What's The Point Of Putting WiFi On A Device If You Can't Use It?
from the none-at-all dept
Microsoft’s Zune device, the supposed iPod killer designed by committee, continues to show some of the less-than-inspired design choices that only a committee would love. There was already the lack of support for Microsoft’s own ironically named “Plays for Sure” DRM, and now Engadget points out that the greatly hyped WiFi on the device is more or less limited to simply connecting to other Zune devices. You can’t use it to connect to the internet. You can’t use it to download content. Hell, you can’t even use it to connect the Zune to your PC (apparently you have to break out a cable for that one…). It’s hard to see the benefit of even using WiFi at all in this case, other than to get some marketing hype that will only lead to disappointed consumers when they realize the device doesn’t even do some of the most basic things you’d expect it to do. Of course, it’s likely that someone will quickly create a hack, though who knows how Microsoft will then react to it. Either way, it’s yet another bizarre design choice, that takes away features, rather than focusing on how to make the device as useful as possible.