Microsoft's Zune HD has sparked a heavy interest in gadget lovers, and the upcoming music player may even steal some thunder from Apple's iPod. Unfortunately, Microsoft has announced that the device will remain in the US only. In other words, if you reside elsewhere on our blue marble, don't expect to see a Zune HD on local store shelves in the immediate future.

Redmond has said that it is "focused on deploying an exciting service in the form of Zune Video to 18 markets." The software-giant is "looking at potential future hardware experiences for these markets, but [does] not have anything to announce right now." An understandable reason to delay the launch abroad -- however, haven't other markets already been thoroughly tested with Apple's portable MP3 and video endeavor?

Come September 15 the Zune HD will debut, and regardless of its overseas presence, I suspect that it will put at least a slight chink in Apple's armor. Do you think the Zune will flop again?