Originally Posted by teckstud
They had OLED in 2006? They had radioHD in 2006? They had 720p HD playback in 2006?What planet's website have you been reading?
Try your best to process this.
It's based exactly on Apple's touchscreen, iPod Touch paradigm released over two years ago, with an attempt to distingtuish itself with a couple of features that are simply not enough in 2009, in a market that is already moving away from mediaplayers and toward total device convergence.
I'll repost my earlier comment:
What does the Zune HD offer?
A few applets - weather, a few games, etc. All were thrown and cobbled together by MS, who says it has no plans to open up the platform to developers. “The goal is not to be a fitness device or a restaurant-finding device. It’s to be a great music and video player.’’
Uh . . . actually no. The goal IS to be a fitness device or a restaurant-finding device, along with a great music and video player. Duh!! The goal IS to be a device that does everything and does it reasonably well. Why does MS constantly feel the need to move backward?
You want limited and closed? Look no further than the Zune HD. Makes Apple's rules and regs for the iPod look like open source.
But Apple already
makes great music and video players, which also happen to be great pocket-size personal computers. Add in an ocean of iPod accessories, and you’d need a really good reason to buy any other brand. the Zune HD is a great product . . . three years ago.
Another cool feature. Ads-galore:http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/new...e-roll-ads.ars
And as for 720p playback, the iPod Touch is apparently capable of that. Apple can flip the switch on that little feature any time. Apart from the HD radio (US-only) and the OLED screen, there's no real reason (certainly not enough given what Apple brings to the table) to own one of these things, unless you're a die-hard MS fan (not sure why, but I'll go with it) who had to suffer the shame of using an Apple product and the constant reminders of MS' failures outside the OS realm.
Sorry MS, but this baby is stillborn. Again.