Zune HD prices leak, web browser revealed

Prices for the 16GB and 32GB models of Zune HD have apparently leaked according to Gizmodo. The screen shots shown below appears to have come from a Best Buy inventory. If Best Buy's inventory is correct, it also backs up the September release date.

The Zune HD prices listed are as followed:

16GB: $219.99
32GB: $289.99

We've reported on what to expect when the Zune HD launches including a video that has recently surfaced showing a demo of the Zune HD's interface. Even though we reported that there would be a 4GB, 8GB, and possibly a 120GB model, pricing information for those models has not been revealed yet.

Even though there are plans to launch the Zune HD internationally, release dates and pricing information is currently unknown for countries outside the United States.


16GB price


32GB price

CNET has also posted a hands on photo gallery featuring the Zune HD browser. Among the features shown include the web browser itself, favorites, search, and the on screen keyboard. It appears you can view the screen either horizontally or vertically.

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A bluray movie (HD 720P) is almost 4GB in size, so no there wont be a 4GB FOR SURE because the movie wouldnt even fit on it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000410491

"The new Zune HD is a digital experience that gives you access to premium entertainment and the latest technologies, allowing you to enjoy, connect, and discover content in a whole new way--the way you like it. Browse, stream, buy, and play all you want, including music, HD video, podcasts, games, and much more. Gain the freedom to enjoy your entertainment; Zune is everywhere you are--on your PC, Zune portable player, and Xbox 360 through Xbox LIVE. Zune brings your content up front, so you're always in control.

Available for pre-order now, the Zune HD comes in 16 GB (black) and 32 GB (platinum) capacities. Find out more on the product detail pages."

Better pricing then I expected (if this is true). However, I'll have to hold out until a 64gb comes out. Need all my music on there. But with those prices, I'm sure the Zune will cut into the iPod even it is a little.

How do you people get excited about these things! They never seem to deliver on their promises. I'll stick with my cheapy MP3 / 4 player, my $250 Netbook and 3G dongle fpr the time being.

In another couple of years all these things and more will come as as standard on a phone. One device with everything!

You're on a tech site asking the members how new technology excites them. Now, I don't want to bash you or anything, but seriously, what are you smoking?

boho said,
How do you people get excited about these things! They never seem to deliver on their promises. I'll stick with my cheapy MP3 / 4 player, my $250 Netbook and 3G dongle fpr the time being.

In another couple of years all these things and more will come as as standard on a phone. One device with everything!

A lot of smartphones can do the things you've mentioned... the iPhone can do all that and more for years now. And unlike your 'cheapy' digital audio player, the iPhone actually has an excellent media interface and so to say, good sound quality for an audiophile too (combined with good earphones anyway).

chconline said,


A lot of smartphones can do the things you've mentioned... the iPhone can do all that and more for years now. And unlike your 'cheapy' digital audio player, the iPhone actually has an excellent media interface and so to say, good sound quality for an audiophile too (combined with good earphones anyway).


But does it have copy/paste?

Yeah, nor do I understand all the excitement, when you can just buy HTC

FoxieFoxie said,
But does it have copy/paste?

Yeah, nor do I understand all the excitement, when you can just buy HTC


Actually it has had copy/paste for a couple of months now. And the media interface on the iPhone is still unmatched by any other smartphone.

Cyranthus said,
woah woah woah, 16 and 32 gb? and its HD? come on, microsoft! thats going to fit like what? 5 movies? weeeeeak!


I don't think you're meant to be carrying around a bunch of feature-length 1080p movies. I mean, how many times are you going to be hooking up your Zune to you or your friend's TV to watch feature-length movies? Really?

I'll be lining up for the 16GB easily.

Cyranthus said,
woah woah woah, 16 and 32 gb? and its HD? come on, microsoft! thats going to fit like what? 5 movies? weeeeeak!

