Microsoft launching Zune HD
Microsoft plans to
release a new version of its portable Zune music player later this year
featuring a touch screen, Web browser, Wi-Fi connectivity and
high-definition radio receiver.
The Redmond, Washington-based software giant said late Tuesday that the
Zune HD, Microsoft's rival to the hot-selling Apple iPod, would be
available in the United States before the end of the year.
It did not say how much it would cost.
Microsoft said the device would feature high-definition video output
capability which would allow it to play HD quality video on HD
televisions using a docking station.
Microsoft also said it
was integrating the Zune with its Xbox Live video offerings "bringing an
exciting catalog of TV and film to the platform."
"This marks an important development in the Zune strategy and brings the
Zune brand to more than 17 million international Xbox Live subscribers,"
It said the integration of Zune and Xbox Live would be demonstrated at
next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.