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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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By kmmatney on 4/9/2010 4:03:41 PM , Rating: 0
See the post above about how many Apps there are for the Zune - 5 Apps and 12 Games. I would call that a big time loss for the Zune versus the iPod touch. Also, see this review:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2352882,00.as...

I really don't see why anyone would buy this over the iPod touch (unless you really hate Apple). The Touch has way more overall value, on any objective comparison.


By nafhan on 4/9/2010 4:28:37 PM , Rating: 2
It just depends what you are using it for. If you're using your MP3 player primarily for (gasp) listening to music plus occasional basic web browsing and watching movies, the app store doesn't matter, and the Zune arguably delivers a better music experience (subscription plan and built in HD radio).


By kmmatney on 4/10/2010 12:29:00 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, you can live without the Apps, but they can be very useful. I went on a trip to Taiwan, and downloaded a free App to help translate between Chinese and English. A few times I was able to type something in English, and then show the Chinese translation on the screen, and the person know exactly what I was asking about - a real lifesaver, especially when trying to talk to Taxi drivers. This is just one example of where an App was extremely useful. Its also nice to startup the Comcast email App and wipe out all my junk mail. You can live without the Apps, but they are a great feature, and one major reason to buy an iTouch over the Zune.


By bodar on 4/10/2010 8:17:33 AM , Rating: 2
I agree that, if you place high value on apps and don't already have an internet-capable phone, Zune HD is not the way to go at least until the "HD2" comes out with all the Win Phone 7 apps it should support. It just depends on your priories. Mine were for the better audio/video experience and I think I have the right device.


By Noliving on 4/10/2010 4:08:06 PM , Rating: 3
Oh I agree but the point still stands, if you use it primarily for listening to music, watch videos and look at pictures the Zune HD is clearly the better choice, especially with that OLED screen!


By Reclaimer77 on 4/11/2010 7:25:34 PM , Rating: 2
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Yes, you can live without the Apps, but they can be very useful.


Yeah because when I fire up my Zune to listen to music, podcasts, or watch videos the first thing that comes to mind is "damn, I wish I could shake babies on my Zune" or one of a thousand stupid wastes of CPU cycles that you drooling Mac idiots call "aps".


By smackababy on 4/9/2010 4:31:57 PM , Rating: 3
I love my Zune HD and on my "objective comparison" it offers way more value than the iPod touch. I do nore care about apps, there for that has no value eithe way for me. The exclusive of iTunes is a huge value for me, as that program is terrible. The soudn quality of the Zune is higher than the iPod, and the price is lower.


By bodar on 4/9/2010 4:34:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, app/game selection are a shortfall, but the Zune audio sounded much better to me using the same headphones. Is there an iPod dock for 720p out to TV when traveling? Nope.

I use my 32GB for audio/video/podcasts and the occasional web/Facebook app and I love it. The UI is excellent, the screen is great, and performance with the Tegra is quite snappy. I wanted a music/video player, not a portable game/internet device with so-so audio (IMO) and lower-res screen. I bought the device best suited to my needs. I'm getting a smartphone this summer anyway.


By Reclaimer77 on 4/11/2010 7:32:52 PM , Rating: 2
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http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2352882,00.as... I really don't see why anyone would buy this over the iPod touch (unless you really hate Apple). The Touch has way more overall value, on any objective comparison.


Wow real in depth comparison you posted there. A HALF PAGE article with barely any head to head comparisons. It's a goddamn opinion piece, not an "objective comparison".

Yeah I love how they completely ignore the fact that you can't use either device without the proprietary software suite. And sorry Apple, but the Zune software stomps iTunes into a bloody pulp.

iTunes, at least the Windows version, is one of the worse excuses of software I have ever seen. I can't believe millions of morons slave a decent media player to such a piece of shit front end program. It's an abomination. And in typical Apple fashion, the PC version runs about three times slower than the Apple version on better hardware. For no reason !

In fact, forget the device. The iPod loses hands down simply because of iTunes alone. And please, I have extensive experience with both, don't waste your time arguing with me about it.


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