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  (Source: Engadget)
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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RE: More Storage
By Mitch101 on 8/13/2009 11:36:02 AM , Rating: 2
32gig is sufficient for most but 64gb would make it safe.

On my Zune 30gb
266 Songs (Dont need my entire music collection with me)
16059 pictures
58 Videos most are (LARGE WMV podcasts some as long as 47 mins)

6.48GB used
21.31GB free

A 720P movie h.264 compressed will be about 4gig ~ 8 movies?

If I'm going to watch the movie over someone elses house I can see keeping the 720P format and carrying maybe 3-4 movies max. If I'm going to watch them on the ZuneHD screen they might as well be converted to the screens format saving a ton of space.

My guess is if you need tons of HD movies in a portable form get a popcorn hour. If you want a couple this should be doable.


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