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Zune HD customization adds photos, Xbox avatars

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on December 12th, 2010

Microsoft has opened up its Zune Originals customization for custom images. Zune HD buyers can now either upload a photo of their own or use their Xbox Live avatars in one of several poses. They are etched in grayscale and the photos allow four different etch styles.

Either of these options adds $25 to the price and can be combined with any color and is available for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. Microsoft sells players with the special engraving starting at $205 for a 16GB edition all the way up to $375 for a 64GB model. Each model comes with a free power adapter to charge from the PC.

Zune HD gets Live Messenger, new games

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on October 3rd, 2010

Microsoft has given the Zune HD its first significant app catalog update in months and headlined it with Windows Live Messenger. The app is the Zune’s first instant messaging app. It supports most of the same features, like Facebook chat as well as social feeds from Facebook, Flickr and MySpace. It doesn’t really multitask but will change status to reflect currently playing music.

There are also three action and puzzle games, Castles & Cannons, Dr. Optics and WordMonger. Microsoft last gave the Zune HD a major non-game app through the Facebook client in March. It appears that they really are turning their attention more toward Windows Phone 7, which should have much broader app support.

Microsoft hiring hardware designer for possible Zune HD 2

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on September 12th, 2010

A Microsoft job listing suggests that the company may be committing to the design of a Zune HD sequel. The Senior Mechanical Engineer is ostensibly under the phone division but would be working with the Portable Entertainment Group to build “cutting edge mobile devices.”

Details are scarce as to the nature of the hardware, but the team is the same that made the original Zune HD. There is also speculation of a Microsoft-influenced smartphone design or maybe even a portable Xbox gaming console.

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500 Zune HDs headed for United Airlines Asia-Pacific Flights

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on September 5th, 2010

Apparently Zune HD head Dave McLauchlan has been making deals with studios to get tons of movies ready for viewing so that you can do more than stare out your window on flights. 500 Zunes are being provided for long-haul flights to Hong Kong and Australia.

They will preload the devices with exclusive content, including movies that haven’t yet made it to a DVD release. The Zune HDs in question will now been encased in rubber, with their screens protected, and batteries charged.

New Zune HD coming soon?

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on September 1st, 2010

When it comes to design, the Zune HD is one of the best. So we are glad to know that a new version may be in the works. ZDNet thinks that some new Zune hardware is coming soon. We don’t have much in the way of details, but speculation is that it would be packing an ARM CPU with some software tricks from Windows Phone 7.

Whatever the case, we should know by early 2011 as that’s when it would arrive.

Zune HD 64 now available

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2010

We recently had news that the Zune HD 64 would be arriving on April 12th, but the news just got better. The Zune HD 64 is available today, retailing for $349.99 and will come in a range of colors. If you like, you can also get it etched with the Zune Originals artwork or your choice of text message.

So who’s getting a Zune HD 64? Or are you happy with your Apple product? Let us know in the comments.

64GB Zune HD launching April 12th for $350

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on March 31st, 2010

We can’t really say we’re surprised, but Microsoft has announced a 64GB version of Zune HD. This one is arriving on April 12th in the Zune online store, it will hit other retailers later.

It comes on the scene with a few different color options and a $349.99 price tag. The 16GB and 32GB versions will each get a $20 price cut, to $200 and $270. Does this make all of your Zune hopes and dreams come true?

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Zune HD 64 shows up

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2010

The link may not work, but look at that. The Zune HD 64 has made an appearance on the official Zune website. Seems like Microsoft has something they want to tell us.

A 64GB Zune HD, which doubles the capacity of the previous model and means that we have three models to choose from. There’s no further info on it just yet, but as soon as Microsoft wants to stop teasing us and give us some real info, we’ll let you know.

Zune HD2 already on the way?

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2010

Seems like just the other day the Zune HD arrived, but already rumors are circulating about a Zune HD2 that “will be similar to an iPod Touch,” and could ship this year. It could be part of the “Windows Phone 7 Series platform” and run Windows Phone 7 apps.

There’s no word on when we might see this theoretical Zune HD successor, but a Zune with the Windows Phone 7 interface might be just the thing Microsoft is looking for to tie it all together. Hopefully we will hear more about this soon.

Microsoft cuts Zune HD prices to fight competition

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on February 7th, 2010

Over the past few days Microsoft has silently cut prices on the Zune HD through an at least temporary promo. Microsoft’s media player now costs $190 for a 16GB model at Amazon. That’s $32 less than the original price. The 32GB model has also dropped to $250.

Microsoft’s very own store has dropped its prices as well, to $200 for a 16GB Zune HD and $270 for a 32GB edition. It’s looking like a great time to buy a Zune. Walmart and some other retailers are also closely matching those prices on Amazon.

Zune HD Twitter app won’t let you swear

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

Zune HD Twitter app arrives tomorrowSo you have yourself a Zune HD and you’ve downloaded your new Twitter app. You’re looking forward to some sweet HD tweet time. But wait. How come that guy you just called a ^$%bag didn’t get called an %$%bag? That ain’t right.

In a sad turn of events, this app censors bad words. Hey if you want to tweet swear words all day it’s your god given right ya ***head. Besides, if those who follow you on Twitter don’t have a problem with it, who cares? Nice move Microsoft.

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Zune HD Twitter app arrives tomorrow

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2009

Zune HD Twitter app arrives tomorrowSoon you’ll be tweeting and retweeting in glorious HD thanks to Microsoft, who is planning to release a Twitter app for the Zune HD personal media player. The free app will be available tomorrow morning at 9 AM sharp, downloadable via the Zune software on a PC or over a wireless connection.

So at 9 AM you can expect a million tweets of “Got my Zune HD Twitter App…” which will lead to the fail whale, casting darkness over the land of tweet.

Zune HD in magenta and purple on December 1st

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2009

Microsoft Zune HDIf you thought that the Zune HD needed some more color options, well here’s some good news. How does magenta and purple sound? Microsoft’s Zune Store now has options for purple and magenta colors for the player.

The colors will be available on December 1st, which is just in time for Santa to buy one for you. We don’t know if they will be available for both 16GB and 32GB versions, but we hope so. More options are always a good thing.

Zune HD torn up for your (dis)pleasure

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on September 16th, 2009

zunehdteardown-sbI am not sure how I feel about the companies that tear up perfectly good gadgets to show us what’s inside the shiny case. I guess it’s much better than me having to tear into my own gadget out of morbid curiosity.

The gang over at Rapid Repair has torn their shiny new Zune HD asunder for your viewing pleaser, or displeasure depending on how gadget squeamish you are. It appears that that teardown is relatively easy to accomplish and you are sure to void your warranty if you open your own up.

Zune HD arrives tomorrow, save 15 percent at Dell

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2009

Zune HD arrives tomorrow, save 15 percent at DellThe new Zune HD arrives on Tuesday in the U.S., and if you haven’t already pre-ordered from Amazon, just enter the right coupon codes at Dell and you can save $43 on the 32GB model and $33 on the 16GB model.

That’s 15% off with free two-day shipping. It probably won’t arrive by Tuesday, but you’re getting a great deal. So grab your credit card, or fire up your PayPal account and check out LogicBUY for the code.



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