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A link for the 64GB Zune HD had popped up on Microsoft's website
Microsoft will soon launch a 64GB Zune HD

When Microsoft first announced the Zune HD, one of the things that left many of us scratching our heads was the fact that the portable media device wouldn't launch with a 64GB option. At the time, it was well hypothesized that the third generation iPod touch would ship with such an option -- it did -- leaving Microsoft without an effective counterpunch.

Six months after the Zune HD launch, it now appears that Microsoft is finally getting around to adding a 64GB model to its Zune HD lineup. Engadget got word that a link to the 64GB model has been added to the official Zune website. However, the link is currently not active meaning that Microsoft probably isn't quite ready to make an official announcement.

Current MSRPs for the 16GB and 32GB Zune HDs are $219 and $289 respectively, although retailers like Amazon.com have them listed for a low $169 and $239 respectively. For comparison, Apple's 32GB and 64GB third generation iPod touch models feature MSRPs of $299 ($258) and $399 ($343).

Microsoft's Zune HD features an NVIDIA Tegra HD processor, 480x272 OLED display, 720p video output, and an HD radio receiver.



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By StevoLincolnite on 3/29/2010 8:18:48 AM , Rating: 3
And yet... 3 or 4 years later it's still not available in Australia... Not a good way to try and gain market share from the iPod if it's not available in most countries.




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By Hieyeck on 3/29/2010 8:41:01 AM , Rating: 5
Population Australia: 21.5 Million

Not exactly a big market. Foreign markets need alot of work to get into...

Canada has NAFTA and shares standards - essentially America Junior. Europe has the EU to make its disparate nations essentially just one nation (at least economically) of 731 million to deal with.

Australia is on the wrong hemisphere on the other side of the world with a VERY big puddle in between and relatively draconian laws. Not helping your case, unfortunately.


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By dark matter on 3/29/2010 9:34:18 AM , Rating: 5
Didn't stop Apple though, eh.


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By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 7:38:56 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone consider that HD radio is US only and there is no DAB version of the Zune? Hmmmmm???


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By StevoLincolnite on 3/29/2010 9:33:05 AM , Rating: 4
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Population Australia: 21.5 Million


And yet Microsoft does relatively well in such a market if Windows and the Xbox 360 is anything to go by, our economy is strong (We didn't go into recession for starters), we get a good average wage and our population is booming. (Estimated to be about 40-50 million by 2056)

That and products that are sold in Australia are also sold in New Zealand so that's an additional 4-5 million people on top.

Microsoft is a for-profit company, any market, if they can make a sale they should chase it, if they sell half a million units that's still added revenue in the pot.

Then you have scale of economics, if Microsoft sells a product in say 10 countries with populations of around say... 20 million that's still 200 million people that the product is trying to be sold to, still wanna' skip all those countries with relatively small populations? Add them all up, and they exceed even the largest of counties.


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By ksherman on 3/29/2010 9:54:42 AM , Rating: 2
Except the fatal flaw in your proposition is that not all of those people will purchase the product, especially with the competition coming from Apple. Marketing campaigns are very expensive, Microsoft isn't going to launch 10 marketing campaigns just for the privilege for selling to 200 million people.

They have to be able to sell a significant quantity of units to make a profit. Not to mention needing to hire lawyers to write EULA and licensing agreements as it relates to Music, Video, WiFi, their App Store, etc. Not to mention the staff at MS itself they need to oversee operations in 10 more countries... It all adds up to a huge expense and a huge headache to maybe sell a few million devices.

Just sayin', its not just a simple easy process, or they would be for sale everywhere from day one.

And anyway, there's the internet. If you really wanted one, there are plenty of options. So don't make it sound like your sitting on the edge of your seat just waiting for the Zune HD to show up at your local electronics store.


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By StevoLincolnite on 3/29/2010 10:31:16 AM , Rating: 2
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Except the fatal flaw in your proposition is that not all of those people will purchase the product, especially with the competition coming from Apple.


And what, everyone in America is going to buy it? Lol, please.

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Marketing campaigns are very expensive, Microsoft isn't going to launch 10 marketing campaigns just for the privilege for selling to 200 million people.


