Zune HD, Microsoft have lost it


Well, as repeatedly predicted on here, we have the Zune to take on the world. And they haven’t put a phone in it!


  • Wi Fi internet access.
  • Widescreen multitouch OLED screen (nicer display technology).
  • HD Radio.
  • Video and music playback.
  • USA market only.
  • Uses Xbox Live.
  • Downloadable games.
  • Web browser based on Internet Explorer.
  • Accelerometer.
  • HD video out.
  • Available for Q4 ’09.
  • Flash memory (no hard drive).

It looks nice and has nice features but Microsoft have lost it. We are at a time when the number of pocket devices we carry is reducing as the features integrate into one piece of equipment. And the Zune HD is behind the market. No camera and no phone, who will want to carry that around? Meanwhile the iPhone and Google Android phones offer a far better real world ownership proposition.


  1. Love your site Bruce, but I’ve got to disagree with you here. I think it’s absolutely brilliant to market the new Zune with this list of features. It easily makes it the premiere portable media device to own.

    If you can connect to your XBox Live account, imagine the possibilities. I can watch streaming movies on my Zune via my Netflix account. You might be able to play games you have already purchased on XBox Live on your Zune.

    I see this device competing more with the PSP and Touch. Because quite frankly I’m more interested in my media. I want an MP3 player that doesn’t continually disrupt my music when I get incoming calls or text messages.

    I want a media device that I’m not going to pay an arm and a leg for because it has a phone too. This is a great alternative and something that can be marketed to existing XBox Live users.

  2. they fought a war they could not win microsoft deserves to be destroyed

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