Zune HD Coming this Fall

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Did you see the news? Yesterday, Microsoft announced that there will be a new Zune released later this year: the Zune HD. Besides the “HD” component, which will deliver HD Radio and HD video, the new Zune will also feature an OLED screen with multitouch capabilities.

If you’re unfamiliar with HD Radio, it’s basically terrestrial radio but broadcast in digital instead of analog. A lot of traditional radio stations broadcast simultaneously in HD Radio along with their analog signals. You can see which ones do so in your area at hdradio.com.

The other major HD feature in the new Zune is support for playing back HD video from the Zune to an HDTV. The Zune will connect through an HDMI docking station to hook up to your TV.

Speaking of the big screen, Zune content will also be available on your TV through another platform: the Xbox Live Marketplace. The new Zune-branded service will soon occupy the first slot in the Xbox user interface, taking over the existing video marketplace. However, details on how this integration will work won’t be revealed until the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) next week.

The Zune HD’s OLED screen will be great for watching video with its 16:9 widescreen display (480x272 resolution), especially since OLED delivers richer colors and blacker blacks than an LCD screen.  Even better, the screen will offer multitouch capabilities which can also be used in the new full-screen web browser.

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    JeffreyByron

    Awesome.

    Can’t wait for E3,

    Microsoft is about to wow us all,

    and I already have a Zune HD on my wish list. 

    Smiley

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    JeffreyByron

    Awesome.

    Can’t wait for E3,

    Microsoft is about to wow us all,

    and I already have a Zune HD on my wish list. 

    Smiley

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    Maurice

    Honestly, I'm quite disappointed.  Visually I love the design, but technically it's a me2 device.
    They really need to think outside the box if they want to make any traction against the competition.
    I wonder how much of this device is what the designers really wanted versus the management.

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    Maurice

    Honestly, I'm quite disappointed.  Visually I love the design, but technically it's a me2 device.
    They really need to think outside the box if they want to make any traction against the competition.
    I wonder how much of this device is what the designers really wanted versus the management.

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    wetworker

    I love the design, this will be my third zune. i want a brown one like my zune 30 in 2006.

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    wetworker

    I love the design, this will be my third zune. i want a brown one like my zune 30 in 2006.

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    nic
    @spydaweb What features/elements would you have liked to have seen that haven't been announced... except for... you know... a phone....?
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    JeffreyByron

    No offence "Spydaweb" but I would love to have a device like this with some really cool features that we don't fully know about yet, and it not having a cellphone in it, I couldn't stand having to pay monthy just to use the damn things, as well as holding it all the time, when ever I use a cell phone my hand starts to hurt from the radio wave radiation being emitted by it, even if its in my pocket I can feel if the phone is about to ring even before it rings cause the radio waves increase on the phone when it gets the signal, heck even when a signal is bouncing off of my cell it increases for a second.
    --
    I'm being sarcastic here>>
    Ya so lets just add oh 4 screens to it instead of just 1, oh and a 2cm keyboard held on by silly string, oh oh and and panel that opens up and a yoyo comes out. sorry but cmon man if ya think its really that bad then list what they should have in it, what do you want in it, tell us, maybe a Microsoft Zune HD designer is reading this, it is a Microsoft site.

    Oh snap and a built-in watergun YEAH!!! that would be awesome
    hahahah "I'm being sarcastic of course"
    --

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    JeffreyByron

    No offence "Spydaweb" but I would love to have a device like this with some really cool features that we don't fully know about yet, and it not having a cellphone in it, I couldn't stand having to pay monthy just to use the damn things, as well as holding it all the time, when ever I use a cell phone my hand starts to hurt from the radio wave radiation being emitted by it, even if its in my pocket I can feel if the phone is about to ring even before it rings cause the radio waves increase on the phone when it gets the signal, heck even when a signal is bouncing off of my cell it increases for a second.
    --
    I'm being sarcastic here>>
    Ya so lets just add oh 4 screens to it instead of just 1, oh and a 2cm keyboard held on by silly string, oh oh and and panel that opens up and a yoyo comes out. sorry but cmon man if ya think its really that bad then list what they should have in it, what do you want in it, tell us, maybe a Microsoft Zune HD designer is reading this, it is a Microsoft site.

    Oh snap and a built-in watergun YEAH!!! that would be awesome
    hahahah "I'm being sarcastic of course"
    --

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    Maurice

    Let me clarify my prior statements.  I normally don't like to write a book as my comments, but I guess I'll have to explain myself.

