Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

May 4, 2008

Zune Software Review

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 11:03 am

I have decided to review Microsoft Zune software on my Windows XP computer. However I cannot review the hardware since Microsoft released the Zune only to the US market and the only Zunes I found here in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia are overpriced and gray marketed.

Add to that Microsoft thinking that it is too good to allow me to even have a look at the ZuneOriginals site (which is the only thing I found interesting about the Zune), giving me this very silly message “ACCESS DENIED: We are sorry but Zune Originals is not available in your area yet. Please check back soon.“, not zune enough if you ask me.


  • The installation took almost 15 minutes for some reason and it stuck on %99 for 5 minutes.
  • No its 8 minutes now. 10 whole minutes on %99.
  • “Checking for updates” should not take that long and should not be done in the middle of the install.
  • A full 15 minutes of waiting on %99 now.
  • 25 minutes at %99 of Zune software installation.
  • I will be going out now, and leaving this computer on until the install is finished.
  • This concludes part one of my Zune software review. I give it a 0/10 on the design and implementation of the installer. Part two will be available once the installation is actually done.

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