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
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
Zune website. However, the link is currently not active meaning
that Microsoft probably isn't quite ready to make an official
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
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.