Microsoft has confirmed the Zune HD for Fall ’09 release in the U.S. The player will combine 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 Zune portable media player will also extend to the Xbox Live video marketplace, a community of 17 million subscribers.
- Zune HD comes with a built-in HD Radio receiver so users can listen to
higher-quality sound than traditional radio on the go. Users also will
have access to the additional song and artist data broadcast by HD
Radio stations as well as additional channels from their favorite
stations multicasting in HD. If you don’t like the song playing on
your station’s HD channel, switch to its HD2 or HD3 channels for
- 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 (480×272 resolution) offers a premium viewing
experience on the go.
- The HD-compatible output lets Zune HD customers playback supported HD
video files from the device through a premium high-definition
multimedia interface (HDMI) audiovisual docking station (sold
separately) direct to an HD TV in 720p.*
- Zune HD will include a full-screen Internet browser optimized for
- Zune HD is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing for instant streaming to the device
from the more than 5 million-track Zune music store.
Zune/Xbox Live integration will be demonstrated next week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).