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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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By eddieroolz on 3/29/2010 1:24:27 PM , Rating: 2
Australia, Canada, we're both in the same spot...I mean come on Microsoft. It's as easy as slapping French instructions on the box and brining it over the 49th for us! You don't even need to tack on French for Australia too.


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By eddieroolz on 3/29/2010 1:26:32 PM , Rating: 1
Let me add that I would seriously consider buying the Zune HD 64 since I cracked the screen of my Cowon S9 pretty bad. But one fatal flaw: lack of FLAC support. That's a dealbreaker for me.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 5:36:09 PM , Rating: 3
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But one fatal flaw: lack of FLAC support. That's a dealbreaker for me.


There is no audible difference between a FLAC file and a high bitrate MP3. The Zune software can convert FLAC to an MP3 of the bitrate of your choosing on the fly, so I'm not following you on this.


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By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 7:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
Don't tell that to THEM, especially Cowon owners.

But since when did any piece of Microsoft software support open source material, ie FLAC or vorbis?


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 7:45:13 PM , Rating: 2
Well there are lots of audiphole phonies running around claiming MP3 is "lossy" and it doesn't sound as good. That's only true if you are dealing with a very low bitrate file.

Flac is nice and all, but it's nothing special. And not as higher quality as people claim.


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By nilepez on 3/29/2010 8:08:33 PM , Rating: 3
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Well there are lots of audiphole phonies running around claiming MP3 is "lossy" and it doesn't sound as good. That's only true if you are dealing with a very low bitrate file.


It's not a claim. MP3 is a lossy format .
Whether you or I can hear the difference between them is irrelevant. Some people can. There was a time that I could, but my ears are not as good as they were a few years ago.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 8:54:15 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it's very relevant. It's the crux of the entire issue. The "loss" in high bitrate MP3's are sounds completely 100% inaudible to the human ear. That's a fact.

Because here is the deal, FLAC files are huge. A FLAC file is only about 20% smaller than the .WAV file it was converted from. So one must ask the question, if you demand compromised audio quality, why not just use .WAV files ?


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By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 9:55:36 PM , Rating: 2
Because FLAC is usually 45-60% smaller than a wav file, not "20%".


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By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 9:38:06 PM , Rating: 2
If I had to chose a lossless format, it would be FLAC. I find that Vorbis -q5 sounds good enough for tough material and -q3 for material where quality is not so important.

Cowon's stuff though sounds great. No one seems to get the EQ right but them. Apple? Start using the EQ and it goes to crap.

I store all my CDs in FLAC and downconvert from there. No point to using uncompressed audio for storage.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 10:33:54 PM , Rating: 3
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Cowon's stuff though sounds great. No one seems to get the EQ right but them. Apple? Start using the EQ and it goes to crap.


But an active EQ can be very battery intensive. I personally feel that an EQ doesn't have much use except to compensate for poor quality players, headphones, and environments. Messing with frequencies doesn't allow you to listen to music the way the artist intended.


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By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 10:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
Cowon's players sound great as is, plus they put in very powerful amps. Their D2 can go for two days playing music with BBE and the EQ on. Their EQ enhancements are no gimmicks. I know because I have one.

Today it seems the RIAA sets the sound level until the stupid song is 100% compressed. Regardless, the artist can't compensate for as you said, your particular headphones/speakers/etc, so I would simply eq it to your tastes.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 11:18:45 PM , Rating: 2
I don't doubt they make good stuff. Too bad they fly so low under the radar ! Most ppl probably don't know they exist. Sort of like iRiver, but they have fallen off lately in my opinion. 8 and 16 gigs just isn't cutting it anymore iRiver, get a clue please !

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Today it seems the RIAA sets the sound level until the stupid song is 100% compressed.


Can you elaborate on this please, compressed ?


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By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 11:50:46 PM , Rating: 2
Compression is when you make quiet sounds sound louder and louder sounds sound quieter, so as to compress all the sound into one level. They then take it and raise the overall volume, and you get this (for example):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Magnetic#Critic...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRyIACDCc1I&feature...

More about it here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/sep/17/metall...

Alice In Chains new album suffered a similar fate.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/30/2010 2:28:18 AM , Rating: 2
Ah. Well I wish they would use a different term than the already associated "compressed". Because what they are talking about is normalization.


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By sprockkets on 3/30/2010 10:17:58 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, normalization is another term, but I think compression is normalization + gain. Compressors do just that in the audio field.


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By HeavyB on 3/30/2010 8:34:49 AM , Rating: 2
False. You might not be able to tell the difference on your POS $100 5.1 theater in a box set-up from Best Buy, but if you have a decent set-up and ear, the difference is easy to detect, even with 320k MP3s.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/30/2010 12:37:46 PM , Rating: 2
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False. You might not be able to tell the difference on your POS $100 5.1 theater in a box set-up from Best Buy, but if you have a decent set-up and ear, the difference is easy to detect, even with 320k MP3s.


Nope, sorry this has been disproved by double blind comparisons. People, even audio experts, could not tell the difference between a CD and a high quality MP3.

This reminds me of the study done by people swearing "Monster Cables" sounded better. So they compared a Monster Cable with an unfolded clothes hanger with RCA's soldered on each end. Guess which one most people, even "audiophiles" claimed sounded better ? Yup, the coat hanger.


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By spiffert on 3/30/2010 8:42:48 AM , Rating: 2
For the lossless advocates, if you can tell the difference between high bitrate compressed format and lossless, can you also indicate which is which?

http://www.trustedreviews.com/mp3/review/2009/11/1...

But that might be besides the point. Many people like to pay extra for things they will never benefit from, just to say that they have it....


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