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Microsoft Zune 80 has sub-par battery life

…and the world breathes a sigh of despair. Were you looking to scoop up a couple of Microsoft Zune 80s for your nephews, nieces, and gardner’s during the holiday season? If battery life is important to you, then you might want to think twice. CNET has just published the results of their recent battery tests, and the Zune 80 isn’t looking too good in the face of some stiff competition. According to CNET, the Zune 80 was only able to swing 22 hours of  audio playback without Wi-Fi enabled. Turn on that wireless function and you’re looking at roughly 18.5 hours of playback. That’s great, but the 80GB version of the new iPod Classic was able to play for a staggering 45 hours before calling it quits. To be fair, the Zune does have a significantly larger screen than the iPod Classic, but is it worth a runtime that’s half as good?

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Born with a cell phone in one hand and a tablet in the other, Josh Karp has followed his love of technology through to the present day. As a Special Correspondent at BGR, Josh covers press conferences, trade shows and other events around the world. An expert in all things mobile, Josh has more than eight years of experience covering the wireless industry.