New and updated Zune HD apps now available

With Microsoft lavishing so much attention on Windows Phone 7 as its great hope for success in the mobile space, you’d be forgiven for forgetting entirely about the company’s other handheld contender, the Zune HD, which continues to soldier on, in spite of persistent rumours about its impending demise.

Thankfully, for those faithful few who actually bought one, Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about the Zune HD, and today, the company unleashed a range of new and updated games and apps for the device onto the Marketplace, as reported by Zunited.

The new apps and utilities now available are:

  • Finger Paint
  • Calendar
  • Slider Puzzle
  • Color Spill
  • Vine Climb
  • Decoder Ring
  • Tug-O-War
  • Trash Throw (see screenshot below left)
  • Splatter Bug (below right)

   

Three apps previously available have now also been updated:

  • Shuffle by Album
  • Zune Reader
  • Penalty! Flick Soccer

All of these apps and updates are exclusive to the Zune HD, and they come just over a month after the last wave of new additions, which brought six new games and three other apps to the platform. The total number of apps and games available for the mobile media player now stands at 62, which is some way short of the 28,000 apps now available on Windows Phone Marketplace – but Zune HD owners will no doubt be grateful that Microsoft is still showing them some love.  

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No AngryBirds?
And technically speaking, can Microsoft give Zune's OS, WP marketplace support, since they both are based on Windows kernel?

FMH said,
No AngryBirds?
And technically speaking, can Microsoft give Zune's OS, WP marketplace support, since they both are based on Windows kernel?

Highly unlikely, the hardware is extremely different…

FMH said,
No AngryBirds?
And technically speaking, can Microsoft give Zune's OS, WP marketplace support, since they both are based on Windows kernel?

No Angry Birds. Dave McLauchlan, Zune Hardware Bizdev has said Angry Birds isn't available because it costs money. WP7 can't come onto our zune because it isn't nearly as powerful(the MS team didn't believe in delaying the HD until WP7 was released) and Marketplace support because of the OS and they don't seem to want to rewrite anything seeing how we can't even get a firmware update for a year now. The kernel is essentially the same except that WP7 has some bits and pieces from WINCE 7 which isn't on the Zune.

Unimatrix Xero said,
so how do we get these as the UK zune software doesnt show ZuneHD apps anymore

I had to set my Zune to US and use my US live account.

Allows the Zune Pass to sync as well which is always good..

its a great way for them to test out apps and have them polished before transferring them to wp7.. Also would be cool to see if they come out with an Xbox mobile version soon and get the windows phone games on it..

This is great, my HTC HD7 has now become my day to day music player for train rides but when ever I fly the Zune HD comes along as the battery life is fantastic, great to see the device is still getting a little love every now and then, it truely is a great media player.

Nice. Personally, the apps dont get much of a look in cos the HD is such a great media player, but its good to know there is a few FREE, high quality apps for it should i ever have a spare minute.