Microsoft 32GB Zune HD Video MP3 Player - END-00002

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I had a 1st gen zune and loved it. but this, this is a whole other level of music. Expample: So you are listening to a song, and you want to go to that ablum. Instead of going all the way back to the home page then looking for the artist, just press the artiest name and BAM! your there. these kind of shortcuts are everywhere that the NEED to be, there not overdosed like on some pmps

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SOUND QUALITY: Zunes have always excelled in this department and the HD is no exception. The highs and lows are both clear and crisp without a hint of distortion. The included earbuds are nothing spectacular, but there isn't anything wrong with them. You can safely plug this mp3 player into a quality set of speakers and you won't be missing a beat. As long as the music file is great quality, you should be in for a good experience with your playing. ------ CONSTRUCTION: The OLED screen is a pleasure to use. The blacks are black, and the colors are vibrant. Although very light, I have not had a single worry as to breaking this device. It has a solid and durable feel to it, even though it weighs next to nothing. I like the design, and find the 2 buttons to be both easy to use, but also hard to bump unintentionally (this is a good thing).------ TOUCHSCREEN: I've heard many find this touchscreen superior to that of the ipod touch/iphone, but I've not spent enough time with those to compare it. What I can tell you is that its responsive and I've yet to have an issue with it misunderstanding my intentions.------ PHOTO-VIEWER: I got this player mainly for the music and sexy screen, but I found that I will be regularly using it to share photos. The photo-viewer is intuitive and powerful, allowing you to easily and enjoyably surf through photographs you've dumped onto the device. The pinch-zoom feature is very simple, and the accelerometer detects the orientation of the Zune, keeping your pictures right-side-up. I found the photo-viewing capabilities to work wonderfully with the default Zune software, making it very easy to view and transfer photos.------ PLAYBACK: The animations during playback mix in the album art, photos of the band, the track information, and the time remaining in an aesthetically pleasing arrangement. Hitting the side-button allows you to adjust volume, advance the track, or pause your music. Playing games or looking through photos does not interfere with the music playback.------ APPS/GAMES: This is supposed to be the biggest fault of the player. At the time of writing (3 weeks after launch), there are still just 9 apps available for download. 2 Utilities (weather/calculator), and 7 games. All of these are free and functional. Honestly, I won't be using this as a gaming platform, but its certainly great for passing time if I'm stuck somewhere and bored. The loading screen for the games has brief advertisements on it... and the device has received a lot of critique for that, but... its a loading screen. It didn't bother me that they put an ad on it, personally.------ VIDEO/INTERNET: The video quality is great, and the internet usage is fine, but I've spent the least time with these features. Syncing the player wirelessly works well, and getting internet was easy. I've yet to be in a circumstance where this would serve as my default video-player or internet device, though.------ Overall, I'm obviously quite pleased with my purchase.

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on 10/4/2009

I had a 1st gen zune and loved it. but this, this is a whole other level of music. Expample: So you are listening to a song, and you want to go to that ablum. Instead of going all the way back to the home page then looking for the artist, just press the artiest name and BAM! your there. these kind of shortcuts are everywhere that the NEED to be, there not overdosed like on some pmps Read More

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Beautiful Screen, Superb Sound Quality

