Friday, August 14, 2009

Zune HD available for pre-order, iPod Touch feature comparison

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The Microsoft Zune HD digital media player is now available for pre-order on Amazon and other retail sites (Best Buy, Walmart). The release date is September 15, 2009.

Pricing is as follows:

New features include:
  • 3.3 inch OLED display with 16:9 aspect ratio and 480x272 resolution
  • Touch screen with multi-touch navigation and onscreen keyboard
  • Internet Explorer web browser
  • HD radio tuner
  • HD video output (720p)
  • Nvidia Tegra chipset
Here is a comparison between the Zune HD and iPod Touch (2nd Generation).

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Zune HD 16GB - BlackZune HD 32GB - PlatinumiPod Touch 8GB (2nd Generation)iPod Touch 16GB (2nd Generation)iPod Touch 32GB (2nd Generation)

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Price$219.99$289.99$229$299$399

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Price on Amazon$219.99$289.99$214.99$274.95$369.00

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Capacity16GB32GB8GB16GB32GB

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Size / Dimensions4.0 x 2.1 x 0.35 inches4.1 x 2.4 x 0.33 inches

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102.1 x 52.7 x 8.9 mm110 x 61.8 x 8.5 mm

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Weight2.6 ounces4.05 ounces

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74 grams115 grams

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ScreenOLEDLCD

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Screen Size3.3-inch3.5-inch

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Screen Resolution480x272480x320

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Multi-touch NavigationYesYes

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Touchscreen KeyboardYesYes

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Audio Formats SupportedMP3, AAC, WMA, WMA Pro 2-channel, WMA LosslessMP3, AAC, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV

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Podcast SupportYesYes

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RadioHD Radio Receiver Built-inNo

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Image File Types SupportedJPEGJPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), PNG

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Video Formats SupportedH.264, MPEG-4, WMVH.264, MPEG-4

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Video OutputYes, 720p HD (AV Dock sold separately)Yes (AV cable / dock sold separately)

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GamesYesYes

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Wi-fiYesYes

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Internet BrowserInternet ExplorerSafari

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Wireless SyncYesNo

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Wireless StreamingYes, audio only?No

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Wireless DownloadsYes, Zune MarketplaceYes, iTunes Store

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Battery Life33 hours for music, or 8.5 hours of video36 hours for music, or 6 hours of video

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AccelerometerYesYes

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Volume ControlsYes, hardware volume rocker, left sideYes, left side

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Built-in SpeakerUnknownYes

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BluetoothUnknownYes, Stereo (with iPhone OS 3.0)

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Included AppsE-mail, calendar, contacts, notes, clock, calculator, weather, maps, stocks, YouTube

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App StoreYes

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Smart PlaylistsYes, plus Genius feature

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