Steve Jobs not worried about Zune


— 12:28 PM on October 16, 2006

In an interview with Newsweek this weekend, Apple CEO Steve Jobs talked down the "community-building" features promised by Microsoft's upcoming Zune portable media player. Asked if he considered the Zune's ability to share music via Wi-Fi a threat to the iPod, Jobs stated the following:

In a word, no. I've seen the demonstrations on the Internet about how you can find another person using a Zune and give them a song they can play three times. It takes forever. By the time you've gone through all that, the girl's got up and left! You're much better off to take one of your earbuds out and put it in her ear. Then you're connected with about two feet of headphone cable.
A video of the Zune's song-sharing feature in action can be viewed here. It looks like Jobs does have somewhat of a point, although the Zune would certainly make sharing multiple tracks more convenient. Unfortunately, Zune's Wi-Fi capabilities haven't yet been exploited to allow users to sync up with their PCs wirelessly or buy music online via Wi-Fi access points.
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