Penny Arcade's Comeback at the Zune Ad… Or is it?

Posted by Chris Leckness on May 15, 2009

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The other day a Zune ad popped up that said it would cost $30k to fill up an iPod. Well, it has taken it’s brunt of abuse, but it’s pretty good really. Head over to GotZune and watch it if you haven’t yet.

Well, Penny Arcade takes a stab at the Zune Pass concept using Microsoft’s ad as the inspiration…pennyarcadezunead 
Well, the ad has a point, but what they are forgetting is that it would take about 167 years to rack up a $30k bill paying $15 a month for the Zune Pass service. And, it fails to mention the 10 free songs per month that you get with Zune Pass. Let’s say you pick 10 songs that iTunes users pay $1.29 for… Well, that would mean the Zune Pass guy paid $2.00 more for the same amount of owned music in a month, but the Zune Pass guy gets 1000’s of “Rented Music” too. Until Apple jumps on the “Zune Pass” concept themselves, the only thing they have going for them is the hardware that many love.

Yes, I do realize that not many people are actually going to fill their iPods with $30k worth of iTunes music, but still. I know that there is still a ton of stealing happening out there. I realize that many have massive CD collections that they ripped themselves. I can buy that, but the concept of the Zune Pass advertising is quite right. Me, I have been “Renting” my music since the Yahoo Music Service in the early 2000s.

Source: Penny Arcade via Gizmodo

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Chris Leckness is a Microsoft MVP, Mobile Devices and a member of the exclusive focus group, Mobius. Chris has been a big time supporter/user of Windows Mobile since the Dell Axim days when it was Pocket PC 2002. Chris loves Zune, but also owns 3 iPhones too. His personal blog is chris.leckness.com.

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  • ghst

    look in the news section he did mention the free 10 songs and how much he liked the zune pass what he is saying is how they still can’t market thier way out of a paper bag

  • Quarma

    He never said he didn’t like the Zune Pass. He uses a Zune (and comedically claims to be the only non-Microsoft employee to own one) and the Zune Pass with joy. What he’s saying is that comparing a price in memory and a price in months works about as well as asking how many miles are in an hour.

    Before you say something about a Penny Arcade, remember that they usually explain the point behind the comic as well as other important facts (such as the ten free songs) in their news posts.

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