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Zune Adds HD Radio & Video, Xbox Compatibility

SEATTLE (Hypebot) –
Microsoft announced that it will open its Zune video service to the Xbox LIVE this fall. Microsoft also unveiled its newest portable media player, the Zune HD. Designed to compete with the popular iPod Touch, the Zune HD combines built-in an mp3 and video players, an HD radio receiver, HD video output, an OLED touch screen, Wi-Fi and an internet browser.

More details:

  • Zune HD comes with a built-in HD Radio receiver. Users also will have access to the additional song and artist data broadcast by HD Radio stations as well as additional channels from their favorite stations multicasting in HD
  • The bold touch screen interface allows users to flip through music, movies and other content on a 16:9 widescreen format display (480×272 resolution).
  • The HD-compatible output enables playback supported HD video files from the device through a premium high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) audiovisual docking station (sold separately) direct to an HD TV in 720p
  • Zune HD will include a full-screen Internet browser optimized for multi-touch functionality.
  • Zune HD is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing for instant streaming to the device from the more than 5 million-track Zune music store.

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