by imbusion on 10/8/2009

SOUND QUALITY: Zunes have always excelled in this department and the HD is no exception. The highs and lows are both clear and crisp without a hint of distortion. The included earbuds are nothing spectacular, but there isn't anything wrong with them. You can safely plug this mp3 player into a quality set of speakers and you won't be missing a beat. As long as the music file is great quality, you should be in for a good experience with your playing. ------ CONSTRUCTION: The OLED screen is a pleasure to use. The blacks are black, and the colors are vibrant. Although very light, I have not had a single worry as to breaking this device. It has a solid and durable feel to it, even though it weighs next to nothing. I like the design, and find the 2 buttons to be both easy to use, but also hard to bump unintentionally (this is a good thing).------ TOUCHSCREEN: I've heard many find this touchscreen superior to that of the ipod touch/iphone, but I've not spent enough time with those to compare it. What I can tell you is that its responsive and I've yet to have an issue with it misunderstanding my intentions.------ PHOTO-VIEWER: I got this player mainly for the music and sexy screen, but I found that I will be regularly using it to share photos. The photo-viewer is intuitive and powerful, allowing you to easily and enjoyably surf through photographs you've dumped onto the device. The pinch-zoom feature is very simple, and the accelerometer detects the orientation of the Zune, keeping your pictures right-side-up. I found the photo-viewing capabilities to work wonderfully with the default Zune software, making it very easy to view and transfer photos.------ PLAYBACK: The animations during playback mix in the album art, photos of the band, the track information, and the time remaining in an aesthetically pleasing arrangement. Hitting the side-button allows you to adjust volume, advance the track, or pause your music. Playing games or looking through photos does not interfere with the music playback.------ APPS/GAMES: This is supposed to be the biggest fault of the player. At the time of writing (3 weeks after launch), there are still just 9 apps available for download. 2 Utilities (weather/calculator), and 7 games. All of these are free and functional. Honestly, I won't be using this as a gaming platform, but its certainly great for passing time if I'm stuck somewhere and bored. The loading screen for the games has brief advertisements on it... and the device has received a lot of critique for that, but... its a loading screen. It didn't bother me that they put an ad on it, personally.------ VIDEO/INTERNET: The video quality is great, and the internet usage is fine, but I've spent the least time with these features. Syncing the player wirelessly works well, and getting internet was easy. I've yet to be in a circumstance where this would serve as my default video-player or internet device, though.------ Overall, I'm obviously quite pleased with my purchase. Read More

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Product Overview

What is Zune?

Instant entertainment you control
Zune is the premium digital experience that gives you access to the latest in entertainment and technology, allowing you to enjoy, connect, and discover content in a whole new way – the way you like it. Browse, stream, buy, and play all you want, including music, HD video, podcasts, games, and much more. Gain the freedom to enjoy your entertainment; Zune is everywhere you are – on your PC, Zune portable player, and Xbox 360® through Xbox LIVE®. Zune brings your content up front, so you’re always in control.

  • HD Radio™ Technology: More Stations, better sound, no fees.
  • HD-compatible Video: High quality video on the go or on your HDTV.
  • Internet Browsing: News, email, traffic? It’s all in your pocket.
  • OLED Touch Screen: Wide view with a special touch.
  • Games: More games, more fun.

    Zune HD

    Portable perfection
    The new Zune HD wireless media player takes you closer and connects you to a whole new world of entertainment. With built-in HD Radio™ receiver, HD-compatible video1, multi-touch navigation, OLED screen, and games, Zune HD delivers the next level in music and video experiences.

  • Zune HD 32GB: Holds up to 10 hours of high definition video, or 48 hours of standard definition video, or 8,000 songs, or 25,000 pictures.

    HD Radio™ Technology
  • The new Zune HD gives you access to many local HD Radio stations with crystal-clear digital sound at no extra cost. Receive additional channels from your local stations and get more of the content you love, including sports, news, and music, in various genres and formats.
  • Like something you hear on HD Radio? Song tagging technology allows you to buy the song if you are connected to a Wi-Fi network or to tag it for later purchase.

    HD-compatible Video
  • Watch HD movies, TV shows, and more on your HDTV directly from your Zune HD. Just connect via the Zune HD&AV Dock to your HDTV (both sold separately) to watch 720p HD video. The Zune HD will also play your videos on the go in its sharp, brilliant OLED screen. Videos on the player are downscaled to fit the screen at 480 x 272 – not HD resolution.

    Quickplay
  • Get instant access to your stuff with shortcuts to favorites, recently downloaded or played music, videos, and more. Quickplay cuts through the clutter and brings up front the content you care about most.

    Games
  • Loaded with multi-touch and accelerometer, the Zune HD player makes portable gaming even more exciting. Download from our catalog of free games and popular titles - play them all to the sound of your favorite music.

