The Zune Update Totally Sucks
9/18/2008 12:42:02 PM
Updated the Zune application software this morning at about 7:00am. Since I had no choice in the matter, I went ahead and did it ;)
Wow. Talk about a change... for the worst. The application seems to lag a lot even when I have nothing else open. If I try to listen to it with Visual Studio 2008, SQL Management Studio, and Outlook forget about it. Too bad because those are all the things I use on a daily basis for work. That's also when I listen to the most of my music.
Luckily I've got 4 stereos in the house wired up to my Zune player so depending on where in the house I'm working (laptop) I can listen to my music. I've also got 2 30GB zunes for this and am thinking of buying another when the new line is released (if it hasn't been already).
Like any Microsoft product there will be a patch released for the Zune software if enough people are experiencing these symptoms and at the end of the day I'm still glad I don't use any Apple products.
Does anyone else find that the Zune software responds a lot like a poorly-written RIA (rich internet application)? To me it responds like Silverlight applications do when they are first written; before any story board animations / overlays are added to let the user know that SOMETHING is actually happening. Just a thought....
If anyone from Zune reads this you might want to update the Zune Card widget (see left navigation column) to utilize Silverlight instead of Flash. It would probably be a good look since, you know; you're Microsoft and you have this new technology you want to promote.
Looks like I'll try this again later. Maybe rebooting (again) will help.
Unresponsiveness of the application aside, the hardware update seems to be pretty sweet! Now I can play games while listening to tasty licks by The Chameleons. The wireless feature is pretty sweet. I wonder if I have to be at one of 9,800 McDonald's restaurants to be able to download? I'd guess not...