    My issue with MS begins with 2 things that I think they do wrong. 

    1) I think they make great software (Windows is a much better OS than OS X) and yet they don't put the marketing budget behind letting customers know about it.  Apple does a really good job of letting people know why their products are so great.

    2) They enter a new market, be it with the XBOX or in this case the ZUNE and they try to compete against the deeply entrenched competition by creating an almost indistinguishable product.  They have some differences sure.  XBOX had the dedicated broadband connection and ZUNE has the Social (aka sharing), but they don't put a whole lot of support or functionality behind those features.

    Now with the 360, Microsoft has managed to properly extend their LIVE services and take advantage of that Broadband connection they introduced in rev1 of the device. The thing that made them unique in the first place.  I honestly think they were lucky that time around, but we're not talking about the XBOX so, I'll get back on topic.

    The Zune (I don't feel) hasn't really pushed the idea of the Social.  Sure we'll hear about more stuff as we get closer to launch, but we should be hearing about those things now! Remember, that's what's unique about the Zune over the competition.  The ability to use your mp3 player as a social device, instead of the solitary hardware that it's commonly known as.  I'd love to see DLNA features implemented. 

    a) I'd love to play my music or video directly from my ZuneHD to my PS3 or 360, or DLNA television, or PC over Wifi.
    b) I hope multiplayer gaming will be announced as part of the Zune/360 integration.  Think about playing an IKARUGA style shooter on multiple ZuneHDs on a long flight overseas.

    The ideas are endless. I wasn't even really thinking outside the box btw.  These features should have been there already.

    Finally, my biggest gripe and this is with all the players, not just Microsoft's.  For a player that's supposed to be for video, the hardware specs sure don't echo that.  Why are we relegated to 32GB for a video player?  Did they make that big screen for music?  I don't think so.  We should not expect anything less than 80GB for a video player.  Ok, I'll settle for 64GB, but still.

    For those that say that it would be expensive to do 64GB of flash.  Why not a HDD?  People buy the IPOD Classic at 160GB and the Zune 120.  Both for less than the IPOD Touch (32GB version).  Unfortunately, those mp3 players have tiny screens and aren't worth watching much longer than a short film or tv show.  We really need to have a proper option for video playback.  I won't complain about the 480x272 resolution as 720p and higher really isn't something you'd notice on such a small screen.  We need higher storage that reflects the actual use of the device.

    Sorry, is this enough of a clarification for you?  My point is that the ZuneHD for all it's glossy looks.  It's a device that's not living up to its potential.

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    Maurice

    Let me clarify my prior statements.  I normally don't like to write a book as my comments, but I guess I'll have to explain myself.

    My issue with MS begins with 2 things that I think they do wrong. 

    1) I think they make great software (Windows is a much better OS than OS X) and yet they don't put the marketing budget behind letting customers know about it.  Apple does a really good job of letting people know why their products are so great.

    2) They enter a new market, be it with the XBOX or in this case the ZUNE and they try to compete against the deeply entrenched competition by creating an almost indistinguishable product.  They have some differences sure.  XBOX had the dedicated broadband connection and ZUNE has the Social (aka sharing), but they don't put a whole lot of support or functionality behind those features.

    Now with the 360, Microsoft has managed to properly extend their LIVE services and take advantage of that Broadband connection they introduced in rev1 of the device. The thing that made them unique in the first place.  I honestly think they were lucky that time around, but we're not talking about the XBOX so, I'll get back on topic.

    The Zune (I don't feel) hasn't really pushed the idea of the Social.  Sure we'll hear about more stuff as we get closer to launch, but we should be hearing about those things now! Remember, that's what's unique about the Zune over the competition.  The ability to use your mp3 player as a social device, instead of the solitary hardware that it's commonly known as.  I'd love to see DLNA features implemented. 

    a) I'd love to play my music or video directly from my ZuneHD to my PS3 or 360, or DLNA television, or PC over Wifi.
    b) I hope multiplayer gaming will be announced as part of the Zune/360 integration.  Think about playing an IKARUGA style shooter on multiple ZuneHDs on a long flight overseas.

    The ideas are endless. I wasn't even really thinking outside the box btw.  These features should have been there already.

    Finally, my biggest gripe and this is with all the players, not just Microsoft's.  For a player that's supposed to be for video, the hardware specs sure don't echo that.  Why are we relegated to 32GB for a video player?  Did they make that big screen for music?  I don't think so.  We should not expect anything less than 80GB for a video player.  Ok, I'll settle for 64GB, but still.

