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Zune HD to take on iPod touch?

updated 08:00 pm EDT, Fri April 10, 2009

Zune HD Leak

A marketing campaign has leaked tonight through Engadget that appears to confirm the existence of the first touchscreen Zune. Titled Zune HD, little is known about the device other than that it appears to embrace the same philosophy as the iPod touch, with just one button on the front. Its name implies at least high-resolution video playback, though true HD-resolution displays don't typically exist in handheld size.

If accurate, the slip may indirectly link back to a rumored Tegra-based device coming from Microsoft. The NVIDIA-made mobile chipsets are notable for having enough performance to fully accelerate at least 720p video as well as advanced 3D effects. Although Microsoft has repeatedly dismissed claims of its own smartphone in development, dashing part of the earlier rumor, its staff has publicly committed to new Zune hardware in 2009.

Zune HD is most likely to arrive in the Zune's historical fall update schedule and comes at an important time for the media player division. Its revenue fell by $100 million year-over-year from late 2007 to late 2008 as the company failed to produce more than a software update and continued to struggle for further market share. The specific absence of a touchscreen Zune is also considered a factor as Microsoft's players have had only limited access to the Internet as a result.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Doesn't matter

    how pretty or functional it is, it still has the dumbest name in electronics history!

  1. russellb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good Luck

    ha ha oooh cant wait for that one to come out , Apple will be quivering in their boots.

    Good Luck with that Donkey boy

  1. 3dAnimation

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Can't they come up with a SINGLE original product idea? The whole photocopier thing is really getting old.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the zune

    touch. i said it a few days. nope not bragging, it's just that it was so obvious from a company that can do nothing but the obvious.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    HD in your hand...

    This is a typical MS idea. Make 3" screen HD (preferably 1080 for that full HD resolution). That must make it about 450 pixels per inch! And they should give free magnifying glasses with these in order to actually see these pixels...!

    This sounds exactly like a business idea for developing a system for remotely adjusting your monitor settings (brightness, contrast, frequency) over the internet -- you log on and do it from any web-enabled computer anywhere in the world. In other words, a stupid and pointless idea.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If I was a shareholder in MS I would kick out Steve Ballmer for wasting millions of dollars of profit on stupid product lines such as the Zune and ridiculous advertising. If he was running a bank he would be out on the streets and disgraced by now.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wouldn't mind a affordable HD device, it only needs to have some basic Mac software and a PDF reader for my comics. Not that hard to do MS, make me want your product.

  1. Flyboybob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    God Help Us! 'Not a Zune"

    A lot of questions should to be answered in Redmond before they put this on the market. Will it sync with a Mac or a Linux computer? Will it play other formats other than Windows Media files? Where would you get the content to put on the thing? Will MS allow third party vendors to develop applications for this product? How much will MS charge for the content? Will it sync with anything they now have? Will a video of Steve Ballmer dancing and singing at the product launch be included free on each Zune?

  1. Monde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Rights managment

    I have many non-Apple gadgets. If the zune was something I'd want, I'd get it. Presently though, it's just another copy of an Apple product. Even in copying, they get it wrong. Microsoft's problem is a heads down one. The guy at the top is Ballmer. A style-less clod who puts what he can get from a product--money wise--ahead of the end user. It is the Microsoft corporate culture and why they continuously miss the mark. The top down culture at Apple certainly keeps an eye on profit, but also the end user and style. Providing a sense of integration that has yet to exist in anything out of big Redmond. We can only hope Ballmer gets another decade as CEO of Microsoft. By then, Apple should gain an additional 10% of the market share.

  1. b9robot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who cares?

    Zune is a piece of c*** run on Winblows. The product is a failure. Microsoft should just let it die already!

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