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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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Marketing BS
By CyborgTMT on 4/1/2010 4:21:28 AM , Rating: 2
I'm kind of getting tired of companies plastering their new buzz word HD on everything. Taken from the Zune web site's fine print:
Supported 720p HD video files play on the player, downscaled to fit the screen at 480 x 272 – not HD resolution.

RE: Marketing BS
By zxern on 4/1/2010 11:00:26 PM , Rating: 5
It will output 720p video to an external display if you use the dock. So the HD is in fact appropriate here.

RE: Marketing BS
By Mitch101 on 4/9/2010 2:19:21 PM , Rating: 2
Dont forget the HD Radio Tuner built into the Zune HD.

RE: Marketing BS
By ClownPuncher on 4/9/2010 2:57:19 PM , Rating: 2
The HD radio on my Zune HD 32gb is stellar, though I will probably end up selling it or passing it down and getting this 64gb model.

RE: Marketing BS
By MadMan007 on 4/9/2010 3:07:20 PM , Rating: 1
Too bad the 'HD' in HD radio is a marketing scam and doe sNOT mean High Definition. HD Radio = Hybrid Digital. This isn't MS's fault at all but it's still a crock.

RE: Marketing BS
By callmeroy on 4/9/2010 3:42:36 PM , Rating: 2
Who here is saying or has said HD Radio means "High Definition"?

Hybrid Digital radio STILL has better sound quality than standard radio. The Zune HD still can ouput video in 720p HD.

So where is the wrong in Zune HD carrying the "HD" moniker?

RE: Marketing BS
By scrapsma54 on 4/9/2010 3:52:33 PM , Rating: 2
The Oled screen also puts out a nice and nifty contrast ratio that pales other devices in comparison. The video quality is still great for a very small package. The Tegra processor is what makes it all happen, and the 3d rendering is slick too. I too am going to sell my 16Gb and get the 64GB, probably the last zune I will ever need, unless I wait for windows 7 phones.

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