Items tagged with Zune HD

So, wait. The Zune HD isn't dead? Hmm. After hearing that Microsoft was transitioning away from the Zune HD hardware and focusing more on software, it seemed easy to assume that the Zune as a standalone hardware icon was dead. But that may not quite be the case yet. Microsoft made it pretty clear that Windows Phone 7 would be their focal point this year, and the media integration aspects were taking over for Zune in some sense. But now, DaveMac-MS -- manager of business development for Zune hardware -- is saying something a bit different. He claims that he still has the title just mentioned, which... Read more...
Microsoft's Zune HD sure has seen a difficult road. No matter how hard the company tried, they never could gain ground on Apple. The iPod has proven too strong for even Microsoft's marketing powers, and now it's rare to hear anything about the player at all. Microsoft is still making them, but they're hardly marketing it; at this point, the iPod has simply taken over, and as SanDisk's CEO pointed out a few years back, it's hard to "out iPod the iPod." But that's not to say the Zune HD is dead. United Airlines has just given the media player a new lease on life thanks to a partnership that will... Read more...
Microsoft plans to launch a 64GB version of its Zune HD on April 12th via the Zune online store. With this new model, Microsoft claims you'll be able to store up to 16,000 songs or 20 hours of high definition video on the media player. With the announcement of the new model, Microsoft is also lowering the estimated retail price for the 16GB and 32GB models by $20, making them $199.99 and $269.99, respectively. Microsoft also mentioned a v4.5 firmware update that will add the ability to browse, stream, and acquire music from Zune Marketplace on your TV; Smart DJ auto-playlists; and expanded codec... Read more...
So look, Microsoft's Zune HD looks promising. Really promising, even. But promising enough that it shouldn't give the general population any other choices in the Zune range? That's evidently the case, as news has surfaced asserting that Microsoft is planning to kill off its entire Zune range save for the forthcoming Zune HD. At first take, this seems like a really odd decision. The Zune HD is great for high-end users who will appreciate an OLED display and a premium design, but what about lower-end users who just need a basic music player but would love to give Microsoft $14.99 per month in order... Read more...
There's little doubt that the hype surrounding Microsoft's Zune HD far exceeds that which surrounded the original Zune. The design is far superior, the technology is cutting edge (HD Radio, OLED display, etc.) and far more is at stake. Microsoft didn't exactly hit a home run with the original Zune, but if the Zune HD crashes and burns in much the same way, who knows if the software giant will even bother to try its hand at Apple's game again? In order to really launch an all out assault on Apple's iPod touch, Microsoft has also enlisted the help of NVIDIA. An odd partner in the portable media player... Read more...
Well, well--turns out those pricing leaks from Amazon the other day were legitimate, and now Microsoft has stepped in to confirm what most of the tech-savvy world already knew. The company's next-generation Zune, and arguably the iPod's most serious competition to date, will begin to ship to US customers on September 15th, or just over a month from today.For those who can't wait to get in on the action, a slew of retailers and e-tailers are offering consumers the ability to pre-order the device, which will be made available in 16GB and 32GB capacities. The world's first touch-screen Zune will boast... Read more...
Amazon.com has, via a pre-order page, confirmed already leaked prices from a Best Buy tipster for the upcoming Zune HD. The price will be $220 for 16GB and $290 for 32GB. The highlights of the new device, which still appears headed to a Sept. 8th intro, from Amazon's page, are: Touchscreen: Get quick and instant access to your content with multi-touch navigation. With a 3.3-inch screen and vivid 16:9 OLED display (480x272 resolution), premium entertainment is at your fingertips.HD Radio: Tune into your favorite stations with crystal-clear reception. With an integrated HD Radio receiver, you can... Read more...
After images of Microsoft's supposedly forthcoming Zune HD leaked out to the web this past weekend, many technology critics have spent the past few days debating whether or not the mythical device has the chops to knock Apple from its throne. Or to even give it a scare, really.Our very own Daniel Begun sat down with TechVi's Randall Bennett and Macworld's David Chartier to discuss this very topic, focusing on what software and hardware changes Microsoft would need to include in the Zune HD for it to be considered a formidable rival. We won't spoil the fun for you, but we will direct you down to... Read more...