No they don't, just place some posters up where the product is being sold very much like the Xbox 360, and let people do the rest, I don't think I can ever remember seeing an Xbox or Windows advertisement here, either on TV or Radio.
And yet the Xbox has sold over 1 million units, whilst the Wii is sitting around the 1.8 million mark, so they both are doing well in there own right.

Plus I think you are under-estimating Microsoft's pure brand name power, it's a house hold name almost world wide.

However, none of this matters, the Zune is coming to Australia, just been a long time coming, so they obviously see a market here and elsewhere.

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Just sayin', its not just a simple easy process, or they would be for sale everywhere from day one.


Or a more logical explanation is that instead of spending BILLIONS of dollars launching a new product world wide, they would start by making the Zune a USA only product then slowly expand it's presence depending on Market reaction? Makes more sense and explains the slight product release delay for Canada, Europe and Japan.

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And anyway, there's the internet. If you really wanted one, there are plenty of options. So don't make it sound like your sitting on the edge of your seat just waiting for the Zune HD to show up at your local electronics store.


Except, half the "Features" wouldn't function here, and I really shouldn't have to import anything to get a product like that.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/10, Rating: 0
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By StevoLincolnite on 3/29/2010 11:14:24 AM , Rating: 2
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Why are you blaming Microsoft for this ?


Because they have been slow to release a product world wide?

As a consumer, I have every right to complain. :)

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You of all people should be well aware of Australia's anti-capitalist anti-trade policies.


Oh please, Australia is one of the most Laissez-faire capitalistic countries in the world. (Means Industry's are relatively free from state intervention).

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There are SEVERAL products that the rest of the world take for granted that still aren't available in Australia, and when they are, cost significantly more in Australia.


And we have several products locally here that are not available else-where or aren't as prevalent, like Vegemite and the Holden Commodore, and Aussie rules footy'.

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This whole thread is retarded. Please do some research on your own country.


I live here, and I am well aware of our Democratic/Social/Capitalistic nature.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/10, Rating: 0
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By StevoLincolnite on 3/29/2010 12:03:31 PM , Rating: 2
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I know in self-centered fantasy land, where you apparently live, real world considerations don't get a second thought. But maybe, just MAYBE, there is a limit to just how fast a new product can be produced in bulk for the entire planet?


I'm sorry, there is a BIG difference between a few weeks/months that most products are launched, to SEVERAL YEARS, I could have had a child and got it to walk and talk in the time Microsoft decided to launch the Zune here, that in itself is pathetic, so they indeed had PLENTY of time, or are you to incompetent to realize this?

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Yeah until someone tries bringing something INTO Australia. Research your own country.


We have free trade agreements, bringing something into Australia isn't as much of a drama as you think it is.

quote:
Ok, instead of conceding I made a point, you deflect it with this meaningless response. Has NOTHING to do with the topic.


There was a point to it all, seems it went in one ear and out the other, so I'll place it in black and white so you can understand.

My Point was: Some things aren't available in Australia, yes, but also some things that are available here aren't available in the US. - See? Wasn't that simple? Or do I need to simplify it more so?


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 12:09:15 PM , Rating: 2
Ok Steve. You're a child throwing a fit because you aren't having your way. That's what your OP and this whole thread boils down to. This:

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As a consumer, I have every right to complain. :)


Yes, we get that. But what you don't get or care about, is that there are more considerations going on in business than your needs and wants. Sorry, that's life.

But you don't want to hear it. You just want to keep throwing a tantrum because the Zune isn't in Australia. We get it.

p.s what's stopping you from E-baying or Amazon'ing one online by the way ? OH that's right ! Australia, a titan of capitalism and trade according to you, doesn't have Amazon.com !


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By StevoLincolnite on 3/29/2010 12:30:58 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Ok Steve. You're a child throwing a fit because you aren't having your way. That's what your OP and this whole thread boils down to. This:


Oh please, if you are going to attempt to insult someone try and do it in a more original matter.

quote:
Yes, we get that. But what you don't get or care about, is that there are more considerations going on in business than your needs and wants. Sorry, that's life.


I'm sorry, but how is this my concern? All I want is the Zune, and I wanted it here years ago, not years later (And still waiting).

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p.s what's stopping you from E-baying or Amazon'ing one online by the way ? OH that's right ! Australia, a titan of capitalism and trade according to you, doesn't have Amazon.com !


