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Zune HD can be pre-ordered today

Microsoft is holding steady at third place in the MP3 player market well behind Apple and behind second place SanDisk. Microsoft is still trying to woo customers to its Zune PMPs and has officially announced pricing and availability for its latest Zune player.

The Zune HD specifications and rumored pricing were leaked this week and today Microsoft has made pricing official. Redmond will be offering the 32GB Zune HD for $289.99 and the 16GB version will sell for $219.99.

Microsoft is taking pre-orders on the platinum 32GB Zune HD and a black 16GB Zune HD now online. The Zune HD devices can be purchased in stores on September 15. The pre-order devices are in the platinum or black colors only, but the device will be offered in five different colors and have ten different art engraving options.

The Zune HD is the first Microsoft PMP to offer a touch screen. While the specs on the HD leaked a while back, Microsoft has officially confirmed them the Zune HD will offer a HD radio receiver, HD video output, an OLED 3.3-inch screen with 480 x 272 resolution, integrated Wi-Fi, and a full internet browser. The device also runs the NVIDIA Tegra HD processor.

Along with the debut of the Zune HD device will come a slew of new accessories as well. The Zune AV Dock will connect the HD to your TV with 720p capability and will sell for $89.99, the Zune HD AV & Power Pack will sell for $49.99 and connect the Zune HD to the TV and keep it charged.

There will undoubtedly be a slew of other accessories coming from third-party vendors as well to lure money out of the pockets of new Zune HD owners.



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Wonder if Apple will match the prices?
By stubeck on 8/13/2009 10:18:39 AM , Rating: 2
Like they did with the original 30GB iPod to match the Zune.




RE: Wonder if Apple will match the prices?
By OSUHarms on 8/13/2009 10:24:28 AM , Rating: 2
I guarantee Apple will bring the price down. Whenever they refresh their ipod line they usually increase storage space or bring prices down (whichever way you want to look at it). I will probably be around $300 or $329 for their 32GB version. So far all we know about is the camera addition, and as far as I am concerned that is pointless. What mobile phone doesn't already have that? Granted we don't know the resolution of the camera yet, but tons of phones have at least 2 MP if not 3.2 MP. The device should be focused on music and video.


By Smilin on 8/13/2009 11:08:29 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know if they will or not.

Lets assume that all parties have reached enough volume that manufacturing costs are level. In that case the little guy has an advantage on price. If the little guy drops prices they make less money or lose a little. If the big guy drops prices per device to match they lose massive money due to the number of devices.

If MSFT can get apple to "flinch" and price-war with them, then it would count as a minor victory for MSFT.


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