuneHD does.
S9 has play/pause, Volume +/-, and track fwd/back controls on it's top edge. Not sure what if any external controls the ZuneHD has.
S9 supports many music and video codecs/formats. No idea what the ZuneHD will support.
The S9 comes in Ceramic White, Chrome, and Titanium colors. ZuneHD comes in platinum and black.
The ZuneHD's UI may be smoother, in animated transitions at least.
ZuneHD will require the Zune APP. S9 can use WMP or drag and drop or cut/paste and more.
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Old 07-16-2009, 05:00 PM
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I believe the Zune HD has a OLED (or PMOLED) screen, rather than the superior AMOLED screen of the S9. Correct me if I'm wrong!
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:42 PM
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I believe the Zune HD has a OLED (or PMOLED) screen, rather than the superior AMOLED screen of the S9. Correct me if I'm wrong!
Both screens will be the same (once the Zune HD is released). It's all about what features you prefer, and if the Zune software is something you'd rather not deal with.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:51 PM
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any native video support on Zune?
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:38 AM
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One word: Software...
of course there are other reasons, but that one is simply enough to avoid the zune. Unless of course it has VERY good h.264 support.
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:10 PM
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If you are already used to synching your portable devices with something like iTunes or WMP, then the Zune software is no problem (the version my mother has works smoothly and as expected, at least). However, I think most users who are given a choice (and have actually tried various ways of synching) would prefer drag and drop, which S9 has.

In terms of what Zune has that S9 doesn't, you may be a bit more satisfied with the Zune's radio. Some people have said that the S9 doesn't get as good of reception (though I have not noticed that). Also, the S9 does not support RDS (the thing that lets radio stations send information that says the station genre, current song title, etc.), whereas the Zune does. However, somewhere buried in these forums is a guide for how to edit an .ini file in the S9 that would allow you to save your favorite radio stations along with names for a pseudo-RDS effect.

I like the S9 because it gets great audio quality, file support, battery life, and navigation (UCIs and hardware buttons are great). It's also kinda fun to correct people when they ask my what kind of iPod I have (I guess if it doesn't look like a Zune, it must be made by Apple, right?).
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:15 PM
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The Zune is the ultimate in... "patronizing". For the Zune, you are a gibbering idiot that needs to be spoon-fed. You cannot handle anything by yourself, the Zune takes over for you. You have to play by its rules, it will not do anything the way you want it to happen. Contrary to that, the S9 will work the way you want it to work, it will not make a fool of you - unlike the Zune.

That's the difference between the two players, explained in an allegoric way.

Not to mention the Zune has NO features, not even an EQ, while the S9 is very customizable.
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