Tag Archive for ‘Zune HD’

Zune HD to Get XviD Support ➝

Donald Bell reporting for CNET:

Come Spring, the Zune HD should receive a firmware update providing support for MPEG-4 part 2 Advanced Simple Profile videos, including the torrent junkie’s format of choice, XviD. When pressed on whether DivX support would also be added, our contact explained it was unlikely, because of proprietary restrictions. Also unclear is what range of resolutions will be supported, although we did confirm that the new format support will maintain compatibility with the HD AV dock accessory.

Zune HD Twitter Application Originally Censored Tweets ➝

Engadget’s Nilay Patel reports that the initial Twitter app that launched for the Zune HD not only had poor performance but also censored swear words in tweets.

They have since updated the app to improve performance, although Engadget is stilling seeing “unresponsive buttons, laggy scrolling, and random WiFi disconnects,” but they have removed the censorship.

Honestly, did they really think they were going to get away with this?

In the words on John Gruber:

What a joke.

Previously:
9/17/09:
Zune HD
8/14/09: Zune HD Apps

Zune HD

Zune HD

The Zune HD launched on Tuesday and there has been a lot of good reporting on the launch. I haven’t had a chance to play with either the Zune HD or the Zune desktop software (because I don’t own a PC) but hope to get my hands on them soon.

Nate Anderson reviews the Zune HD for Ars Technica.

Matt Rosoff of CNET takes a look at the Zune HD’s browser:

Regardless of how you’re trying to navigate, the on-screen keyboard seems to require more finger accuracy than the fault-tolerant keyboard on the iPhone (probably because of the smaller screen). The back button is hard to hit–I kept selecting the favorites menu by mistake. Sites are also considerably slower to load, and the resolution doesn’t seem to be nearly as good as the iPhone or iPod Touch, with a noticeable flicker on pages with white backgrounds.

Zune Originals artwork are now available for the Zune HD from the Zune Store.

Electronista reports that Zune 4.0 is available for download and adds 720p HD rentals and applications.

Engadget has found that there are “other touch-screen Zune players” referenced in Zune HD manuals.

Microsoft’s press release sheds some light on the applications we’ll see for the Zune HD:

Zune HD also features new casual games and non-gaming functionality such as a calculator and an MSN Weather application. Later this year, Zune plans to release free applications such as Twitter for Zune and Facebook for Zune, in addition to fun 3-D games such as “Project Gotham Racing: Ferrari Edition,” “Vans Sk8: Pool Service” and “Audiosurf(TM) Tilt.” Games can be added to Zune HD via Zune Marketplace over the Wi-Fi connection or when connected to the Zune PC software.

JuniorTekLive has posted the first Zune HD commercial to YouTube.

Nate Anderson reports for Ars Technica that some Zune HD apps play pre-roll ads during launch:

The ads show up during app launch, which takes an astonishingly long time. Booting Chess took 30 seconds, […] Launching the weather app takes about 8 seconds, the calculator about 9. Goo Splat, which has been showing a static ad this morning for the Soul, launches in about 17 seconds.

Previously:
8/14/09:
Zune HD Apps
8/12/09: Zune HD Coming September 15
7/12/09: Zune HD Marketplace Pictured
5/27/09: Zune HD Coming This Fall

Update 11/12/09: Korneel De Feyter reports that  there have been some additions to the Zune apps Marketplace. PGR: Ferrari Edition, Lucky Lane Bowling, Vans Sk8, Audio Surf: Tilt, and Checkers have all been added. These are the first 3D games to be added to the Zune HD.

Update 12/20/09: Zune HD Twitter Application Originally Censored Tweets

Zune HD Apps ➝

John Gruber reports that he received an email from an iPhone developer claiming to have been offered “a bucket of money” to port his popular Twitter application to the Zune.

I got an email from the developer of an iPhone Twitter client. He was contacted by Microsoft a few months ago, with an offer to port his app to the Zune in exchange for “a bucket of money”. He turned them down, but assumes, as I do, that Microsoft reached out to the developers of multiple popular iPhone apps.

This means that Microsoft clearly does have applications on the roadmap for the Zune. This doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone since it would be hard to compete with the iPod touch, whose killer app is the App Store, without an app platform of your own. What is surprising (but shouldn’t be) is that Microsoft was willing to throw money at the problem by attempting to convince iPhone developers to build for the Zune.

Previously:
8/12/09:
Zune HD Coming September 15
7/12/09: Zune HD Marketplace Pictured
5/27/09: Zune HD Coming This Fall

Update 8/23/09: Zune HD’s “Apps” menu item spotted in the Marketplace, still short on details

Update 9/17/09: Zune HD

Update 12/20/09: Zune HD Twitter Application Originally Censored Tweets

Zune HD Coming September 15 ➝

Zune HD Best Buy Displayer

Gizmodo was recently sent some pictures from a Best Buy employee showing the Zune HD displayer for the store. The displayer clearly shows September 15 as the release date for the device.

This leak comes shortly after another (or possibly the same) Best Buy employee leaked the pricing for the Zune HD, 16GB for $220 and 32GB for $290. Amazon later confirmed these prices when the Zune HD went up on their website for a brief period.

I’m not sure how real consumers are going to react to the Zune HD but if what I’ve read from other websites are any indication, it is going to be a real winner. I still don’t expect the device to sell as well as Microsoft might hope but for those of you who purchase it, I’m sure you’ll love it.

Update 8/13/09: Not only has Microsoft officially announced the September 15 release date, the $220 for 16GB, and the $290 for 32GB pricing , but you can also now pre-order the Zune HD on Amazon.

Update 8/14/09: Gizmodo recently recorded a video demoing the Zune HD’s television user interface. Not only is it beautiful but it is exactly what iPod owners have been asking Apple to build since the fifth generation iPod. It let’s you use a remote to playback media on your television, it’s that simple and yet Apple hasn’t invested the relatively small amount of time toward developing it.

Zune HD Marketplace Pictured ➝

Zune HD Marketplace

The Xbox 360 Program Manager “fitret” has posted a picture of the Zune HD which shows a glimpse of the marketplace, specifically an artist sub-menu for The Hold Steady. there isn’t really much to say about it but it sure is gorgeous.