I never utilized the word "Titan" in any of my posts here, now you are merely placing words in my mouth.

We have free-trade agreements, you can see for yourself here: http://www.dfat.gov.au/trade/ftas.html

Our Economy and market structure which shows it's capitalistic nature: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Australia

And lastly, you still don't understand the differences between a world-wide company like Microsoft to a company that deals in only a single country like Newegg or Amazon, which is what I have attempted to point out in my last 2 posts.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/10, Rating: 0
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By StevoLincolnite on 3/29/2010 3:26:57 PM , Rating: 2
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Whaa. WHAAAAA !!! *hands Steve tissues*


Let me know when you want them back so you can wipe away the tears when you finish crying.


RE: .
By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 5:32:54 PM , Rating: 2
Anyway jokes aside, aren't you too busy wrestling crocodiles and stuff to be worried about an MP3 player ?


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By StevoLincolnite on 3/29/2010 9:53:31 PM , Rating: 2
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Anyway jokes aside, aren't you too busy wrestling crocodiles and stuff to be worried about an MP3 player ?


I thought you were putting jokes aside?

1) If I wish to wrestle a croc, I could at least do it while listening to Kung Foo Fighting.

2) There are no Crocs in South Australia to my knowledge which is where I am located.

3) Hmmm... Croc stew. :P


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 10:39:17 PM , Rating: 2
lol sorry I couldn't resist. Come on buddy, can't be put differences about MP3 players aside and come together for some good old fashioned stereotype humor ?


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By eddieroolz on 3/29/2010 1:24:27 PM , Rating: 2
Australia, Canada, we're both in the same spot...I mean come on Microsoft. It's as easy as slapping French instructions on the box and brining it over the 49th for us! You don't even need to tack on French for Australia too.


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By eddieroolz on 3/29/2010 1:26:32 PM , Rating: 1
Let me add that I would seriously consider buying the Zune HD 64 since I cracked the screen of my Cowon S9 pretty bad. But one fatal flaw: lack of FLAC support. That's a dealbreaker for me.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 5:36:09 PM , Rating: 3
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But one fatal flaw: lack of FLAC support. That's a dealbreaker for me.


There is no audible difference between a FLAC file and a high bitrate MP3. The Zune software can convert FLAC to an MP3 of the bitrate of your choosing on the fly, so I'm not following you on this.


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By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 7:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
Don't tell that to THEM, especially Cowon owners.

But since when did any piece of Microsoft software support open source material, ie FLAC or vorbis?


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 7:45:13 PM , Rating: 2
Well there are lots of audiphole phonies running around claiming MP3 is "lossy" and it doesn't sound as good. That's only true if you are dealing with a very low bitrate file.

Flac is nice and all, but it's nothing special. And not as higher quality as people claim.


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By nilepez on 3/29/2010 8:08:33 PM , Rating: 3
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Well there are lots of audiphole phonies running around claiming MP3 is "lossy" and it doesn't sound as good. That's only true if you are dealing with a very low bitrate file.


It's not a claim. MP3 is a lossy format .
Whether you or I can hear the difference between them is irrelevant. Some people can. There was a time that I could, but my ears are not as good as they were a few years ago.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 8:54:15 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it's very relevant. It's the crux of the entire issue. The "loss" in high bitrate MP3's are sounds completely 100% inaudible to the human ear. That's a fact.

Because here is the deal, FLAC files are huge. A FLAC file is only about 20% smaller than the .WAV file it was converted from. So one must ask the question, if you demand compromised audio quality, why not just use .WAV files ?


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By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 9:55:36 PM , Rating: 2
Because FLAC is usually 45-60% smaller than a wav file, not "20%".


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By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 9:38:06 PM , Rating: 2
If I had to chose a lossless format, it would be FLAC. I find that Vorbis -q5 sounds good enough for tough material and -q3 for material where quality is not so important.

Cowon's stuff though sounds great. No one seems to get the EQ right but them. Apple? Start using the EQ and it goes to crap.

I store all my CDs in FLAC and downconvert from there. No point to using uncompressed audio for storage.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 10:33:54 PM , Rating: 3
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Cowon's stuff though sounds great. No one seems to get the EQ right but them. Apple? Start using the EQ and it goes to crap.


