Zune HD to launch Sept 15

It's no secret that the Zune HD launch is getting closer. First there was Amazon taking pre-orders but now there appears to be official signage that clearly states that September 15 is the day that Microsoft will take on the market dominating iPod Touch. The previously leaked day of September 8 is expected to be the pre-order date.



Neowin recently posted a hands on review that showed off some of the features for the upcoming Zune HD. Microsoft has packed the Zune full of features and with its excellent Zune Pass subscription music service it may have a serious contender on its hands.

Expect Microsoft to hype up the launch extensively before September 15th as it will need to overcome the image that the Zune is no longer the laughing stock of the digital music player market.

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Cool. I can't wait to see it. I hope I'll be able to play around with one. It looks great! I hope there will be Zune's on display that aren't just in cases...

Is MS going to cripple it by only allowing "licensed" peripherals to connect and enable line out through the dock connector? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE both of my Zunes, but not having the ability to connect it to a car stereo or dock radio like the iPod is the main reason I didn't buy one new. Microsoft shot themselves in the foot by doing this on BOTH first and second generations.

All the articles I've read focus on the US launch and there is little to no info on exactly where or when it releases internationally. All I do know is Australia is getting it, just dunno when...if you cannot wait, you can always just import it from the US.


I guess this could be information about the dock.
"A new Zune HD Dock will be released this September for use with the high definition output of the touchscreen Zune. The digital signal will produce a video resolution of 720p on a HDTV. Previous dock kits of this kind have sold for around $79 including remote. The Zune HD Dock could sell for even more and offer Zune HDMI connectivity while working to also charge and control the device.

A full Zune HD dock review will be ready on launch day along with a video tutorial on how to properly install and setup the Zune HD dock accessory."
ZUNEDOCK

freak180 said,
A full Zune HD dock review will be ready on launch day along with a video tutorial on how to properly install and setup the Zune HD dock accessory."
ZUNEDOCK

That thing looks fugly.

ohh yeah the 15th is my birthday too it's only one problem i can't part ways with my jail-broken iPod Touch 2G but i want this too

Rumours have it that the 16GB will be $220, and the 32GB will be $290. This is still unconfirmed. However, I don't think this is the retail price.

The iPod Touch goes for about $230 for just the 8GB model, $300 for the 16GB, and $400 for the 32GB. I say Microsoft will definitely be pleasing people by shaving a good $100 off of the higher spec'd versions. I think though that these rumored prices are a bit high these days, and that it'll be a bit less. My random guess? 16GB for $175, 32GB for $240.

480x272 thast an odd resolution, but guess those res's are getting more common... I guess since it is OLED it will look good though, low res on LCD sometimes looks odd

In that case, it would be 480x270. This 2 pixels difference is indeed very odd.

I thought by "HD", they meant it had a resolution of like 1280x720 or 480x854. Or well, I thought the resolution would at least beat the one on the iPod Touch and iPhone...

OLED will make a better picture regardless of the rest, and I'm guessing the HD part is regarding output. I need an Dock to HDMI connector mm.

This won't take a huge chunk from the touch market. The iTouch is basically a iPhone without the offical phone feature.

Does this thing even support apps let alone have a camera?

BUT... It looks uber sexy, and I may end up getting the 32gb model. So w00t!

wakers01 said,
Yes it supporst apps, no it doesn't have a camera, and one might want a camera because it is a way to capture media.


You already have a camera phone. I don't need repetative features. I need new things, like HD Radio, 720p output, etc. Apple just keeps on selling the same old (Copy/paste, really???)

andrewbares said,
You already have a camera phone. I don't need repetative features. I need new things, like HD Radio, 720p output, etc. Apple just keeps on selling the same old (Copy/paste, really???)

Repetitive features...?

But if you have an iPhone, you don't have an iPod Touch, so what's wrong if they put a camera into both...? XD

So instead of including common features like Copy/Paste in their latest firmware, they should have come up with another different feature. Yeah, makes sense.

andrewbares said,
You already have a camera phone. I don't need repetative features. I need new things, like HD Radio, 720p output, etc. Apple just keeps on selling the same old (Copy/paste, really???)


Don't get me wrong, my friend. I am stoked about the HD and can't wait to lay hands on one. The HDMI out is one of the features I'm looking foward to the most. I was just saying that I can see why someone might want a camera on a media player.

This should put a rough range around the rollout of the Zune store etc on 360 as well. They pushed the main update yesterday, so we should expect to see at least the Zune components around the same time that the ZHD releases.

The Zune isn't the laughing stock of the digital music player market. It may be to iPod/Apple fans or market investors not confident with Microsoft, but most reasonable people I've seen have seriously considered whether they should get an iPod (or whatever player) or if they should get a Zune. I think that's enough to show it's not really a laughing stock.

Anyway, $25 to 'reserve' a PMP? Heck, I wouldn't PAY to reserve any gadget. That's ludicrous. I hope that doesn't mean that there will be a limited amount of Zune HD's sold at launch, because the buzz around the Zune HD seems to have gone further than just tech sites.

Quikboy said,
The Zune isn't the laughing stock of the digital music player market. It may be to iPod/Apple fans or market investors not confident with Microsoft, but most reasonable people I've seen have seriously considered whether they should get an iPod (or whatever player) or if they should get a Zune. I think that's enough to show it's not really a laughing stock.

Anyway, $25 to 'reserve' a PMP? Heck, I wouldn't PAY to reserve any gadget. That's ludicrous. I hope that doesn't mean that there will be a limited amount of Zune HD's sold at launch, because the buzz around the Zune HD seems to have gone further than just tech sites.


Most preorders cost ALOT more....You are complaining about $25 and you are going to spend $200 plus something (minus $25) on a product?

Something wrong with your logic.

Quikboy said,
Anyway, $25 to 'reserve' a PMP? Heck, I wouldn't PAY to reserve any gadget. That's ludicrous. I hope that doesn't mean that there will be a limited amount of Zune HD's sold at launch, because the buzz around the Zune HD seems to have gone further than just tech sites.

No, there will be an unlimited number available to buy on day 1. /sarcasm

Seriously mate, think before you speak.

The deposit is so you can reserve one of the initial stock. It's not like you'll be paying $25 more, you'll just be guaranteeing yourself a Zune HD on launch day at no extra cost.