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Archos 604 or Microsoft Zune Deal?

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1d, 4w agoPosted 1 decade, 4 weeks ago
Hi there.

Im looking into possibly purchasing one of the above mentioned media players. The Zune works out at around £140 from a $ -> £ conversion, but I cannot find anywhere that is allowing pre-orders that will ship to the UK on release date (this Monday).

If I cannot get a zune, the Archos 604 is my next choice... Can anyone find one out there that isn't a few million quid?
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1d, 4w agoPosted 1 decade, 4 weeks ago
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#1
Best price on the Archos so far is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000I5Q07O/hotukdeals-21 £219.97 at Amazon.
#2
I like the Archos but the Zune does look good from this:

Manufacturer's Description
Zune is here. Designed around the principles of sharing, discovery and community, Zune will create new ways for people to connect and share entertainment experiences. The Zune experience centers around connection-- connection to your library, connection to friends, connection to community and connection to other devices.
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The Zune has arrived, sporting sharing features that may revolutionise the way we experience music. Zune starts with a 30GB digital media player and adds a twist. You can wirelessly share selected full-length sample tracks, playlists, pictures or your home-grown 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 stores up to 7,500 songs, 25,000 pictures or 100 hours of video. You can make playlists on the go and watch a slide show while you're listening. Watching video in landscape mode gets the most out of the vivid display. Zune has all that and a built in FM tuner, too. Zune comes in three colors: black, brown and white.
Wireless Zune-to-Zune Sharing
Every Zune device creates an opportunity for connection. Wireless Zune-to-Zune sharing lets you spontaneously share full-length sample tracks of select songs, homemade recordings, playlists or pictures with friends between Zune devices. Listen to the full track of any song you receive up to three times over three days. If you like a song you hear and want to buy it, you can flag it right on your device and easily purchase it from the Zune Marketplace.
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The 30 GB player comes in three colors.Zune Marketplace
Zune makes it easy to find music you love--whether it's songs in your existing library or new music from the Zune Marketplace. Easily import your existing music, pictures and videos in many popular formats and browse millions of songs on Zune Marketplace, where you can choose to purchase tracks individually or to buy a Zune Pass subscription to download as many songs as you want for a flat fee. It's simple to buy music and sync it on your player. The Zune Marketplace works with the Microsoft Points program so you can purchase music online without a credit card.
To get started with great music and videos out of the box, every Zune device is preloaded with content from record labels such as DTS, EMI Music's Astralwerks Records and Virgin Records, Ninja Tune, Playlouderecordings, Quango Music Group, Sub Pop Records, and V2/Artemis Records.
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Zune's three-inch screen can be switched to landscape mode--great for video.Import Your Music
Zune software can automatically import your existing music, pictures and videos from iTunes and Windows Media Player in a variety of formats, including your existing playlists and song ratings, as permitted by the online service from which it was purchased.
Room to Grow
As Zune evolves, your device can be easily updated. The Zune software on your PC will let you know when updates are available for download. And with built-in wireless capability in each player, the future is filled with possibilities.
Zune Accessories
You can choose from a full line of accessories to outfit your Zune. Three Zune Accessory Packs provide complete solutions for Zune in your car, in your home or while you travel. Individual accessories are also available.
[LIST]
[*]The Zune Car Pack includes everything needed to hit the road with a Zune device, such as the built-in FM tuner with AutoSeek and the Zune Car Charger.
[*]The Zune Home A/V Pack enhances your experience in the home through five products that integrate Zune with the TV and music speakers: Zune AV Output Cable, Zune Dock, Zune Sync Cable, Zune AC Adapter and the Zune Wireless Remote for Zune Dock.
[*]Zune Travel Pack is a set of five products designed to keep friends and family entertained on the road: Zune Premium Earphones, Zune Dual Connect Remote, Zune Gear Bag, Zune Sync Cable and the Zune AC Adapter.[/LIST]
#3
I know... I would almost literally kill for a Zune :P

But the bad thing is that the 14th November launch date is national to the US only. No other country even has release date. But apparently it won't be in the UK until 2007, possibly even 2008 (according to an MS guy).
#4
I do prefer the Archos though...

