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Microsoft just recently made some announcements that they will be releasing the new Zune HD. The new Zune HD will also support the now much loved multi-touch capabilities that has made the ITouch and the IPhone as famous as they are.

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From the image above you can see that the new Zune HD is going for an advanced look with the beveled edges. I owned a Zune first generation and then I bought myself a Zune (120GB version) later. I really did like it mainly because of the very large screen that I could watch video podcasts on. This was something that wasn’t as good with the IPod and other items out there in the world. I am looking forward to the new Zune HD and would love to review it --- but it is hard to buy another device right when I got this new Zune 120 GB.

The one thing that sounds pretty exciting with the new Zune HD is the HD radio built into it. The older Zunes also have radio in them and it is nice feature to have – but now with HD radio! The other nice thing about the Zune is that you have some pretty good Zune software in working with you music collections and in getting them on the device. I hear a lot of constant complaints from friends about Apple’s software – and it is true that the Zune software was absolute garbage in its first version – but now you will find that the new software from Microsoft for the Zune is quite nice (too bad they didn’t write it in WPF (my side note)).

Another nice feature you will find on the Zune is that list of games is growing and they aren’t half bad. Though, currently, they don’t seem to compare with all the new software that you can get on the Apple IPhone or ITouch. Apple is just so good at this stuff that it is amazing. You would think that putting out a device would be simple – but as everyone from Sony, to Microsoft, to Nokia and other are trying to catch up with the IPod, Apple comes along with something that makes the IPod look dumb. The IPhone and the ITouch were just simply revolutionary. From the multi-touch, to the balancing and directional capabilities, to the new IPhone/ITouch store that enable software developers to make some serious money and use Apple’s distribution network – it was outstanding and hard to beat. If anyone can catch up – it would be Microsoft.

They do need to try and people shouldn’t say that they aren’t capable of this. Nobody thought they would have a chance in the console market in that the competition was Nintendo and Sony – but they have done an outstanding job with the original Xbox and the new Xbox 360. They dedicated themselves to doing this and they made a splash.

Why did they enter this market (the console market)? It was really due to the fact that the console was something that could have become the home computer – displacing the desktop home computer as we know it today (this is still possible). Microsoft, for their own survival – need to dominate this space. When it comes to the IPhone/ITouch devices, this is another area that is threatening.

There currently is a fight between the netbook world and the device world (with the netbooks really starting to dominate), and Microsoft needs to capture both of these areas. They are doing an outstanding job in the netbook world as it looked like Linux might do well as they ran well on computers with limited capabilities – but the new Windows 7 OS is something that has been designed rather well to work on computers (such as netbooks) that have these limiting factors. So they are pretty well placed in this arena.

Well, anyway, the new Zune HD is a step in the right direction. For me – it will come to the software that people can use on these devices. Apple will be a tough catch. Let’s see what happens.

PS – it is interesting that they saw the need to name the category ‘marketplace’ (look in the above image) and not simply ‘market’, so that it would fit into the screen! Oh well.

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 8:43 PM | Back to top


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I am stoked about the HD as well, now to figure out when it will be available and get one without the wife saying no first!
Left by Chris Hammond on May 28, 2009 9:43 PM

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I dont care what my wife says, I got to have it.. she will understand in the end
Left by zune on May 29, 2009 8:55 AM

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It's an iPod Touch, not an ITouch people.
Left by Ben on Jun 06, 2009 9:16 AM

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damn thats poppinq i gotta have 1!!
Left by ashley on Jul 07, 2009 7:09 PM

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september 8th Zune HD
Left by Xuereb on Jul 11, 2009 9:14 PM

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dude zunes suck there not even close to itouch they just copyed the itouch
Left by mike18 on Aug 29, 2009 12:55 AM

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no dude i had a 8 gb zune and my sister had a 120 gb ipod. even tho hers had ALOT more space than mine did it still can go online with the marketplace while my sis had to always use the computer. I hate the fact that u have to spin your thumb in a circle for it to scroll, in zune u just brush down, up, left, and ,right.
Left by puffs on Sep 13, 2009 9:38 PM

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