Woot has this way of making me seriously consider buying things I absolutely don’t need. Today they’re selling a 30GB Microsoft Zune for $80. Only the brown model is available at this price, but after shipping, that comes to a whopping $85.
A week or two back they had several other colors for $100 and I was already tempted. The first generation Zune may not be as cool as the iPod, but Microsoft is getting ready to roll out a slew of new features or the Zune 2. And they’ll all be available to Zune 1 users via a firmware update. So that means Wi-Fi syncing, podcast support, and synchronization with Windows Media Center PCs.
On the other hand, there’s really not much that you can do with a Zune that I can’t already do with my Dell Axim X50v PDA. I’ve got 10GB of memory thanks to the Axim’s expansion slots. And that’s plenty of room for podcasts, music, and the occasional video. The only real reason to pick up a Zune would be to play with it, and possibly to see if I could sell it for a few bucks more than I paid for it on eBay. But since a few thousand people probably have the same idea, my guess is that the average price for Zunes on eBay is about to drop significantly.
Anyway, if you’re in the market for a portable media player, you should check out today’s Woot.