So if it didn't have the HD output capability, the sizes would be fine ... ? I'm not sure that logic works, given that you don't have to use it, nor would people appreciate a massive price hike just so you could fit more HD videos.

spenser.d said,
I don't think you're meant to be carrying around a bunch of feature-length 1080p movies. I mean, how many times are you going to be hooking up your Zune to you or your friend's TV to watch feature-length movies? Really?

I'll be lining up for the 16GB easily.


Well then the HD output is useless, I guess.

There will be no 4GB or 8GB versions of the zune HD. Any 4GB or 8GB players will be mini-sized.

I think the above is obvious.

Now if the 32GB is on sale a little say... 10% off, well then I'll juse have to jump.

Let's see how things develop. Maybe it's 80 bucks cheaper because it IS worth 80 bucks cheaper... We need full specs, we need to see the full OS, and we need to know if there's an App Store...

I might as well just go read the new article published here on Neowin

iPod Touch 16Gb = $300 VS $220
iPod Touch 32Gb = $400 VS $290

Competition is good, maybe the release of the ZuneHD will make Apple lower their price.

The Touch still has the edge in the applications/games. ZuneHD will not have those for a while.

Why would Apple lower their prices? the iPod sells fine how it is, there is no incentive to drop the price...maybe if the Zune starts rapidly eating into their marketshare but that is yet to be seen.

Xerxes said,
Why would Apple lower their prices? the iPod sells fine how it is, there is no incentive to drop the price...maybe if the Zune starts rapidly eating into their marketshare but that is yet to be seen.

Exactly.

Xerxes said,
Why would Apple lower their prices? the iPod sells fine how it is, there is no incentive to drop the price...maybe if the Zune starts rapidly eating into their marketshare but that is yet to be seen.

We all know how aggressive Microsoft can be in their advertising and ball game if they want to get to the top - you only have to take a look at the XBOX 360 to show this, and even more so, with Windows.

It won't happen overnight, but at that pricing, it has a *very* good chance.

Now all Microsoft needs to do is follow a similar under-cutting strategy in Europe and Asia. I really hope we don't get it at the same price as the current iPod Touch in the UK

People don't seem to realize that those iPod prices are still based on last year. With this year's release Apple might very well drop the 8 GB iPod touch and sell the 16 GB one for roughly the same price.

.Neo said,
People don't seem to realize that those iPod prices are still based on last year. With this year's release Apple might very well drop the 8 GB iPod touch and sell the 16 GB one for roughly the same price.

That's the price you pay TODAY to get one of those iPod Touch. Unless Apple lower the price when the ZuneHD is out... And we have no indication when Apple is going to release the 3rd gen iPod Touch or at what price.

TruckWEB said,
That's the price you pay TODAY to get one of those iPod Touch. Unless Apple lower the price when the ZuneHD is out... And we have no indication when Apple is going to release the 3rd gen iPod Touch or at what price.


All my Apple hatred beside, I bet you that Apple will lower the prices, too. With the new models coming out in a month, the old ones will go down. And they're not going to be "old" ones, just smaller sizes, I think.

andrewbares said,
All my Apple hatred beside, I bet you that Apple will lower the prices, too.

Mate, life is too short to hate a company like this. Get over it. Apple and Microsoft both can be annoying, and both have produced great products.

Xerxes said,
Why would Apple lower their prices? the iPod sells fine how it is, there is no incentive to drop the price...maybe if the Zune starts rapidly eating into their marketshare but that is yet to be seen.


A few commercials from Microsoft got the Apple legal department on a warpath, as well as got the prices for Apple portables dropped. Don't be so sure.

TruckWEB said,
iPod Touch 16Gb = $300 VS $220
iPod Touch 32Gb = $400 VS $290

When is the Zune HD out again? October, november?

When does Apple update its iPod line again? September?

