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Microsoft quietly adds 64GB Zune HD to tackle iPod

updated 08:20 am EDT, Mon March 29, 2010

Zune HD follows iPod to 64GB half-year later

Microsoft today inadvertently revealed a 64GB version of the Zune HD. While not yet active, the new capacity is listed on Microsoft's own site and is likely to be made official soon. Pricing didn't accompany the leak, but it follows after official price drops and Dell lowering the 32GB version down to $199.

The update supports a very early rumor that Microsoft had planned for a 64GB model from the outset but had held off on releasing it initially for unknown reasons. It's now suspected that Microsoft may have been hesitating due to price.

A larger capacity Zune nonetheless comes half a year after its equivalent iPod touch model and puts Microsoft somewhat behind Apple, albeit at likely a lower price. Microsoft can claim the more unique advantage of its subscription service, however, as the Zune Pass would theoretically allow most users to fill the 64GB Zune HD to capacity with music; it also provides as much as 20 hours of 720p video, which the iPod can't currently play.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Quietly Tackle?

    Let's run with this ... "gently attack" ... "sheepishly threaten" ... "bashfully taunt" ...

    Wow! If they keep this up with the Zune, it may "almost matter."

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Putting more memory in a Zune is like...

    putting a bigger hole in a donut. Just kidding. I'm curious to how well the Zune HD is selling. Not too much is said about it. It seems like it would be a pretty good deal for a music and video player if it might sell for $299. Video playback time seems really good.

  1. RoosterJuice

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If it could

    stream video from a network share using wifi, i'd be interested, otherwise who cares.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Zune HD

    I owned a Zune HD for about 3 months and it was a fine media player and was built like a tank. The only reason I finally sold it was because my wife agreed to make our home fully OSX. I simply did not want to use up extra HDD just to run Windows 7 and the Zune software.

    I miss one specific feature of the Zune HD...the wireless sync feature. I just don't understand WHY Apple refuses to offer this feature. It was great to be able to sync without a cable to simply add a podcast or two. I wouldn't use wireless to sync an entire library, but a single CD or podcast, sure thing.

    People who have never used one should not be posting negatively about the device. Having said that, MS was foolish to not introduce the 64GB player when the Zune HD was introduced. They might have sold more of them, even if it meant loosing some $$. At least they could compete, hardware-wise, with Apple.

    Either way. I liked my Zune HD and I like my iPhone. Six of one, half dozen of another.

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Is this a Zen riddle?

    Isn't the whole Zune thing pretty quiet as it is? If a Zune falls in the forest and there is no one there to buy it, does it actually make a thud? If a 64 MB Zune makes a bigger thud, and no one buys it, does it matter?

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