    OLED Touchscreen
  • Get instant access to your content with multi-touch navigation. With a 3.3-inch size and vivid 16:9 display (480 x 272 resolution), truer and brighter entertainment is at your fingertips.

    Wireless
  • Zune HD allows you to buy, stream, and update your music – and download free games – wirelessly via a Wi-Fi connection. Feeling entangled? Wirelessly sync your Zune HD to your home PC via your home network. You can also stream millions of songs over Wi-Fi directly to your Zune HD and turn it into a portable digital jukebox.

    Internet Browsing
  • Surf the web anytime, anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection. Enjoy your favorite websites with a well featured web browser, including tap-to-zoom technology, built-in accelerometer, and touchscreen QWERTY keyboard.

    Zune Marketplace

    Shop for music, movies, TV shows, games, and podcasts Download free Zune software to access Zune Marketplace from your PC. Download or stream new music, rent the latest movies, buy TV shows, and watch free trailers and previews – plus thousands of audio and video podcasts. You can also download from our catalog of free games including classic and other popular titles.

  • Create custom playlists based on the artist, album or song you choose with Smart DJ. You’ll rediscover old favorites in your collection and if you are a Zune Pass subscriber, you’ll find new ones from Zune Marketplace.
  • Pick an artist or band, or a song you like, then launch Mixview to find related artists and albums – even like-minded listeners in the Zune community.
  • Zune Channels are custom programmed playlists that deliver music from a variety of expert sources. As a Zune Pass subscriber, Channels will automatically update whenever you’re connected to the Internet.
  • HD movies, TV shows, and more: Rent or purchase from a great selection of video in both high and standard definition. Watch on demand right on your PC or take them to go on your Zune HD player.
  • Buy once, play on multiple screens (coming soon): With Zune, now you can buy a movie or TV shows on your Xbox 360 and download them again to watch and enjoy later on your PC or Zune HD.

    More About HD Radio™ Technology

    HD Radio broadcasting allows FM stations to offer additional channels called HD2/HD3 channels. There are hundreds of new FREE local FM channels across the country giving you more choices. So, you get access to new channels that play more of what you like to hear; more music and talk from the stations you’re already plugged into.

    Crystal-Clear Sound
    Tune into HD FM stations and get CD-quality sound. Say goodbye to unwanted pops, hisses and dropouts with the Zune HD player’s HD Radio receiver.

    No Fees
    There are no subscription fees. Once you’ve purchased a Zune HD, you can get digital FM stations, including HD2 and HD3 channels with more music, sports and news.

    All Your Stations Are Still There
    Zune HD tunes in both analog and HD Radio stations. So you will still get all the FM stations you love plus many more. In total nearly 2000 stations nationwide are already broadcasting a digital HD Radio signal, plus over 1050 HD2/H3 channels.

    It’s not Satellite Radio
    HD Radio broadcasting comes from many of your favorite local FM radio stations broadcasting digitally, producing radically improved sound, and many more HD FM channels.

    Xbox Integration

    Expand your entertainment with Xbox 360® (coming soon)
    Receive instant HD video streaming from Zune on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace. Zune features movies, TV shows, and more in both high and standard definition. Browse and watch from thousands of titles for rent or purchase available instantly through Microsoft’s Smooth Streaming technology. Buy video once and watch on multiple screens: on your Xbox 360, Zune player, and PC. See www.xbox.com/live for system requirements.

