Microsoft taking pre-orders for next-gen Zune HD

August 13, 2009

(AP) -- Microsoft Corp. said Thursday a new generation of its Zune music player will go on sale Sept. 15, but eager customers can pre-order the gadget online now.

The Zune HD has a touch screen, built-in Wi-Fi and a Web browser, much like Apple Inc.'s iPod Touch. Zune users can stream and download music from Microsoft's Zune Marketplace.

Unlike Apple's device, the Zune HD also has a built-in HD radio receiver.

Zune HD is the company's third line of the media player, but so far the Zune has attracted only a tiny slice of a digital media player market dominated by iPods.

A 16-gigabyte model will sell for $220, and a 32-gigabyte Zune HD will be $290. A for sending high-definition video from the gadget to an HD television will be sold separately.

is taking pre-orders now at . Starting Monday, Inc. stores will also take pre-orders.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: Microsoft: Samsung Deal Could Improve Xbox, Zune

Related Stories

Apple's restriction-free music downloads create pause

February 11, 2009

When Apple Inc. announced in January that it would sell restriction-free music files, that was supposed to mean consumers could buy songs and play them on the portable gadget of their choice.

Microsoft's Zune HD Leaked

April 15, 2009

( -- It looks like Microsoft's Zune HD player will be a strong competition for Apple's iPod Touch. Uunconfirmed technical specifications of Microsoft's Zune HD player have now emerged and the new portable media ...

Amazon launches HD movie rental, TV show sales

April 22, 2009

(AP) -- Online retailer Inc. said Tuesday it is adding high-definition video to its on-demand service, offering consumers the ability to rent movies and purchase television episodes shown in HD.

What's to become of Microsoft's answer to the iPod?

July 30, 2009

Microsoft Corp.'s quarterly earnings report last week featured a number of grim statistics, including a relatively overlooked, albeit steep decline related to its Zune portable media player_potentially adding more uncertainty ...

Recommended for you

Roboticists learn to teach robots from babies

December 1, 2015

Babies learn about the world by exploring how their bodies move in space, grabbing toys, pushing things off tables and by watching and imitating what adults are doing.

Xbox gaming technology may improve X-ray precision

December 1, 2015

With the aim of producing high-quality X-rays with minimal radiation exposure, particularly in children, researchers have developed a new approach to imaging patients. Surprisingly, the new technology isn't a high-tech, high-dollar ...

Making 3-D imaging 1,000 times better

December 1, 2015

MIT researchers have shown that by exploiting the polarization of light—the physical phenomenon behind polarized sunglasses and most 3-D movie systems—they can increase the resolution of conventional 3-D imaging devices ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.