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A few more images and videos from the recent Best Buy Zune HD unveiling

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What we have here is just a little more teasing which is coming in the form of a few new images as well as two videos from this past weekends Zune HD unveiling that took place at select Best Buy locations.

The images basically speak for themselves, we have one (above) that offers a nice size comparison and the second (below) offers us a glimpse inside the retail packaging. Unfortunately it does not reveal anything terribly exciting. As you would expect there is a fold out sheet of instructions as well as a USB cable and a set of in-ear headphones. The final bit here is that the headphones are the same model that were included with the Zune 120.

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Here is to hoping the 15th of September comes quickly because I for one want my Zune HD.

[via ZuneSpring]

A few goodies that surfaced from this past weekends Zune HD / Best Buy unveiling

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As I mentioned the other day, the Zune HD was being officially unveiled for the public at select Best Buy locations across the US this past weekend. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend myself, but thankfully others have been sharing their experience.

Anyway, here are a few of the goodies that I have found in regards to the past weekends Zune HD festivities. First up, we have the packaging, sure it is not the most exciting thing to show, but without being able to get hands on just yet I will take what I can get.

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Now, moving on to something a little more exciting. We also have video of an "Apps" menu listed within the Marketplace on the Zune HD. Sadly there is nothing really to report on this, aside from the fact that the Zune HD was showing a menu item called "Apps." According to the report that came along with this, the person who took the video was told that an SDK would be available, but needless to say, that was off camera, so it cannot be verified.

Finally, we also have a nice first impression style post that comes courtesy of Zune Thoughts. That post offers more than a few thoughts, but is summed up nicely as;

"No matter what, this definitely appears to be something the Zune team can be proud of. Great stuff."

[via Engadget, Engadget & Zune Thoughts]

Rumor: First leaked image of the Zune 4.0 software

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It would appear as if a first image of the Zune 4.0 software has been revealed. Overall, there is not all that much here, but the image is not what the software currently is.

The image seems to be the now playing screen and it appears to have icons that match what we have seen with the Zune HD interface. So what is your take, is this an image from the new Zune 4.0 software?

[cruleworld's lifestream]

Zune HD continues to honor its Seattle roots

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It is not like I was expecting the "Hello from Seattle" tag to have been left off the Zune HD, but it is slightly refreshing to actually see it.

For those that may have not noticed, the Hello from Seattle branding has been included with every Zune since the original, except now the placement has moved from the back to a slightly more visible spot on the side.

Nice way to show some Seattle pride, not to mention, a nice little dig at the "Designed by Apple in California" branding that is found on the iPod and iPhones.

[Seattle Times via ZuneThoughts]

See the Zune HD up close and personal at select Best Buy locations August 22, 23

6a00d8341c505253ef0120a557bc4a970c-800wiCan't wait to get your hands on a shiny new Zune HD? I know the feeling, and personally I am looking forward to September 15. Well actually September 16 because with overnight shipping that is when my Zune HD (ordered from Amazon) should be arriving.

But looking a little closer to today, the Zune HD is going to be on display at a handful of select US Best Buy locations on August 22 and August 23. Those locations include stores in and around Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, Washington DC, Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and last but not least, Seattle.

Unfortunately for me, the closest location is about a 4-5 hour drive, so it looks like I will be skipping this event. Hopefully at least one is a little closer for your. In the meantime, hit the read link below to see the full store list with dates and times.

Read [Zune HD at Best Buy (.pdf link)]

Zune HD's AV Dock and AV & Power Pack available for pre-order

US_ZuneHD_Device_And_AV_Dock_Logo It would seem as if in all the excitement of the Zune HD being made available for pre-order that I ignored the pricing and availability of the AV Dock and the AV & Power Pack.

First up is the Zune HD AV Dock which is retailing for $89.99. The AV Dock comes with a dock, AC adapter, HDMI cable and AV output cable. Additionally, it also comes with three dock inserts which will allow use with any of the older Zune models.

Next up we have the Zune HD AV & Power Pack which is retailing for $49.99. This pack comes with an AC adapter, HDMI cable and AV output cable.

Both the AV Dock as well as the AV & Power Pack are expected to begin shipping the same day as the Zune HD -- September 15.

Zune HD wallpaper, by way of deviantARTist imrik

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Still looking to get another Zune HD fix before the official release? Well, maybe these wallpapers will help to do the trick.

User imrik from deviantART has released not only a selection of wallpapers that will fit nicely on your Zune HD (once September 15 arrives), but also a few for the desktop.

Hit the links below to check out and download the wallpapers.

[Behance Network and imrik - deviantART via Gizmodo]

Zune HD's HD Radio makes its required FCC appearance

Zunehd-label-1 It is not as if we did not expect to see any FCC listings, especially considering we already have the availability date, pricing and full spec sheet, however it is still somewhat refreshing to see these FCC listings.

Anyway, this listing highlights the approval of the Zune HD's HD Radio. Of course, that does not mean that we are going to be seeing it become available any sooner. Unfortunately, we still have to wait until September 15, which thankfully is now under a month away now. Let the countdown begin.

