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A link for the 64GB Zune HD had popped up on Microsoft's website
Microsoft will soon launch a 64GB Zune HD

When Microsoft first announced the Zune HD, one of the things that left many of us scratching our heads was the fact that the portable media device wouldn't launch with a 64GB option. At the time, it was well hypothesized that the third generation iPod touch would ship with such an option -- it did -- leaving Microsoft without an effective counterpunch.

Six months after the Zune HD launch, it now appears that Microsoft is finally getting around to adding a 64GB model to its Zune HD lineup. Engadget got word that a link to the 64GB model has been added to the official Zune website. However, the link is currently not active meaning that Microsoft probably isn't quite ready to make an official announcement.

Current MSRPs for the 16GB and 32GB Zune HDs are $219 and $289 respectively, although retailers like Amazon.com have them listed for a low $169 and $239 respectively. For comparison, Apple's 32GB and 64GB third generation iPod touch models feature MSRPs of $299 ($258) and $399 ($343).

Microsoft's Zune HD features an NVIDIA Tegra HD processor, 480x272 OLED display, 720p video output, and an HD radio receiver.



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Nice, but still lacking.
By RjBass on 3/29/2010 9:22:47 AM , Rating: 2
The Microsoft HD Zune series is really nice, but it is still lacking in one area, a small, light, extremely portable version that is much lower in cost. We have a couple of the 1st generation Zunes, a 4gb and an 8gb that my wife and I use for running. We purchased each one for less then $100 but at the same time we knew we were getting a quality product. We opted for the Zune because we also have several Windows's based PC's in the house and an XBox 360 which allows us to link them all together to share music, pictures etc.... While Apples iPod is an obvious good choice, the Zune just blended into our home network better. Now what we would like to see is maybe a 10gb or 15gb HD model in the sub $150 price range so that we can upgrade our 1st generation Zunes without breaking the bank. Of course we will be getting one of the larger more expensive Zunes for road trips and such, but a smaller, low cost HD Zune will really fill a void that we need.




RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By tdawg on 3/29/2010 10:59:02 AM , Rating: 2
How much lighter or more portable can the Zune HD get? In my opinion, the thing is feather light, very slim and very portable. A smaller screen for a touch-driven OS would probably end up being a pain if put in a nano-sized device. the 3.2" screen of the HD seems just right at the moment; I couldn't imagine navigating the Zune HD OS on a <2" screen.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By RjBass on 3/29/2010 12:36:13 PM , Rating: 2
Well in comparison to the original Zune 4gb model, it's pretty big. We like to just strap our current models to our arms and start running. The HD Zune looks a little to big to be doing that. I could be wrong as I have not handled one up close and personal yet, but from what I have seen, they don't really seem to fill that void yet.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 12:46:58 PM , Rating: 1
The whole point of the Zune is the big screen, wireless utility, and it's full feature set. You claim the Zune is "still lacking" because they don't offer a shitty stripped down iPod shuffle type product. Excuse me ?

The HD is smaller, lighter, and thinner than my Zune 80 btw. Which you can take from me after prying it from my cold dead fingers.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By RjBass on 3/31/2010 11:07:46 AM , Rating: 2
I guess I am just looking for Microsoft to be able to compete against Apple on all fronts of the MP3 player market so that in the future I won't have to purchase an iPod Shuffle simply because Microsoft doesn't make anything like it.

I like competition, and good competition between Microsoft and Apple is a good thing.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By tdawg on 3/29/2010 4:27:45 PM , Rating: 2
In that case, I highly recommend going in and handling one; it's eye-opening. At least it was for me. I too was under the impression that it was Touch-esque in terms of size, but it feels much more compact. While I think it looks silly when people have their iphones/touches strapped to their arms, the Zune HD shouldn't cause much issue if you wanted to do that.

Also, the Zune 4gb and 8gb are still relevant products that basically exist to compete with the nano.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By bodar on 3/29/2010 5:29:42 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Well in comparison to the original Zune 4gb model, it's pretty big.


Not according to specs I've seen of the Zune 4GB. The HD is smaller:

HD = 4 x 2.1 x 0.35 inches
4GB = 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches

The HD also weighs half as much at 2.6 oz vs 5.6 oz

I love my HD 32GB.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By tdawg on 3/29/2010 7:04:55 PM , Rating: 2
You sure that's not for the Zune 30 or Zune 80? According to the tech specs on www.zune.net:

Zune 4:
Size: 41.4 mm x 91.5 mm x 8.5 mm (w x h x d)
Weight: 1.7 ounces (47 grams)

Zune HD 32:
Size: 52.7 mm x 102.1 mm x 8.9 mm (w x h x d)
Weight: 2.6 ounces (74 grams)

For comparison, Zune 80:
Size: 61.1 mm x 108.2 mm x 12.9 mm (w x h x d)
Weight: 4.5 ounces (128 grams)


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By bodar on 3/29/2010 7:15:11 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, you're correct. I was using the specs from Overstock.com and didn't bother to check Zune.net since the 4GB is discontinued -- I just googled "zune 4GB weight". I knew the weight didn't seem right and it makes sense for the 120GB.

I still think the Zune HD could easily be strapped to the arm using something like the DLO Action Jacket. I use the Speck Pixelskin case for mine and carry in side pants pocket or backpack.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By tdawg on 3/29/2010 7:19:47 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, the Zune HD is light enough that you probably wouldn't even notice it being strapped to your arm.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By RjBass on 3/31/2010 11:09:23 AM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing your right, we will just have to pick one up and try it out first.


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