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64GB Zune HD gets a launch date

Earlier this week, DailyTech reported that the 64GB Zune HD made an early appearance on the official Zune website. Although the link to the actual product was inactive, Microsoft’s intentions were clearly made.

Today, Microsoft has officially confirmed the existence and upcoming release of the 64GB Zune HD. According to Microsoft, the new player will launch on April 12 at a price of $349.99. For comparison, Apple’s 64GB iPod touch rings up at $399.

In addition to the pricing and availability information for the 64GB Zune HD, Microsoft also announced that the existing 16GB and 32GB models will each receive a $20 price reduction.

Updated 4/9/2010

Microsoft just let us know that the 64GB Zune HD is now available to order in Platinum, Black, Blue, Red, Green, Purple and Magenta.

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RE: Demand outlook not so good
By ebakke on 3/31/2010 1:19:40 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, did he think it was $50 more than the comparable iPod?

RE: Demand outlook not so good
By Lord 666 on 3/31/10, Rating: 0
RE: Demand outlook not so good
By inighthawki on 3/31/2010 2:19:32 PM , Rating: 4
Because some of us don't have bundles of cash lying around the house? Believe it or not $50 is a lot of money for some people like myself, and the difference between $350 and $300 can be more than enough to justify the purchase.

Also there's no evidence to support the idea that zunes will be discontinued anytime soon. Personally I think now in particular may be a bad time to invest with winmo 7 coming and the rumored zune hd2, but Microsoft, from what I've heard, has no plans on dropping the zune product line anytime soon. Especially with how far they've come.

RE: Demand outlook not so good
By lufoxe on 3/31/2010 3:29:55 PM , Rating: 2
$50 makes a difference for me, which means one more game, or crazy thought, food and rent.

"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get" ~ Warren Buffett.

<sarcasm> Because yes, when I think value, I think apple </sarcasm>

Warren Buffett could not be more true, so please explain to me how it's not a value. I bought my 30GB zune about 4 years ago, and I get features like wireless synching, radio tagging, and song purchasing through the device. The third can be done only on the iPod touch, not on a 4 year old iPod.

RE: Demand outlook not so good
By Phynaz on 3/31/2010 3:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
If $50 is the difference between eating or not then you need to re-examine your priorities, because you shouldn't be buying $300 gadgets.

RE: Demand outlook not so good
By inighthawki on 3/31/2010 3:59:08 PM , Rating: 2
Even the poorest of people like to occasionally scrape up money that would normally be used for food or rent to buy a luxury here and there. Perhaps he was exaggerating just a bit, but in all seriousness, imagine a college student. Food for a week could be budgeted under $50 if they are a light eater and rent on campus can be cheap as well. Being a full time student, you may only have a part time job paying a very minimal amount of money. After tuition expenses and the above food and rent, you could easily be left with almost no money at all. At that point you might be willing to eat a little less each week to slowly save for something new like an xbox or PS3.

RE: Demand outlook not so good
By Lord 666 on 3/31/2010 4:18:40 PM , Rating: 2

Thank you for proving my point. You did not wait until Zune was a lower price. Yet, you found value from the early adoption and have had four years of enjoyment. That equals $75 per year. So when I read that someone wants to wait for gadget x to be $50 cheaper in 6 months or so, what really is that difference in price over the life expectancy of any electronic device? A very minor difference in reality.

RE: Demand outlook not so good
By inighthawki on 3/31/2010 6:55:35 PM , Rating: 2
By waiting six months to save $50, you can also argue that that $50 can be used to buy yet ANOTHER gadget to provide enjoyment while he waits, getting, shall we say, a 2 for 1 deal.

RE: Demand outlook not so good
By lufoxe on 4/2/2010 7:54:15 AM , Rating: 2
Thank you for proving my point. You did not wait until Zune was a lower price. Yet, you found value from the early adoption and have had four years of enjoyment.

Ah lord666, you miss the point by a mile again.
The point is not the value of getting it when it comes out, to point is the value of $50. If Gadget A starts at 399.99 and Gadget B starts at 349.99 and according to your scenario drops $50, you still save $50. With the Zune I still get more features that does not appear on any apple products, recieve a service I cannot receive with apple, and I can still use songs I bought FROM apple. I'm missing the lack of value.

P.S. - We all know in these forums that early adoption is the equivalent of shiney tax (it's shiney I want it, get charged more).

RE: Demand outlook not so good
By Fritzr on 4/9/2010 9:18:10 PM , Rating: 2
$400 for iPod
$350 for Zune AND $50 purchase from iTunes

Add the extra Zune features & the unknown is the better buy for your $400 :)

RE: Demand outlook not so good
By callmeroy on 4/9/2010 3:45:30 PM , Rating: 2
Because even those of us that are "into" technology and gadgets --- some of us still want to get the best deal we can for our money? What is so friggin hard to understand about the concept of wanting to pay less for something?

RE: Demand outlook not so good
By porkpie on 3/31/2010 2:23:55 PM , Rating: 2
"Yeah, did he think it was $50 more than the comparable iPod?"

If you're "competing on price", you're offering a lower price than the competing product, not a higher one. So I rather think the OP had that part right at least.

Beyond that, I think he merely meant to suggest that the Zune was a failure, despite being sold at a lower price point.

RE: Demand outlook not so good
By lightfoot on 3/31/2010 2:45:41 PM , Rating: 3
The Zune is the only viable alternative to the iPod Touch.

The biggest problem with the Zune has nothing to do with the Zune its self. The actual device is on par, if not superior to, anything that Apple sells. The problem is that every conceivable peripheral on the planet is designed to interface with the iPod using Apple's proprietary interface.

The anti-competitive practices that Apple uses to sell its MP3 players will eventually become its undoing - a victim of its own success.

Microsoft's biggest mistake was dropping the rest of the Zune line in favor of the touch based HD - now they have no entry level devices.

RE: Demand outlook not so good
By Smartless on 3/31/2010 2:58:57 PM , Rating: 2
I can't believe I'm going to side with Apple on this one but I really doubt anti-competitive practices, if ANY, will lead to an undoing. In the portable market, Apple and Microsoft's roles are reversed. Why make a peripheral for anyone else if 90% of the market uses ipods. You know the closest competitor is Sandisk who's lines are more or less cheap knockoffs of ipods. The only thing that could possibly shake off Apple's grip on players will most likely be the mobile phone market. I'll stop short of agreeing with reader1 in that closed systems will rule the earth but realistically, unless closed markets like iTunes lose their appeal, everything Apple does will be golden. Gosh I think I'm going to puke after writing that.

RE: Demand outlook not so good
By gralex on 3/31/2010 10:13:48 PM , Rating: 2
Damn... you almost had it there, and blew it. Please don't take it personally Smartless, cause I think all ayall are crazy!:-) I thought mobiles replaced mp3 players years ago. I also thought the only people buying iPods were Uncles & Grandparents (as gifts).

And didn't Nokia pretty much bury the standalone GPS a couple weeks ago (at least in Europe, but I'm pretty sure Google will be doing the same in the States)? The only thing I thought mobiles weren't gonna replace was digital cameras (because of the tiny CCD's & toy-lenses), and I bet i got THAT wrong since I'm fairly sure they ain't selling like they used to. But even if dc's are still selling like hot-cakes, i'm seriously: you guys still have media players? $300 ones? I must be very stingy AND lazy...

RE: Demand outlook not so good
By MadMan007 on 3/31/2010 11:45:39 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe it's different where you are but mp3 players don't come subsidized by contracts that add up to thousands by the time they're completed.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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