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Microsoft Confirms All Those Zune HD Rumors

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In what was more a formality than anything else, Microsoft has confirmed details of the Zune HD, most of which everyone knew already.

While there's been rumors stemming from retailers, "people in the know" and anonymous tipsters for what seems like an age, Microsoft has finally stepped up to the plate and confirmed pricing and the release date of the Zune HD, along with some other minor details for those eagerly awaiting the device.

First off, the previously reported September 15 release date was bang on the money. Microsoft also announced that pre-ordering for the Zune HD starts today as well as pricing, which is again, in line with previous rumors: 16 GB and 32 GB models, priced at $219.99 and $289.99.

What we didn't know before is that pre-ordered 16 GB units will come in black and pre-ordered 32 GB units will come in platinum. However, when the device launches on September 15 (Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and of course Microsoft), the player will be offered in five colors. Customers will also have the option of adding one of 10 engravings by guest artists to the back of the device.

Given that pre-orders don't give you the option of choosing your favorite color or adding an artist's engraving, is anyone tempted to wait until September 15, or is that a really girly question on my part? Let us know in the comments below!

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    ljport78 , August 13, 2009 3:39 PM
    But what we really want to know is "Will it run Crysis?"
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    thomasjm52 , August 13, 2009 3:04 PM
    why do people write "BTW who cares" obviously you do cause you read the article then posted a coment you moron!
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    mtyermom , August 13, 2009 2:40 PM
    I am pleasantly surprised by the pricing.
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    icepick314 , August 13, 2009 2:24 PM
    unless that preorder "platinum" color is gone after launch, i'll wait till i have some color and design options....
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    nicklasd87 , August 13, 2009 2:25 PM
    The only thing I want to know is if it will work with any media player...and I doubt it will due to "Zune Marketplace". If Microsoft makes the Zune usable on any media player, life wil be good...
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    thepetey , August 13, 2009 2:26 PM
    I am picking up one of these for sure, anyone looking for a 32gb ipod touch? :) 
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    megahunter , August 13, 2009 2:29 PM
    not so expensive...
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    mtyermom , August 13, 2009 2:40 PM
    I am pleasantly surprised by the pricing.
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    kewl munky , August 13, 2009 2:45 PM
    Damn I saw upwards of $500 for the 32GB model on another site. Surely they will have to do some price drops on the other ones.
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    thomasjm52 , August 13, 2009 3:04 PM
    why do people write "BTW who cares" obviously you do cause you read the article then posted a coment you moron!
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    duckmanx88 , August 13, 2009 3:05 PM
    i want a zune hd but i hate the zune software. Downloaded it yesterday. but i did like that music on there is cheaper than itunes. anyone know if the zune hd will work with that media monkey software?
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    nachowarrior , August 13, 2009 3:16 PM
    yes, it's a really girly question
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    jellico , August 13, 2009 3:24 PM
    I see no real reason to pre-order stuff unless you're getting a really good deal or it comes with something that won't otherwise be available to retail buyers. Typically, the price is a bit lower at Walmart, if only by a couple of dollars, than at other retailers. So why not just keep your money in your wallet (or purse, as the case may be) and keep your options open on release day.
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    ravewulf , August 13, 2009 3:25 PM
    I'm waiting for either A: the price comes down or B: I have more money in pocket. College is not kind to my savings account.
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    ljport78 , August 13, 2009 3:39 PM
    But what we really want to know is "Will it run Crysis?"
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    matchboxmatt , August 13, 2009 3:41 PM
    32GB for $10 less than 16 on the iPod touch?

    I think I'm willing to trade iTunes' app store for that. Not that there would be any apps to use anyway since they're all being kicked out by their insane approval process.

    I'm really excited to see what they can do with the Tegra platform too.
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    anamaniac , August 13, 2009 3:58 PM
    ljport78But what we really want to know is "Will it run Crysis?"


    U can assume it has somewere along the lines of 100MHz SPU and maybe 64MB of RAM... so no.
    But that would be awesome. =D

    ...
    My entire music collection is about 70 gigs... bigger sizes please.
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    IzzyCraft , August 13, 2009 4:01 PM
    Ipod touch vs zunes hd i'd go with zune hd for more memory not like ipod touch has great apps, iphone does the touch does not.
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    Honis , August 13, 2009 4:05 PM
    jellicoI see no real reason to pre-order stuff unless you're getting a really good deal or it comes with something that won't otherwise be available to retail buyers. Typically, the price is a bit lower at Walmart, if only by a couple of dollars, than at other retailers. So why not just keep your money in your wallet (or purse, as the case may be) and keep your options open on release day.
    Don't forget, Best Buy will match Wal-Marts and others online price in store so shop around before you go. I'm probably going to wait a bit for possible bug to be reported and then see if its worth it.
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2009 4:18 PM
    I agree, I need more room, 32gb is not enough for HD video and music. Not to mention games if they ever release anything worth having. My 80gb Zune is fine until they can fix the sizes.
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    RCx240 , August 13, 2009 4:19 PM
    I'm gonna have to give one of these a try when my iPod explod- err, breaks. Yeah.
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    greatgooglymugly , August 13, 2009 4:41 PM
    Good Point Jellico- dont want to end up in a situation like those who dove in blindly and bought Archos.
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    greatgooglymugly , August 13, 2009 4:50 PM
    greatgooglymuglyGood Point Jellico- dont want to end up in a situation like those who dove in blindly and bought Archos.


    In Reference to:

    Don't forget, Best Buy will match Wal-Marts and others online price in store so shop around before you go. I'm probably going to wait a bit for possible bug to be reported and then see if its worth it.

    How ddo you edit posts you have already submitted? I cant find any options to do it. If someone could P/M me it would be appreciated.
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