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Zune HD Announced

Zune HD Announced

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See the Press Release details at http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2009/may09/05-26ZuneHDPR.mspx

Zune HD is the next iteration of the Zune device family and brings a new level of listening and viewing experiences to the portable media player category.

  • 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 additional programming.
  • 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 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 multitouch functionality.
  • Zune HD is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing for instant streaming to the device from the more than 5 million-track Zune music store.

More information on Zune and related images is available at http://www.zune.net/press and http://www.zune.net/ZuneHD

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  • Curious as to when you were moved into the UI designer group - or when they were moved to your group.  Your "My Team" links have changed drastically since, if I remember correctly, last week...

  • Yea, it's a little odd looking. The short answer is that they report to my manager.  Thus my team.  Harry Caldwell is my manager and he has two groups.  His Partner team and the team of IT Pro Evangelist.

    The upside is that I get exposed to a completely different business segment. Besides, I used to be a pretty good UI designer myself when I programming Windows applications.  :-)

  • New Zune looks great, nice to be able to utilize a browser since it is already on wi-fi.  Any Bluetooth though??  Challenge has been to listen to tunes in kitchen, deck, and living room with full control on wireless handheld device.  Closest thing for a while was ipod touch remote app but it has to stream trough itunes on computer and then to airport express.  It would be best to stream through Zune or ipod to airport express directly of course but...

    Next best solution has been to hack up Bluetooth stereo headphones putting RCA jacks on wires to speakers.  It's pretty easy and I can stream music on device or from Pandora to stereo.  Works on ipod and Blackberry but not Zune if no Bluetooth.  Maybe Zune could have a device working like Airtunes with direct stream?  

    Don't forget to terminate Bluetooth connection after done or whole house might hear when call comes in on Blackberry...