Microsoft unveil Zune HD – still not sexy

Gadgets, MP3 players

Zune-HD.jpgMicrosoft has announced the arrival of the Zune HD, portable media player. The new Zune will aim to be a web surfing, digital radioing, multi-touch screened thorn in the side of the smug iPod touch.

Boasting a yummy 3.3 inch OLED screen (with 16:9 ratio) and HDMI output, it looks like Microsoft are finally getting serious about taking on Apple’s iPod, although no comment was made as to the capacity or pricing of the new Zune.

You’ll be able to use the Zune to watch 720p HD video on your HDTV too, which is pretty neat. But looking at the release pictures, it doesn’t look like the Zune is going to rival the iPod in the sexyness stakes. Although an improvement on the original Zune which was undeniably hideously proportioned, the new Zune is still far from sexy.

Think of it as going from Nora Battie to Sonia Jackson – it’s only a bit better.

Microsoft might have done better by spending all the money they’ve splashed on developing the Zune HD trying to tempt Jonathan Ive to go over to the dark side. Sorry, did I say dark side, I meant Microsoft, easy mistake to make.

(Via TechTree)

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  • If they gave it the Joy Division makeover again, that would definitely be appealing.

  • Have you ever held a Zune in your hand, or seen one in person? They’re immensely attractive. Just because they’re not built of white plastic doesn’t make them ugly.

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