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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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Are they this stupid?
By zolo111 on 8/13/2009 5:41:45 PM , Rating: 2
Why bother with 64GB or whatever when they could just add a microSD slot and be done with it? are they this retarded? It would be alot cheaper than touch or whatever..

I think they're aiming for touch customers, most of these are Apple fan boys anyway and woun't consider a zune of all mp3 players for obvious reasons..

They're in 3rd posion and with thier second generation mp3 player & they want control mp3 player market with thier crap non micro SD mp3 players?
Build customer base by giving customers MORE options, not copy apple tactic and act like you can screw your customers like Apple do by having to buy another player to get more storage space!!

Add a micro SD slot and market the hell out of it:

"Zune owners can add as much storage space as they wish, CAN YOUR IPOD DO THAT?.." type marketing




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