[FCC via Engadget]

Zune HD pre-order email reveals additional color options

ZUNE081009_originalsEarlier this morning we saw the official press release that detailed the Zune HD availability, however they left us with one (OK, well maybe a few) mysteries.

Anyway, for the purpose of this post, the mystery that I am referring to is in regards to the color options. The press release clearly stated that the 16GB model was available in black and the 32GB model was available in Platinum (silver), and for the pre-order those were going to be the only options available.

Of course, the press release also stated that beginning September 15 we would have a total of five color options to choose from. Except they unfortunately did not tell us which colors. Now thanks to the image in a pre-order email that I received earlier we can see that the Zune HD will be available in blue, green and red as well as the black and Platinum (silver).

Sadly though, that brings up one additional item to ponder -- Are those additional colors (the blue, green and red) going to be limited to either the 16GB or 32GB Zune HD in a manner similar to how the black is currently only available in 16 and the Platinum is only available in 32?

Official: Zune HD pre-orders begin today, available in-store on September 15

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The good news has arrived, Microsoft has officially announced the pricing and availability details for the Zune HD and it looks like that magical date will be September 15 with pre-orders beginning today.

In terms of pricing, according to the official press release, the 16GB model will be $219.99 and the 32GB model will be $289.99.

The models that will be available for the pre-order will include the black (16GB only) and the platinum (32GB only). However, after the initial launch, you will also be able to purchase either a 16GB or 32GB Zune HD at Zune Originals in a variety of five colors with the option to further customize it by adding any one of ten new engravings.

Feature wise, the press release does confirm some of the previously rumored details, but unfortunately does not offer a full spec sheet. That said, what was confirmed is that the Zune HD will feature a built-in HD Radio receiver, HD video output, a 3.3-inch OLED display with a 480 x 272 resolution, built-in Wi-Fi as well as a multi-touch capable full-screen web browser.

Getting back to those pre-orders, they will be available at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and the Microsoft Store. Sadly, at the time of this posting the pre-order links to Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart all linked to "sorry not available" type pages, and the Microsoft Store did not offer anything much better, but on the plus side they did have the 4 and 8GB flash Zune. I guess it looks like I will have to wait until a little later this morning to pre-order my 32GB Zune HD.

Well, it looks like the wait for information is over, now the decision is whether you will get either the black 16GB, platinum 32GB model or hold out for one of the fancier Zune Original models.

Continue on to check out the full press release...

[Zune HD via Gizmodo]

REDMOND, Wash. – Aug. 13, 2009 – Zune HD, the next generation of Microsoft Corp.'s portable digital media player, is available now for pre-order and is set to hit store shelves on Sept. 15. The player, available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, is the first touch-screen Zune and includes powerful playback technology to give you a different way to experience media on the go. Combined with unparalleled PC software and online services such as Zune Pass, Zune provides a rich and meaningful connection to music, videos, podcasts and more.

Pre-order Zune HD in 16GB Black and 32GB Platinum through http://www.zune.net/zunehd from Amazon.com, Best Buy, Walmart and Microsoft. Beginning September 15, at http://www.ZuneOriginals.net, both 16GB and 32GB capacities of Zune HD will be available in five different colors with the option to customize your player with one of 10 new engravings designed by guest artists.

WHAT: With a sleek and stylish design, Zune HD is the first to combine these features:

• Built-in HD Radio™ receiver. Allows you to listen to higher-quality sound than is available from traditional radio channels, as well as access additional programming through HD2 and HD3 multicast channels from many of your favorite local FM radio stations at no extra cost.

• HD video output capabilities. Supports HD video playback from the device through a premium HDMI A/V docking station (sold separately) directly to an HD TV in 720p, making it easy to enjoy better-than-DVD-quality video on your own big screen at home.

• OLED touch screen. Allows you to easily flip through music, movies and other content. The 3.3-inch glass screen and 16:9 widescreen format display (480x272 resolution) offer a premium viewing experience.

• Built-in Wi-Fi. Allows for browsing, streaming or downloading new music from Zune Marketplace.

• Internet browser. Full-screen Web browsing, optimized for the multi-touch screen with zoom-in and zoom-out gestures.

• Accessories, at home and on the road. Zune HD and AV Dock charges and syncs players while playing supported 720p HD videos on HDTVs. Play HD Radio, music and podcasts from your Zune HD device through your car stereo using the Zune Premium Car Pack.

WHY: Pre-order now to be one of the first to experience the new Zune HD's advanced design,innovative technology and rich multimedia capabilities powered by the NVIDIA Tegra™ chip ultra low-power HD processor.

PRICING: Zune HD 16GB: $219.99 (estimated retail price); Zune HD 32GB: $289.99 (estimated retail price)

WHEN: Pre-order starting Thursday, Aug. 13. Purchase in stores on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

WHERE ONLINE: http://www.zune.net/zunehd

WHERE IN STORE: Place a pre-order in person at Best Buy beginning August 16. If you want to sneak a peek, visit select stores in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., areas on August 22 and 23.