Zune HD available for pre-order, release 15th September
Posted on 13-Aug-2009 22:27
Filed under: News
Microsoft Corp. has announced the Zune HD, the next version of the company’s end-to-end music and entertainment service, is available now for pre-order and is set to hit store shelves on 15th Sept..
The player, available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, is the first touch-screen Zune.
Available in the U.S. Zune HD combines a built-in HD Radio receiver, high-definition (HD) video output capabilities, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touch screen, Wi-Fi and an Internet browser.
The company says the bright OLED touch screen interface allows users to flip through music, movies and other content with ease, and the 16:9 widescreen format display (480x272 pixels resolution) offers a premium viewing experience on the go.
HD-compatible output lets Zune HD customers playback supported HD video files from the device through a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) audiovisual docking station (sold separately) direct to an HD TV in 720p.
Later this year Zune will extend its video service to Xbox LIVE internationally, bringing the Zune brand to more than 17 million international Xbox LIVE subscribers.
Zune will be a premium partner in the Xbox LIVE Video Marketplace, bringing an exciting catalog of TV and film to the platform. Zune will occupy the first slot within the Xbox user interface in the Xbox LIVE Video Marketplace, exposing the Zune brand experience to millions of new consumers for the first time. At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) next week, attendees will see firsthand how Zune integrates into Xbox LIVE to create a game-changing entertainment experience.