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What's Hebrew For 'Oops?'

Frank Ahrens

This one was too tasty to let pass unnoticed over the weekend. Consider it a little Friday afternoon gift from your buds here at the Ugi.

So, you may have heard that Microsoft plans to roll out an iPod-killer Nov. 14. Apple's iPod has about 75 percent of the digital-music player market and Microsoft thinks that's just too much.

So Bill Gates's boys in Redmond have created what looks like a nifty little player that does some things the iPod does, such as play music and video, and some things the iPod doesn't do, such as play FM radio. It will be priced at around $250, about $50 cheaper than the iPod before Apple coincidentially lowered the iPod price last month.

So far, so good.

The problem may be the name. Microsoft is calling its player "Zune."

Of course, I am instantly reminded of Zule, the evil god of "Ghostbusters."

Other, more literate observers, however, have noticed a striking similarity to the pronunciation for "zi-yun," a Hebrew curse. Some posit it is an equivalent for the ultimate Anglo-Saxon profanity, of which you are all aware.


By Frank Ahrens  |  October 20, 2006; 5:06 PM ET  | Category:  Frank Ahrens
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>some things the iPod doesn't do...

A Zune feature you didn't mention was wireless capabilities. They are going to start with Zune-to-Zune (restricted) sharing, and add some kind of Wi-Fi hot-spot access in the future.

They will also offer an option music subscription service, something not available with iTunes.

Another Christmas competitor for iPod is Sansa-Rhapsody.

As for the Zune name, I imagine that it is a rhyme with Tune, such as "playing tunes on my Zune".

Posted by: JohnJ | October 21, 2006 12:45 PM

Zune and zion is as close as sit to s?it.

BS to me.

Posted by: Jack | October 23, 2006 12:12 AM

This is going to be extremely dorky, but I think the correct spelling of the Ghostbusters character is Zuul. So says Wikipedia, at any rate. ;)

Posted by: Luis | October 23, 2006 4:11 PM

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