But an active EQ can be very battery intensive. I personally feel that an EQ doesn't have much use except to compensate for poor quality players, headphones, and environments. Messing with frequencies doesn't allow you to listen to music the way the artist intended.


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By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 10:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
Cowon's players sound great as is, plus they put in very powerful amps. Their D2 can go for two days playing music with BBE and the EQ on. Their EQ enhancements are no gimmicks. I know because I have one.

Today it seems the RIAA sets the sound level until the stupid song is 100% compressed. Regardless, the artist can't compensate for as you said, your particular headphones/speakers/etc, so I would simply eq it to your tastes.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 11:18:45 PM , Rating: 2
I don't doubt they make good stuff. Too bad they fly so low under the radar ! Most ppl probably don't know they exist. Sort of like iRiver, but they have fallen off lately in my opinion. 8 and 16 gigs just isn't cutting it anymore iRiver, get a clue please !

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Today it seems the RIAA sets the sound level until the stupid song is 100% compressed.


Can you elaborate on this please, compressed ?


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By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 11:50:46 PM , Rating: 2
Compression is when you make quiet sounds sound louder and louder sounds sound quieter, so as to compress all the sound into one level. They then take it and raise the overall volume, and you get this (for example):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Magnetic#Critic...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRyIACDCc1I&feature...

More about it here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/sep/17/metall...

Alice In Chains new album suffered a similar fate.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/30/2010 2:28:18 AM , Rating: 2
Ah. Well I wish they would use a different term than the already associated "compressed". Because what they are talking about is normalization.


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By sprockkets on 3/30/2010 10:17:58 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, normalization is another term, but I think compression is normalization + gain. Compressors do just that in the audio field.


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By HeavyB on 3/30/2010 8:34:49 AM , Rating: 2
False. You might not be able to tell the difference on your POS $100 5.1 theater in a box set-up from Best Buy, but if you have a decent set-up and ear, the difference is easy to detect, even with 320k MP3s.


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By Reclaimer77 on 3/30/2010 12:37:46 PM , Rating: 2
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False. You might not be able to tell the difference on your POS $100 5.1 theater in a box set-up from Best Buy, but if you have a decent set-up and ear, the difference is easy to detect, even with 320k MP3s.


Nope, sorry this has been disproved by double blind comparisons. People, even audio experts, could not tell the difference between a CD and a high quality MP3.

This reminds me of the study done by people swearing "Monster Cables" sounded better. So they compared a Monster Cable with an unfolded clothes hanger with RCA's soldered on each end. Guess which one most people, even "audiophiles" claimed sounded better ? Yup, the coat hanger.


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By spiffert on 3/30/2010 8:42:48 AM , Rating: 2
For the lossless advocates, if you can tell the difference between high bitrate compressed format and lossless, can you also indicate which is which?

http://www.trustedreviews.com/mp3/review/2009/11/1...

But that might be besides the point. Many people like to pay extra for things they will never benefit from, just to say that they have it....


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By chmilz on 3/29/2010 11:43:48 AM , Rating: 2
Canada doesn't have the ZuneHD, MS gave our market the finger with the HD. Microsoft launched a great product and then mega-failed to sell it to the other 6.5B people that have access to the iPod.


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By StevoLincolnite on 3/29/2010 12:04:41 PM , Rating: 2
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Canada doesn't have the ZuneHD, MS gave our market the finger with the HD. Microsoft launched a great product and then mega-failed to sell it to the other 6.5B people that have access to the iPod.


I'm aware of that, sucks pretty hard! Still you got the original Zune at least, which is more than we have had yet. :P
Still, things might change, you guys might eventually get the Zune HD yet.


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By CSMR on 3/29/2010 6:53:33 PM , Rating: 2
Why do they need work to get into? Just don't ban retailers from selling your product in the market. Then it will be sold. If meddling governments want to ban it, so be it, but why tie your own hands?


Why would you buy one at this point?
By RabidDog on 3/29/2010 8:31:29 AM , Rating: 4
The Zune HD family will not be compatible with the upcoming Zune HD2/Windows Phone 7 family of products. If you are happy with the features of the media player at this point and are not looking to expand, I guess this would be the reason. But I would suggest that anyone thinking of getting a Zune HD, simply wait for the HD2.