    Zune Pass

    Enjoy unlimited music for one low monthly fee
    A $14.99 monthly Zune Pass gives you unlimited access to millions of songs in Zune Marketplace. Download or stream your favorites and experiment with as much new music as you like. Listen whenever you want on up to three PCs and three Zune players, while you keep your Zune Pass active. In addition, each month you’ll receive 10 free song credits to redeem for MP3s that are yours to keep forever.
  • Specifications

    Manufacturer Microsoft
    Mfg Part# END-00002
    SKU 211871833
    UPC 882224858144
    UPC 14 00882224858144
    Sales Rank 43962
    Tech Specs
    Capacity:
    32 gigabytes (GB)
    Up to 8,000 songs, or 10 hours of high definition video from Zune Marketplace, or 48 hours of video optimized for device, or 25,000 pictures
    Color: Platinum Silver
    Size and Weight: Size: 52.7 mm x 102.1 mm x 8.9 mm (w x h x d); Weight: 2.6 ounces (74 grams)
    Battery: Music, up to 33 hours (wireless off); video, up to 8.5 hours, Charge Time: Approximately 3 hours when connected to your PC, approximately 2 hours with A/C adapter
    Screen:
    Size: 3.3-inch OLED color display, 16:9 aspect ratio
    Type: Scratch-resistant glass with touch input capability
    Orientation: Vertical (music) and horizontal (videos)
    Resolution: 480 pixels x 272 pixels
    Wireless: Connectivity: 802.11b/g compatible
    Wireless Sync:
    Yes
    Connectivity: 802.11b/g compatible
    Authentication modes: Open, WEP, WPA, and WPA2
    Encryption modes: WEP 64- and 128-bit, TKIP, and AES
    Audio Support:
    Windows Media® Audio Standard[4] (WMA) (.wma): Up to 384 Kbps; constant bit rate (CBR) and variable bit rate (VBR) up to 48-kHz sample rate. WMA Pro 2-channel up to 768 Kbps; CBR and VBR up to 48-kHz.
    WMA Lossless: 2 channel up to 768 kbps and 48 kHz.
    Advanced Audio Coding (AAC-LC) (.mp4, .m4a, .m4b ) - .m4a and .m4b files without FairPlay DRM up to 320 Kbps; CBR and VBR up to 48-kHz.
    MP3 (.mp3) – Up to 320 Kbps; CBR and VBR up to 48-kHz.
    JPEG – (.jpg)
    Video Support:
    Windows Media Video (WMV) (.wmv) – Main and Simple Profile, CBR or VBR, up to 10.0 Mbps peak video bit rate; 720 pixels x 480 pixels up to 30 frames per second (or 720 pixels x 576 pixels up to 25 frames per second). Advanced Profile up to L2, 1280x720 up to 30 frames per second, CBR or VBR, up to 14.0 Mbps peak video bitrate. Zune software will transcode HD WMV files above stated capabilities at device sync.
    MPEG-4 (MP4/M4V) (.mp4) Part 2 video[4] – Simple Profile up to 2.5 Mbps peak video bit rate; 720 pixels x 480 pixels up to 30 frames per second (or 720 pixels x 576 pixels up to 25 frames per second).  Zune software will transcode HD MPEG-4 files at device sync.
    H.264 video – Baseline Profile up to 2.5 Mbps peak video bit rate; 720 pixels x 480 pixels up to 30 frames per second (or 720 pixels x 576 pixels up to 25 frames per second). Zune software will transcode HD H.264 files at device sync.
    DVR-MS[5] – Zune software will transcode at time of sync.
    Audio Output: Analog Audio Out, Optical Digital Audio Out (requires additional dock, sold separately)
    Video Ouput: HDMI or Composite (requires additional dock, sold separately)
    Radio: Built-in FM/HD Radio
    Ports: Connector port, 3.5mm Headphone jack,
    Languages: English, French, Spanish
    Device and Brand Legal:
    Zune HD player screen shows supported 720pHD videos at 480x272 – not HD. HDTV and Zune HD&AV Dock (both sold separately) are required to view video at 720p HD resolution. Celebrity endorsement not implied.
    Wireless sync feature requires access to a home wireless network. Full song streaming feature requires a Zune Pass subscription.
    Zune player sold separately. An HDTV (sold separately) required to view video at 720p HD resolution. See zune.net
    Zune Pass is a monthly music subscription service; some songs are not available via Zune Pass. Available content may vary over time.
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