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Old 05-26-2009, 08:53 PM
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The cat's out of the bag on the Zune HD, with Microsoft confirming the handheld media device's existence and it's intent to go touchscreen-to-touchscreen with the iPod Touch this fall. Our technomigos at Engadget have full details on the new Zune -- including word that Microsoft is doing away with the current Xbox Live video marketplace in favor of the Zune marketplace.


How this will work exactly won't be fully revealed until E3, where Microsoft promises that attendees will learn "how Zune integrates into Xbox LIVE creating a game-changing entertainment experience." This integration could very well be related to the hinted-at 360-Zune team-up we posted about last December.

Still, the announcement does bring up some interesting questions in the meantime. Chiefly among them: Will video content purchased on one device be playable on the other and vice-versa? Microsoft isn't saying, although that would make perfect sense. Also, the Zune marketplace offers an extensive catalog of downloadable songs -- could this be an indication of an iTunes-like music service debuting for 360? Microsoft's press conference has just become more unpredictable.
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Update: The Guardian reports that Microsoft told it to expect movie, TV and music downloads via the Zune marketplace on 360. In addition, a subscription service like (or one and the same to) Zune Pass will likely be offered to Live users, allowing them unlimited song playback and 10 song downloads a month for a set fee. Final details are expected to be announced at next week's E3.

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Old 05-26-2009, 08:56 PM
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please let it be a phone as well. ( I can wish right)
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:21 PM
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I read they are working on a phone with Verizon. I posted the news at midnighters site under gadgets, click the darkfalz link in my sig to get to his site.
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im totally psyched for this. i've been wanting a more functional/flashy mp3 player then my 80gb zune, and this looks like it'll fit the bill nicely. i would get an ipod touch but i cant go without the zune subscription pass
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Don't care at all about the Zune, but I'd be all over a music store on my 360.
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Does it have Rolando?
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Hopefully this means that we will finally be able to rewind and fast forward songs... maybe they're make the music player more like the one on the Zune too where it shows information on the more popular artists. Anyway it's good to see Microsoft finally do this (I've been suggesting it for a while now), and hopefully they will push the Zune HD more as a gaming platform so we can see more connectivity with the 360... the next step is introducing XBLA to the Zune...
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if they make a Zune phone and it has games my iPhone will become doorstop
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This could be nice, depending on the details. I doubt I will drop my BlackJack or iPod for this, but the more options there are for the consumer the better.
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I am really looking forward to this. I love the zune and the marketplace. I don't think I could ever go back to paying for one song at a time and any integration with the 360 I am all for.
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