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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 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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RE: Why would you buy one at this point?
By tdawg on 3/29/2010 11:03:49 AM , Rating: 3
Care to expound on this? I've personally seen nothing to say the development environment is going to change from the existing XNA architecture being used for development of Zune HD apps and Xbox Live games. What would change with that would break compatibility?

Plus, with all the development going into Windows Phone 7 Series OS, nobody has any idea where development stands on a second-generation HD or when that might find it's way to market.

RE: Why would you buy one at this point?
By RabidDog on 3/29/2010 11:25:41 AM , Rating: 4
From the information that I have gathered, WP7/HD2 will use XNA 4.0 for development. The currernt Zune HD is only compatible with XNA 3.2x with no plans to upgrade this, probably due to the hardware changes in HD2.
The best source on this is Paul Thurrott over at Win Supersite. He as a series of articles on WP7.

RE: Why would you buy one at this point?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 12:03:36 PM , Rating: 2
Based on your logic, nobody should buy ANY product because the next one will have more features, more power, etc etc.

RE: Why would you buy one at this point?
By RabidDog on 3/29/2010 1:01:28 PM , Rating: 2
My reference is only the Zune HD 64GB. With the new products right around the corner, you will be buying and end of life product for only 6 months of use. I would hope that a new product would last longer then 6 months before being obsolete.

RE: Why would you buy one at this point?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 1:11:09 PM , Rating: 2
Except your basis for an MP3 player being "obsolete" is that it might not be compatible with a smart phone that everyone isn't going to have anyway, or the new generation of media player.

As far as it's role, delivering media to the end user via a mobile platform, I don't see how it will be obsolete.

By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 7:28:47 PM , Rating: 2
If ppl are going to develop games/apps for a platform, will they do it for

A. The dead end ZuneHD (which btw has no major development going for it anyhow)


B. The upcoming platform which includes smartphones which happens to be where the market is going (why have a phone + media player when one can do both?)

Now if you are going to buy the Zune simply for its media playback abilities, there are FAR better options on the market. If you like the whole Zune ecosystem/apps/games/store, then wait.

Microsoft is famous for backwards compatibility, yet they feel the need to do this. WHY?

By tdawg on 3/29/2010 4:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
So, I looked around a bit and beyond a blog comment that stated current WP7S apps won't be backwards compatible with the current Zune HD OS, is there anything stopping MS from upgrading the Zune HD OS? They've done it before, breathing life into the Zune 30s when the Zune 4/8/80 hit the streets.

I guess until MS says one way or another, officially, we're in a wait-and-see situation.

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