Steven Smith, aka, the Zune Tattoo Guy or Mszunefan has abruptly ended his man-love obsession with all things Zune, willfully defecting to the tender Touch of Apple's iPod after realizing Zune sucks. Smith was no casual Zune zombie, he was the most recognized Zune fanatic in the product's history along with being a regular Zune Scene forum contributor and a three time tattooed fan boy. In his forum summary he appropriately listed his position as "Emperor Zune". At one point he investigated changing his legal name to 'Microsoft Zune' before waking up to his own unique version of coyote ugly. For Steven Smith, the Zune honeymoon is over.
I spoke to Smith by phone as he waxed on about the failings of Zune,
his disappointment in the progress of the product line and his new iPod
Touch. "The thing
that pisses me off is that Microsoft is not advancing the Zune
software, it's obviously the bastard child in Microsoft's product
line," said Smith. For the record, mister Smith never made that fabled
trip to Microsoft's Redmond campus as reported by several websites. The
supposed trip was never confirmed according to the Microsofties. Smith was sent a red Zune as a consolation prize instead, making him one of the few officially sponsored Zuners by Microsoft.
Smith gushed over the feel of his new 16GB iPod Touch which he purchased after owning an 80GB iPod Classic for less than 72 hours."It's super thin and does some really neat stuff like tilting to go into cover flow," Smith said. "I also like watching movies on it. I can go anywhere to get iPod accessories, that's not the case with Zune stuff in Iowa." Smith revealed that "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" was the first movie he watched on his Touch. I'm guessing MacHeads will be his next pick.
When I asked Steven about plans for his wildly obsolete Zune tattoos, he indicated that he'll keep "The weird guy with the bunny" if it doesn't eat his brain first. Smith intends to cover over his Zune logo tattoo with a political statement. He's planing a parody tat of Dick Cheney wearing devil horns with the words, "Worse President Ever", which he admitted is humor lost on the folks in Iowa. Smith has no immediate plans for his third Zune tattoo that reads, "Welcome To The Social". How about adding the word "disorder" to the end of that tattoo to accurately describe the Zune scene?
Steven Smith has morphed into a memorable micro-celebrity that
should be granted his rightful place enshrined in the halls of
Microsoft headquarters right next to a portrait of the extinct Zune
media player as evidence that the device once existed in Microsoft's
history. It's the least Steve Ballmer can do for all that free
publicity delivered on the large hairy back of the Zune Tattoo Guy.
Smith's Zune Scene homies should be pouring out Red Bull in honor of
their once fanatical emperor, instead of verbally attacking the only
person willing to sacrifice his body for bad Zune art.
Many of Smith's detractors have accused him of being a media whore, switching to an iPod only for the attention. That's an accusation Smith takes great offense to, "I did not get my tattoos to be intentionally bashed, nor did I make my recent announcement and jump to iPod to bring back those attackers. I'm doing this because I can see the future and the Zune just isn't part of the future," Smith said. That's an amazing mouthful I'm confident (the perfectly healthy) Steve Jobs himself could not have bested.