Mr. Mossberg just handed down his verdict on the latest series of Microsoft Zunes. Those of you who shout him down with your flaccid cries of "fanboi" will want to turn away... now. Walt considers the new Zunes a "vast improvement" over Microsoft's first generation player. However, "it's still no iPod." Oh, there's plenty to like: the Zune 80's big display, the squircle navigator, built-in FM radio, and enhanced PC software and Zune Marketplace. Annoyances too, naturally. Notably, Walt found the included WiFi to be "nearly useless" in value while providing an unwelcome drain on the battery. In summation he says, "Microsoft has greatly improved the Zune hardware and software this time. But it seems to be competing with Apple's last efforts, not its newest ones." Hmm, this all sounds strangely familiar.

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Mossberg's new Zune review sounds familiar