Zune HD Video
Zune HD Video Transcript
>> Ina Fried: I'm Ina Fried with CNET News here at the All Things Digital Conference in Carlsbad. One of the things that Steve Ballmer didn't get a chance to talk about too much was the Zune HD that Micro Soft talked about this week. But we have a chance to look at it here and see the menu. So as you can see, the menu looks the same, but the fact that you can touch it is a little different. You know, basically this going after the iPod Touch, so it's some of the same kinds of things you'd expect to see, rotating screen, etcetera. One of the big differences on the Zune HD is the OLED screen, which you see. So, a little bit different, one of the first to use that technology. Another difference is HD radio. For those that don't know, that's an over-the-air radio technology, digital radio. So unlike satellite, no monthly subscription, over the air kind of like FM radio but you get better quality digital. Other thing, you know, supports subscription music, etcetera. It's also got WiFi, so it's a Web browser.
Ina Fried from News.com provides a brief glimpse of the Zune HD portable media player, due out in Fall 2009.
Take a brief glimpse at AT&T's new Home Monitoring Service and the Philips Lifeline, two tools that help caregivers monitor elderly people when they can't be at home with them. CNET News.com's Dawn Kawamoto reports.
At CES 2009, Tom Merritt takes a look at the iRiver P7 portable media player.
Dual-boot XP and Vista: We have step-by-step instructions. You asked, we review the Popcorn Hour A-100 media player. Google Earth. Inside the Internet Archive. Drying wet electronics. Zune giveaway. Your questions from YouTube!
Everybody dance now! Or, you know, do any other type of workout that appeals to you, though dancing definitely wouldn't be a stretch with Sony's latest W-Series Walkman. This week, Jasmine and Donald discuss the usefulness of this sweat-resistant MP3 player-cum-headphones as well as the expeditious availability of the new 64GB Zune. Also, join us for a brief rant about the first two phones set to run the Zune music player software.
On this, the day of the Zune HD, Donald and Jasmine naturally talk about the now-available player and its updated Zune Software and Marketplace, but the day would not be complete without some love for the next-generation Archos 5, a super sweet Internet media tablet with everything but the kitchen sink.
After a marathon Zune lovefest last week, Donald and Jasmine come down with...yet more talk about the Zune! Don't worry: it's just a brief update regarding the Zune HD presale, release date, capacity, and pricing. Oh, and of course we have to mention the three new colors that will be available. Then, it's on to a little third-gen iPod Touch rumor-mongering, followed by a trip down memory lane with some old-school MP3 players with tempting price tags. Finally, we have a mini in-studio rave with the iBlink headphones.
Due to launch on November 14, the Zune is Microsoft's addition to the growing portable MP3 player market. Today, we got the chance to try one out before they hit store shelves.
After months of expectation, Microsoft is finally making its official entry into the portable digital music player market. But how does the Zune stack up technically, and can it challenge Apple's iPod?
At CNET's San Francisco headquarters on Oct. 25, 2006, Microsoft's CEO talked with CNET News.com reporter Ina Fried about the new Zune. Ballmer emphasized the gadget's wireless capability.
Zune HD (32GB - platinum) Review
The good: The Zune HD's brilliant OLED display, HD Radio tuner, long battery life, movie rentals, and subscription music integration finally give iPod expatriates something to shout about.
The bad: You still can't use the Zune with a Mac, Marketplace purchases require "Microsoft Points," video format support is limited, audio quality lacks advanced controls, you'll need to purchase a dock accessory for HD video output, application and game selection stinks, and the recommended music subscription plan puts the real-world cost higher than the iPod.
The bottom line: The Zune HD delivers one of the best portable music and video experiences money can buy. At a time when many people have shifted their focus to games and applications, providing a killer media experience may not be enough for potential Zune buyers.
Zune HD (32GB - platinum) Specs
Part number: END-00002
- Product Basic Spec