Zune HD, the next generation of Microsoft portable digital media player, is available for pre-order and is set to hit store shelves on Sept. 15. The player, available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, is claimed to be the first touch-screen Zune.
Combined with PC software and online services such as Zune Pass, Zune provides a rich and meaningful connection to music, videos, podcasts, and more, says Microsoft.
According to the company, Zune HD is the first to combine these features:
• Built-in HD Radio receiver. Allows you to listen to higher-quality sound than is available from traditional radio channels, as well as access additional programming through HD2 and HD3 multicast channels from local FM radio stations at no extra cost.
• HD video output capabilities. Supports HD video playback from the device through a HDMI A/V docking station (sold separately) directly to an HDTV in 720p, making it easy to enjoy better-than-DVD-quality video on your own big screen at home.
• OLED touch screen. Allows you to flip through music, movies, and other content. The 3.3-inch glass screen and 16:9 widescreen format display (480×272 resolution) offer a premium viewing experience.
• Built-in Wi-Fi. Allows for browsing, streaming, or downloading new music from Zune Marketplace.
• Internet browser. Full-screen Web browsing, optimized for the multitouch screen with zoom-in and zoom-out gestures.
• Accessories, at home and on the road. Zune HD and AV Dock charges and syncs players while playing supported 720p HD videos on HDTVs. You can play HD Radio, music and podcasts from your Zune HD device through your car stereo using the Zune Premium Car Pack.
Estimated retail prices – Zune HD 16GB: $219.99 and Zune HD 32GB: $289.99.