64GB Zune HD and 4.5 firmware now available

Following last week’s accidental leak on the Zune HD website, Microsoft has officially lifted the wraps on the new 64GB Zune HD model and made it available for order. The large capacity Zune HD 64 is priced $50 less than the 64GB iPod touch at $350. Both the 16GB and 32GB models have also been reduced in price to $200 and $270 respectively.

Microsoft also released the 4.5 update to the Zune firmware earlier this week, which among other new additions, brings Smart DJ playlists and Xvid support. The Zune HD 64 won’t be shipping with 4.5 preloaded yet, so be sure to update it once you receive yours!

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Wow that is cheap! The 64Gb iPod touch is AUD$549.00 and at the current exchange rate that Zune HD would be ~AUD$376, that is a ~AUD$173 difference!! mind you, after the cost of international shipping and import taxes and what not, it's probably not that much cheaper...still MS are shooting themselves in the foot making it US only in my honest opinion.

briangw said,
From the looks of it, they still have no hidden wireless support. Geez, MS, get on the bandwagon.

Doesn't Un-hide wireless, add to default connections whatever and then hide again work?

briangw said,
From the looks of it, they still have no hidden wireless support. Geez, MS, get on the bandwagon.

From what I understand, they have added this on the current firmware.

briangw said,
From the looks of it, they still have no hidden wireless support. Geez, MS, get on the bandwagon.

Why the hell do you hide your router? it adds NOTHING to your security; use WPA2 and shut up about 'hidden wireless support'.

DomZ said,
When are they going to sell them internationally? They can't compete with Apple until they do that.

They probably aren't trying to. The Zune HD is the iPod Touch of the Windows Phone 7 Series. they want the higher end version to sell.

I'm guessing within the next 12 months. The biggest thing holding them back I'd image would be getting the infrastructure in place for music stores ect. I'd say they will need these in place when shipping WM7 overseas if they want to compete with Apple, which should make rolling the Zune HD out at the same time a no brainer.

Smigit said,
I'm guessing within the next 12 months. The biggest thing holding them back I'd image would be getting the infrastructure in place for music stores ect. I'd say they will need these in place when shipping WM7 overseas if they want to compete with Apple, which should make rolling the Zune HD out at the same time a no brainer.

iPods were being sold in countries years before the iTunes library ever appeared, it is a cop out to excuse an incompetent US centric manager whose understanding of the world is that of an 8 year old. Time to fire him by throwing him out of the top story window along with the person who decided to make it Windows only.

Yeah I'm aware the iPod was but that was years before anyone was selling music online in such a manner. The industry has changed and I guess MS has chosen not to sell a device when they don't have the services to back it up. As someone who likes the Zune I will say that Zune Pass would be a huge factor in my decision to buy one if it came here to Australia.

And yes, I think its retarded it has taken them this long too.

am i the only one that noticed the math does not add up in there HD Video thing as it says....

8.5Hours HD video = 16GB
then ONLY 10 hours HD Video = 32GB

if the 8.5 is true for 16GB then you would assume it should be 17Hours HD video for the 32GB since it's double the capacity.

but looking at the 32GB and 64GB versions being that it's 10hours and 20Hours makes me think there 16GB one can only do about 5 hours.

Arrrggghhh, if only they bumped it too 128gb, then I might buy it too replace my Zune 120. Actually, on second thoughts, they should make it a terabyte

Billus said,
Arrrggghhh, if only they bumped it too 128gb, then I might buy it too replace my Zune 120. Actually, on second thoughts, they should make it a terabyte

A 128GB flash model would be, i'd have to guess, $600 or more? Not quite cheap enough for a PMP device. Though if they did a limited edition 128GB it could sell.

I've had mine since last year and I love it. By far the best device I've had and now especially since it supports divx now and I don't have to convert my videos.