The Zune Team made their huge announcement today, launching the new Zune 2's and the rewritten Zune Marketplace. While I'm not going to belittle the work they've done in that respect, I have to wonder... ZuneCards? WTF?!?!? How in the world is that more important than being able to buy stuff over your WiFi connection? How long is Microsoft going to let Apple have the uncontested lead in that space? Yeah, WiFi sync is pretty cool, but I'd rather have WiFi store. And while we're at it, what about Xbox Video Marketplace integration?
All in all, today's announcement was pretty disappointing. I could have lived with the WMP11 version of the Marketplace if I could have played with tighter Xbox Live Marketplace integration. I'm not sure I like the new Zune UI either. My Master Chief background won't look quite as cool on it after the upgrade.
One question I have outstanding is whether or not HDTV recorded off of CableCARD tuners will be able to be synced to the new Zunes. If they can, that might help deflect some of my disappointment, seeing as how right now all that content is trapped on my Media Center.