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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: Pass
By cubdukat on 4/1/2010 3:05:02 PM , Rating: 2
I never even considered Creative as a viable option, and I actually owned two Zen's--a 40GB Xtra and a Zen Vision:M which got stolen the first week I had it.

I'll have to look at what they have now. Now that DRM's an exception to the rule, I don't necessarily feel any loyalty towards either MS or Apple. I've gone through no less than three new iPod classics and two refurbs. There is no reason why anything costing almost 300 bucks should be so fragile. I'll still buy music from iTunes, but I have no reason to be tethered to them anymore.

Besides, I'm pretty sure their players are Linux-friendly out of the box, and that's important seeing as I run a Linux system on the same computer.

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