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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 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.


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