    For those that say that it would be expensive to do 64GB of flash.  Why not a HDD?  People buy the IPOD Classic at 160GB and the Zune 120.  Both for less than the IPOD Touch (32GB version).  Unfortunately, those mp3 players have tiny screens and aren't worth watching much longer than a short film or tv show.  We really need to have a proper option for video playback.  I won't complain about the 480x272 resolution as 720p and higher really isn't something you'd notice on such a small screen.  We need higher storage that reflects the actual use of the device.

    Sorry, is this enough of a clarification for you?  My point is that the ZuneHD for all it's glossy looks.  It's a device that's not living up to its potential.

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    JeffreyByron

    Yeah that is probably enough Smiley, I actually found your book a very nice read, and I do agree with you on your points to. 

    I didn’t mean to insult anyone or start any fires. The thing that bothered me was the first comment just kind of sounded like it was coming from some guy that probably didn’t even know what DLNA is, its too bad that happens so much online now, I guess I’ve just read way to many posts like that in the past few weeks, its usually just the same kind of comment. 

    I'm disappointed in them, they’re doing it all wrong, its just another rip off, the other guys invented the touch screen and computers” or something like that lol. 

    So I agree with you and I apologize if you were insulted at all and I can assure you and everyone here you are no idiot, you know what your talking about and you know far more then I do. I’d certainly come to you for advice on any topic, unless it’s about film then I might know a little more, maybe lol. 

    So I guess all we can do know is to hope the Zune HD can live up to its potential. Lets send positive thoughts to them, cause just negative thoughts sure don’t help something succeed or make your day any better.

    Again nice job Spydaweb.

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    JeffreyByron

    Yeah that is probably enough Smiley, I actually found your book a very nice read, and I do agree with you on your points to. 

    I didn’t mean to insult anyone or start any fires. The thing that bothered me was the first comment just kind of sounded like it was coming from some guy that probably didn’t even know what DLNA is, its too bad that happens so much online now, I guess I’ve just read way to many posts like that in the past few weeks, its usually just the same kind of comment. 

    I'm disappointed in them, they’re doing it all wrong, its just another rip off, the other guys invented the touch screen and computers” or something like that lol. 

    So I agree with you and I apologize if you were insulted at all and I can assure you and everyone here you are no idiot, you know what your talking about and you know far more then I do. I’d certainly come to you for advice on any topic, unless it’s about film then I might know a little more, maybe lol. 

    So I guess all we can do know is to hope the Zune HD can live up to its potential. Lets send positive thoughts to them, cause just negative thoughts sure don’t help something succeed or make your day any better.

    Again nice job Spydaweb.

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    Maurice

    I was not offended JeffreyByron, you have every right to your own opinion and I can either respond or shut up.  Simple as that.  No need to apologize.

    and Nick.  I'm not one of those that's hoping for a Zune phone.  I actually hate it when companies try to do too much with their devices instead of concentrating on refining the more important functionality.  The Zune is primarily a media player.  Microsoft, as I've said, has not fully explored what's possible in that arena.  I'm not against the current plan to integrate some of the software platform into mobile phones, but it would be nice if they stuck to the essentials with the Zune.  I like that they did that (mostly) with the 360.

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    Maurice

    I was not offended JeffreyByron, you have every right to your own opinion and I can either respond or shut up.  Simple as that.  No need to apologize.

    and Nick.  I'm not one of those that's hoping for a Zune phone.  I actually hate it when companies try to do too much with their devices instead of concentrating on refining the more important functionality.  The Zune is primarily a media player.  Microsoft, as I've said, has not fully explored what's possible in that arena.  I'm not against the current plan to integrate some of the software platform into mobile phones, but it would be nice if they stuck to the essentials with the Zune.  I like that they did that (mostly) with the 360.

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    JeffreyByron

    ok cool, ya I also think its better that they leave the phone part to the other project "Pink" that their working on, mostly cause if the Zune HD had a phone in it that would add another what $300+ for it hahaha. I need and have a cell phone that makes calls and takes pics I don't need to play games surf the web or melt my credit card when I purchase it lol. 

    I'll leave that to the Zune HD Tongue Out

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    JeffreyByron

    ok cool, ya I also think its better that they leave the phone part to the other project "Pink" that their working on, mostly cause if the Zune HD had a phone in it that would add another what $300+ for it hahaha. I need and have a cell phone that makes calls and takes pics I don't need to play games surf the web or melt my credit card when I purchase it lol. 

    I'll leave that to the Zune HD Tongue Out

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