Zune HD expected to arrive in early September

By Justin
Jun 25, 2009
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  1. Though Apple is the undisputed king of portable media players today, we can\'t discount the numerous competitors that are all seeking to steal some of its glory. Microsoft is one of the biggest among them, and has for several years now been trying to make the Zune a better buy than the iPod. They haven\'t achieved that yet, but will be getting a leg up later on this year when they launch the Zune HD.

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  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    I had a 120gb zune and filled it up. I hope MS will make a larger version of the HD
  3. omg please try to be a bit less biased and do a bit more reading on the subject before writing articles like this.

    Many people believe the current Zune and other PMPs are already a better buy than the iPod - myself included.

    Microsoft does not expect used to view HD content on the Zune itself (the 480x272 widescreen OLED display obviously wouldn't support it), the HD moniker comes from the fact that it has an included HD Radio receiver and can also output 720p video over HDMI.
  4. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,073   +75

    For once I totally agree with a guest. Sorry Techspot, but you dropped the ball on this one. Fail.
  5. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,520   +311

    LOL. I found it hilarious that we are being called Apple biased. That said, I will take the criticism due to how the story was written. I think Justin mixed two very different ideas in the intro: 1) Apple dominates the PMP market, and 2) Apple makes the better players.

    The second one could go either way I guess.
  6. Apple is King and so is Michael Jackson, rest in peace man! M$ and Zune step aside.
  7. T77

    T77 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 315

    the new zune coupled with nvidia tegra seems quite promising
  8. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,490   +302

    Why isn't the Michael Jackson story on Techspot? it has a technical issue with his death as well, read this

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8120324.stm
  9. KG363

    KG363 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    any word on what kind of apps and games it will have?
  10. Justin

    Justin Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 1,595

    I wasn't trying to imply that the iPod is better in terms of technical prowess - I was only referring to it from a sales standpoint. I am definitely not Apple-biased, and if you look at previous things I've written, I tend not to favor Apple. I only give them credit where credit is due, and the iPod currently is the king of mp3 players.
  11. Ultimate Load

    Ultimate Load Newcomer, in training

    More filler, please!

    I should not have to read your earlier articles to figure out what you are implying here. If you mean to state it as a sales issue, say that in the article. The obvious implied thought would be technical on a site named Techspot. Not sure how you missed the correct HD usage unless you think that's what MS was implying (on a screen that small).
     
  12. Justin

    Justin Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 1,595

    Resolution aside, the Zune HD is being sold as having VD Video "Out" - implying that the content is still sourced from the device itself. 32GB is way too small for that sort of content.

    This is straight from the MS ad at their own site:


    How much HD content can you lug around with sizes of 16GB or 32GB? I carry that much around in music alone, with my mp3 player (a 60GB unit) having 31GB in just music. A single 30-minute 720p TV episode will consume a lot of space on that.
  13. MS fanboys/girls:
    Please, please, please stop making the Apple fanboys/girls look good. You owe to us (for listening to you rant) and to yourselves (self respect). Justin said the ipod is the top seller in portable music players. and...?
    Windows is the top selling OS. and...? The Zune HD has an iddy biddy hard drive. This should be pointed out, like every time Apple short changes the specs on their computers without just cause. If you don't like MS acting like Apple, grow some and tell Microsoft. Justin let you know what they plan to do wrong. Tell MS to show some fan loyalty and stop shooting the messenger. He has the right to say what people are donig without everything being taken so far out of context.
    -Him ThatIs
  14. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TechSpot Maniac Posts: 543

    I wish HD files where not too big, and HD tvs did not cost so much. But who cares what I think.

    I watched the tennis today on the BBC HD channel on a 1080P TV. SAW no difference even when it was switched to the SD bbc channel and back again.
  15. asreall

    asreall Newcomer, in training

    Zune Fail

    I bought a zune player a couple years back so can’t remember which one I’m sorry. But it failed spectacularly I have to have it change 3 times in the end I gave up on it and joined Sony Ericson they are uber reliable and amazing I never will touch iPod (as I fix them for people) so I know who UNRELIABLE they are.
  16. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    Maybe its your service or the quality of the tv, I also watched wimbledon on my 1080p, my friends did as well as we talk about the matches afterwards. There's definately a difference, if there wasnt, why would so many hdtv's be flying off the shelves in the last 5 years, and still increasing.
  17. KG363

    KG363 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    There is a huge difference in SD and HD. I just got a 1680 x 1050 monitor and the difference is astounding.
  18. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    I have both and my personal choice is the Zune of the two. And I for one am looking forward to the new Zune, better competition is always nice. But I do agree that those sizes are rather limiting especially for HD content. We can only hope they will have larger sizes in the future. Maybe even some XBLA content :) .
  19. perhaps Microsoft is leaning more towards online streaming rather than having to store such large files on such a small device. or perhaps they will have an external wireless hardrive device that you can keep on your home network and access through the internet. with the 360 having access to netflix i wouldn't be surprised to see it also on the zune.
  20. KG363

    KG363 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    I've had both the zune 30 and the zune 80 and they are awesome. I've also had some early RIO models and an ipod. the zunes have yet to break. The problem is that no one owns one.
  21. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41


    so you mean like 3g or something, and wifi capabilities?
  22. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    I do :)
  23. redwallo1

    redwallo1 Newcomer, in training

    if the rumors i am hearing are correct the reason for the size limitations is because they are using a solid state drive.. and i dont mean like flash but like a SSHDD(Solid State Hard Drive)
    this is only rumor however, and ill leave the rumor telling to the pros :D
  24. KG363

    KG363 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    That would be awesome. However, even then i am going to wait until the 64GB comes out
  25. The fact you all miss is this is a mini HTPC, you can stream over wifi 720 content from the BBC and others and stream over wifi legal music 3+ millions tracks in the UK on spotify. Add a bluetooth-wifi headset for VOIP and you have a £249 product that can do what a Mac Mini or ION PC does but then pick it up and use the 32 GB storage and carry it about.

    It can output to the new 720p DLP LED projectors which means a 100" 720 tv-media player is lighter than most current netbooks.

    Nvidia Tegra+ Zune hd means HD content anywhere with the same features as other MIDS or netbooks and sues even less power.

    It's a portable HTPC not MP3 player.
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