Manufacturer's Description
Archos 604 30GB Digital Media Player The ARCHOS 604 is the perfect companion for people on the move: its hard drive capacity allows you to store up to 130 hours of video encoded with a PC, the equivalent of 85 movies. Play them on the built-in 4.3" LCD color screen o playback on TV in high resolution up to 720 x 576 (DVD quality) with the DVR station. Play a large variety of video files, including MPEG-41, WMV2 and protected WMV2 and read MPEG-4 AAC/H.2643 r (.MP4 QuickTime files), MPEG-24, and VOB4 with optional software plug-ins (available on this website). The ARCHOS 604 also offers many more functionalities such as slow motion, adjustable screen size, video editing and even a video bookmarking function. Record Video with the optional DVR station. Record TV or most video sources such as satellite /cable box, VCR, DVD player6 or camcorder in MPEG-4 format. Records video directly on its hard drive in MPEG-4 format, up to VGA resolution (640 x 480). Transfer your photos from a PC or most mass storage devices via the USB 2.0 high speed interface or directly from a digital camera, on the move with the optional docking adapter, or at home with the DVR station. Store up to 15,000 songs on the hard drive and play most popular music files such as MP3, WAV, WMA and protected WMA files. Charge via the USB 2.0 interface or plug the device into the DVR station to get a quick charge (faster than USB). Video2).

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The ARCHOS 604 is the perfect companion for people on the move: its 30 GB* hard drive capacity allows you to store up to 130 hours of video5 encoded with a PC, the equivalent of 85 movies5. Play them on the built-in 4.3" LCD color screen or playback on TV in high resolution up to 720 x 576 (DVD quality) with the DVR station. Play a large variety of video files, including MPEG-41, WMV2 and protected WMV2 and read MPEG-4 AAC/H.2643 (.MP4 QuickTime files), MPEG-24, and VOB4 with optional software plug-ins (available on this website). The ARCHOS 604 also offers many more functionalities such as slow motion, adjustable screen size, video editing and even a video bookmarking function.
Record TV or external video sourcesTransform your ARCHOS 604 into a Digital Video Recorder with the optional DVR station. Record TV or most video sources such as satellite/cable box, VCR, DVD player6 or camcorder in MPEG-4 format1. Set up the DVR station by connecting it to the external video source; simply slot in your ARCHOS and record instantaneously or make scheduled recordings with the included infrared receiver that controls the external video sources.
Turn your ARCHOS into a camcorder
Record your personal videos.
ARCHOS allows you to transform your device into a camcorder:
- By connecting most digital cameras to your ARCHOS 604, through the optional DVR travel adapter.
- By connecting the optional high resolution helmet camcorder to the ACHOS 604.
The ARCHOS 604 records video directly on its 30 GB* hard drive in MPEG-4 format, up to VGA resolution (640 x 480).
Photo Wallet Transfer your photos from a PC or most mass storage devices via the USB 2.0 high speed interface or directly from a digital camera, on the move with the optional docking adapter, or at home with the DVR station. Store and view up to 300,000 photos5 (JPEG, PNG and BMP formats) and display slideshows with music and transition effect. Manage your files and folders directly on the device for a better mobility.
Music Player Store up to 15,000 songs5 on the hard drive and play most popular music files such as MP3, WAV, WMA and protected WMA files. Easily organize songs with the enhanced ARCLibrary and customize your view by artist, album, type of music, title, year, and create your playlists without having to use a computer. Use the voice recorder to store notes quickly for a later use.
Charge and syncCharge your ARCHOS 604 via the USB 2.0 interface or plug the device into the DVR station to get a quick charge (faster than USB). Purchase, download, subscribe to or rent protected video and music content from the Microsoft PlaysForSure™ websites. Using the high-speed USB 2.0 interface, the ARCHOS 604 will easily auto-synchronize this content with Windows Media® Player 10 each time you connect it to your PC, or convert your Windows Media® Player 10 library content to one of the many compatible formats (MP3, WMA, WAV, protected WMA, MPEG-41, WMV2 and protected Windows Media Video2).

Reviews
The ARCHOS 604 is the perfect companion for people on the move: its 30 GB* hard drive capacity allows you to store up to 130 hours of video5 encoded with a PC, the equivalent of 85 movies5. Play them on the built-in 4.3 LCD colour screen or playback on TV in high resolution up to 720 x 576 (DVD quality) with the DVR station. Play a large variety of video files, including MPEG-41, WMV2 and protected WMV2 and read MPEG-4 AAC/H.2643 (.MP4 QuickTime files), MPEG-24, and VOB4 with optional software plug-ins (available on this website). The ARCHOS 604 also offers many more functionalities such as slow motion, adjustable screen size, video editing and even a video bookmarking function Transform your ARCHOS 604 into a Digital Video Recorder with the optional DVR station. Record TV or most video sources such as satellite/cable box, VCR, DVD player6 or camcorder in MPEG-4 format1. Set up the DVR station by connecting it to the external video source; simply slot in your ARCHOS and record instantaneously or make scheduled recordings with the included infrared receiver that controls the external video sources
#5
There's some very nice videos, image galleries and reviews of the 604 on Gizmodo. The quality of the screen is the 604's strong point - it is apparently the best quality screen you'll find on any current media player... Only bad point of the 604 that matters to me is that you need the £60 docking station to record directly off TV into the 604.

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