RE: Why would you buy one at this point?
By tdawg on 3/29/2010 11:03:49 AM , Rating: 3
Care to expound on this? I've personally seen nothing to say the development environment is going to change from the existing XNA architecture being used for development of Zune HD apps and Xbox Live games. What would change with that would break compatibility?

Plus, with all the development going into Windows Phone 7 Series OS, nobody has any idea where development stands on a second-generation HD or when that might find it's way to market.


RE: Why would you buy one at this point?
By RabidDog on 3/29/2010 11:25:41 AM , Rating: 4
Sure.
From the information that I have gathered, WP7/HD2 will use XNA 4.0 for development. The currernt Zune HD is only compatible with XNA 3.2x with no plans to upgrade this, probably due to the hardware changes in HD2.
The best source on this is Paul Thurrott over at Win Supersite. He as a series of articles on WP7.
http://www.winsupersite.com/mobile/


RE: Why would you buy one at this point?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 12:03:36 PM , Rating: 2
Based on your logic, nobody should buy ANY product because the next one will have more features, more power, etc etc.


RE: Why would you buy one at this point?
By RabidDog on 3/29/2010 1:01:28 PM , Rating: 2
My reference is only the Zune HD 64GB. With the new products right around the corner, you will be buying and end of life product for only 6 months of use. I would hope that a new product would last longer then 6 months before being obsolete.


RE: Why would you buy one at this point?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 1:11:09 PM , Rating: 2
Except your basis for an MP3 player being "obsolete" is that it might not be compatible with a smart phone that everyone isn't going to have anyway, or the new generation of media player.

As far as it's role, delivering media to the end user via a mobile platform, I don't see how it will be obsolete.


By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 7:28:47 PM , Rating: 2
If ppl are going to develop games/apps for a platform, will they do it for

A. The dead end ZuneHD (which btw has no major development going for it anyhow)

OR

B. The upcoming platform which includes smartphones which happens to be where the market is going (why have a phone + media player when one can do both?)

Now if you are going to buy the Zune simply for its media playback abilities, there are FAR better options on the market. If you like the whole Zune ecosystem/apps/games/store, then wait.

Microsoft is famous for backwards compatibility, yet they feel the need to do this. WHY?


By tdawg on 3/29/2010 4:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
So, I looked around a bit and beyond a blog comment that stated current WP7S apps won't be backwards compatible with the current Zune HD OS, is there anything stopping MS from upgrading the Zune HD OS? They've done it before, breathing life into the Zune 30s when the Zune 4/8/80 hit the streets.

I guess until MS says one way or another, officially, we're in a wait-and-see situation.


Nice, but still lacking.
By RjBass on 3/29/2010 9:22:47 AM , Rating: 2
The Microsoft HD Zune series is really nice, but it is still lacking in one area, a small, light, extremely portable version that is much lower in cost. We have a couple of the 1st generation Zunes, a 4gb and an 8gb that my wife and I use for running. We purchased each one for less then $100 but at the same time we knew we were getting a quality product. We opted for the Zune because we also have several Windows's based PC's in the house and an XBox 360 which allows us to link them all together to share music, pictures etc.... While Apples iPod is an obvious good choice, the Zune just blended into our home network better. Now what we would like to see is maybe a 10gb or 15gb HD model in the sub $150 price range so that we can upgrade our 1st generation Zunes without breaking the bank. Of course we will be getting one of the larger more expensive Zunes for road trips and such, but a smaller, low cost HD Zune will really fill a void that we need.




RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By tdawg on 3/29/2010 10:59:02 AM , Rating: 2
How much lighter or more portable can the Zune HD get? In my opinion, the thing is feather light, very slim and very portable. A smaller screen for a touch-driven OS would probably end up being a pain if put in a nano-sized device. the 3.2" screen of the HD seems just right at the moment; I couldn't imagine navigating the Zune HD OS on a <2" screen.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By RjBass on 3/29/2010 12:36:13 PM , Rating: 2
Well in comparison to the original Zune 4gb model, it's pretty big. We like to just strap our current models to our arms and start running. The HD Zune looks a little to big to be doing that. I could be wrong as I have not handled one up close and personal yet, but from what I have seen, they don't really seem to fill that void yet.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 12:46:58 PM , Rating: 1
The whole point of the Zune is the big screen, wireless utility, and it's full feature set. You claim the Zune is "still lacking" because they don't offer a shitty stripped down iPod shuffle type product. Excuse me ?