I see it something more along the lines of :
iPod Touch 16GB @ 259 CAD
iPod Touch 32GB @ 329 CAD
iPod Touch 64GB @ 429 CAD

So yes, judging from that picture, the upcoming iPod Touch may be more expensive, but I bet it'll do a lot more. The camera, microphone and built-in controls in the earphones, google maps which didn't seem to be there (the guy asked in the other video and got no answer), the App Store, the stability after 3 years of testing, etc. etc.

Obviously the iPod Touch won't do all those HD gimmicks, I think we'll have to wait until next year for that.

No way. The device is just far too small. They may release a 64gb version soon, since Apple will release a 64gb touch in September.

cakesy said,
No way. The device is just far too small.


Huh? How is this too small for a memory slot? It's roughly the size of a smartphone, so there is certainly room for at least a MicroSD slot.

roadwarrior said,
Huh? How is this too small for a memory slot? It's roughly the size of a smartphone, so there is certainly room for at least a MicroSD slot.


But there IS NO MicroSD slot, lol. So you can tape your card on the back, but it's not gonna be reading the music

dagamer34 said,
Any word on native apps for the Zune HD?

That's the main problem with the Zune HD compared with the iPod Touch/Phone, you get no App Store at the moment. MS said "soon after launch" but I would not hold my breath on that...

If you want Apps/Games on your media player, your best bet is still the iPod for the moment.

I agree. I was really hoping MS would push apps on the Zune more with this last incarnation so it becomes everything minus the phone capability. But I read they won't be pushing apps as much as Apple's App store. Without apps, I'd very well go for the next best device with apps and touch from that other company.

We do have the XNA platform for developing games and apps, but the Zune Marketplace is currently only for music/videos AFAIK.

I bet (and hope) with the launch of this device the Zune 4.0 software and the addition of applications and games to the Zune Marketplace will see the day of light.

I'd hate to see a full page loaded with tons of JS. My iPod Touch 2G isn't the fastest at it, but for a mobile device it's pretty quick and is a lot quicker with 3.0 (though 3.0 comes with tons of bugs on the iPod). With IE being one of the slowest browsers out there, I'm not sure I'd want to see any comparisons. :)

However, it doesn't look bad and that keyboard and slightly transparent look makes it look pretty nice. Wouldn't mind trying it out, but I doubt it'll be replacing my iPod anytime soon.

Justin- said,
I'd hate to see a full page loaded with tons of JS. My iPod Touch 2G isn't the fastest at it, but for a mobile device it's pretty quick and is a lot quicker with 3.0 (though 3.0 comes with tons of bugs on the iPod). With IE being one of the slowest browsers out there, I'm not sure I'd want to see any comparisons. :)

However, it doesn't look bad and that keyboard and slightly transparent look makes it look pretty nice. Wouldn't mind trying it out, but I doubt it'll be replacing my iPod anytime soon. ;)


There is hope they used one of the lighter weight browser kits, like the one the iPhone/touch use. If they don't they will get loads of grief. It needs to be as good or better than the touch.

cakesy said,
There is hope they used one of the lighter weight browser kits, like the one the iPhone/touch use.

Not sure why they'd use anything but Trident...

Justin- said,
I'd hate to see a full page loaded with tons of JS. My iPod Touch 2G isn't the fastest at it, but for a mobile device it's pretty quick and is a lot quicker with 3.0 (though 3.0 comes with tons of bugs on the iPod). With IE being one of the slowest browsers out there, I'm not sure I'd want to see any comparisons. :)

However, it doesn't look bad and that keyboard and slightly transparent look makes it look pretty nice. Wouldn't mind trying it out, but I doubt it'll be replacing my iPod anytime soon. ;)


It's as good or better than the iPod's browser. See CNET's article.

Be careful someone doesn't break in your car and steal it. Either the car or the Zune. I've heard about GPS dashboard units being swiped.

Can't wait either but the music alone on my Zune80 would eat up ALL the space on a 32g model. So I want to get one but I don't want to have to turn around and buy another one when a larger size launches.