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NVIDIA today issued a press release confirming its Tegra technology will be used in the soon-to-be released Zune HD

The Microsoft Zune HD, which will launch on September 15 and is available now for pre-order, is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra processor, NVIDIA confirmed today in a press release.

"Tegra provides the multimedia muscle in Zune HD," according to Michael Rayfield, NVIDIA mobile business GM.  "Users will love the device's new design, amazing multimedia features and HD video out capability.  Zune HD is a must-have for anyone looking for the best portable digital media player on the market."

The NVIDIA Tegra has eight independent processors, including an HD video processor, graphics processor, audio processor, and two ARM cores.  The hardware will help power video and audio for the device, which has a 3.3-inch OLED color display and supports up to 33 hours of music and 8.5 hours of video use.

It was widely believed the Zune HD would be powered by NVIDIA hardware, but today marks the first time NVIDIA or Microsoft publicly discussed the use of Tegra technology.

The latest Zune will be available with the 16GB version ($219.99) and 32 GB ($289.99), and is available in five colors, though only two colors are available in the pre-order.

Despite being compared continually to the popular Apple iPod -- which controls the MP3 player market -- Microsoft continues to state it is pleased with overall Zune sales.

"Today we're happy with the number of devices we've sold, and as we've said before, for Zune it's about the longer-term strategy and the multi-year vision for this business," a Microsoft official told CDFreaks last month.  “Increasingly, Zune’s focus is on areas where it is differentiating against the competition, such as the Zune Pass subscription service, which gives users access to millions of songs for the price of one CD a month and lets them keep 10 tracks a month to add to their permanent collection.”

Microsoft will likely take a similar approach with the Zune HD, but the company understands comparisons with the iPod Touch will continue.

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music reproduction quality.
By dark matter on 8/17/2009 8:15:25 PM , Rating: 3
at the time of this post, not one person has asked it "SOUNDS" better than the iPOd.

Quite remarkable considering what we are discussing.

RE: music reproduction quality.
By keitaro on 8/17/2009 8:32:16 PM , Rating: 4
Sounds? The people who uses these players are ones who don't factor in sound quality that much. Even I don't bother to hear the difference. If I want superior audio quality, I'd be listening my music on a $5000 receiver with $2000 speaker set. You're going to be listening to audio while on the move, where there are a lot of outside noise that will likely permeate in.

RE: music reproduction quality.
By InvertMe on 8/17/2009 9:12:43 PM , Rating: 5
iPods IMO are the worst sounding of the top brands of MP3 players. Creative, Zune, Cowon, Samsung and Sony all sound better.

So for me unless Apple does a major revamp of their hardware I don't even consider them contenders in the sound quality department. Maybe that's why no one asked.

RE: music reproduction quality.
By MadMan007 on 8/17/2009 9:32:33 PM , Rating: 2
Didn't you know, SQ is dead. People would rather have a media player that can do 7241 things merely 'ok' rather than like, play media really well.

RE: music reproduction quality.
By Omega215D on 8/18/2009 4:30:27 AM , Rating: 2
Because it's a given that it'll sound better than an iPod, and knowing MS they won't replace what was working on their previous Zunes. The last gen of Zunes sounded quite nice even though it had no EQ.

If a company can get sound quality right in a $60 player then Apple clearly has problems getting the basics right.

By Alexstarfire on 8/18/2009 2:15:31 PM , Rating: 2
Apple has always had trouble getting the basics right.

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