The HD is smaller, lighter, and thinner than my Zune 80 btw. Which you can take from me after prying it from my cold dead fingers.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By RjBass on 3/31/2010 11:07:46 AM , Rating: 2
I guess I am just looking for Microsoft to be able to compete against Apple on all fronts of the MP3 player market so that in the future I won't have to purchase an iPod Shuffle simply because Microsoft doesn't make anything like it.

I like competition, and good competition between Microsoft and Apple is a good thing.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By tdawg on 3/29/2010 4:27:45 PM , Rating: 2
In that case, I highly recommend going in and handling one; it's eye-opening. At least it was for me. I too was under the impression that it was Touch-esque in terms of size, but it feels much more compact. While I think it looks silly when people have their iphones/touches strapped to their arms, the Zune HD shouldn't cause much issue if you wanted to do that.

Also, the Zune 4gb and 8gb are still relevant products that basically exist to compete with the nano.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By bodar on 3/29/2010 5:29:42 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Well in comparison to the original Zune 4gb model, it's pretty big.


Not according to specs I've seen of the Zune 4GB. The HD is smaller:

HD = 4 x 2.1 x 0.35 inches
4GB = 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches

The HD also weighs half as much at 2.6 oz vs 5.6 oz

I love my HD 32GB.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By tdawg on 3/29/2010 7:04:55 PM , Rating: 2
You sure that's not for the Zune 30 or Zune 80? According to the tech specs on www.zune.net:

Zune 4:
Size: 41.4 mm x 91.5 mm x 8.5 mm (w x h x d)
Weight: 1.7 ounces (47 grams)

Zune HD 32:
Size: 52.7 mm x 102.1 mm x 8.9 mm (w x h x d)
Weight: 2.6 ounces (74 grams)

For comparison, Zune 80:
Size: 61.1 mm x 108.2 mm x 12.9 mm (w x h x d)
Weight: 4.5 ounces (128 grams)


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By bodar on 3/29/2010 7:15:11 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, you're correct. I was using the specs from Overstock.com and didn't bother to check Zune.net since the 4GB is discontinued -- I just googled "zune 4GB weight". I knew the weight didn't seem right and it makes sense for the 120GB.

I still think the Zune HD could easily be strapped to the arm using something like the DLO Action Jacket. I use the Speck Pixelskin case for mine and carry in side pants pocket or backpack.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By tdawg on 3/29/2010 7:19:47 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, the Zune HD is light enough that you probably wouldn't even notice it being strapped to your arm.


RE: Nice, but still lacking.
By RjBass on 3/31/2010 11:09:23 AM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing your right, we will just have to pick one up and try it out first.


Good news
By thekdub on 3/29/2010 8:22:39 AM , Rating: 3
This is something I've been looking forward to for a while now. But as impressive as the HD is, until MS opens app development to third parties I can't see myself retiring my iPod Touch to get a 64GB Zune. Man cannot live by Facebook alone.




So far it is American only
By KorruptioN on 3/29/2010 8:19:53 AM , Rating: 2
I really hope they start officially selling these in Canada.




Yay!
By Sazabi19 on 3/29/2010 3:17:31 PM , Rating: 2
Awesome, finally a 64gig model, have been waiting for this for a while now. I have the Zune HD Platinum (32Gig) and it is prett much full (even deleted all my porn from it :( ), i could see me giving this to my brother or mom so they can use it to listen to music and i can get my 64gig. That should future-proof it for a while. The HD series is very responsive and i have had very few problems with it... actually none, 1 problem with the software but i guess thats what i guess for using the newest OS and expecting no bugs. No problems now though and the Zune is fantastic, as was my 1st gen 30gig (still truckin). The only down-side to the Zune HD is that i cant seem to use it with my Altec Lansing Zune dock:(




What about the iZune.
By dark matter on 3/29/2010 9:27:15 AM , Rating: 1
Or should that be iZoom! You know, put a bigger screen on it and call it a world changing event.




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