Zune HD

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burntham77

I love my new Zune HD. It took a few minutes to get used to the interface, but it is very slick. The best part for me is how it organizes the Podcasts away from regular Music, which is partly due to Windows 7s new library feature (which is otherwise useless to me). Video looks super, the unit is slim and light, and anyone who sees it is very impressed. 

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Xylogeist

apple just got raped

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xRadeon

They did.

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bbotzong

Was a user of the old Zune since it came out and received my new ZuneHD in the mail Friday. I spent a good bit of time using it over the weekend.

I was in awe of the graphics -- the screen is absolutely beautiful.

Frustrated that you can't drag and drop AVI files, nor is there ANYWHERE on the internet that tells you how. ZuneHD relies on you converting your AVI library to WMV format, a time waster if ever there was one (not to mention wasting duplicate disk space). I was confused because it appeared that it would support AVI and if anyone can tell me how to drag and drop my avi files into the Video folder, please do!

The music playback is great -- good fidelity, good ease of use.

What happened to the SHUFFLE function? I like to play random songs. All I was able to do was play specific artists' songs (alphabetical order which will get old soon), or complete albums. Why no SHUFFLE??

I was amazed at the size of this unit for having 32 gigs of memory. 

The dock unit, which I could never find for the old Zune, has an HDMI interface with digital audio out. Not sure why anyone would go to the trouble of converting a video to WMV and then use a ZuneHD to watch movies, but apparently you can. Maybe they're going for the entire entertainment center thing. The dock does have a remote wireless controller. I just don't see it.

The FM radio has HD built in!! This was really cool. Pretty nicely implemented and easy to save your station list. 

I actually had to read about the picture resizer -- the finger movements on the screen. Wasn't expecting that. Was nice and the zoom is good.

You can browse the internet. I wish it would allow me to stream from my home server directly since it connects to my wireless router. I could not find a way to do that. I like that it pulls in info on what you're playing and you can read Bio's of the group, see pictures, etc. The display screen is very cool. I tried the browser but, in my opinion, another 'so what'. Other than getting info on music, or possibly streaming from Rhapsody or Pandora, eh... Screen is too small, typing is too difficult to make it a computer substitute. I guess if you're in a jam and you're within WiFi range and you have to get on the internet, well, you can. But why?

Games - I played Sudoku and poker while listening to my tunes. Both were cute and entertaining. Not a big selection yet. But it has promise for a diversion as you wait in line, say, at the DMV...

Finally, the Zune Marketplace. Big push for a subscription to stream unlimited songs for about $15 per month (and you get to keep 10 songs FREE!). So I signed up for the trial and it just wasn't easy to use. And, they hit you for 'points' if you want to watch any videos, like a TV show. WTF? I need to continue to explore to see exactly what content is available, but with 32 gigs of music on my device, I doubt if I'll be able to stream a whole lot that I don't already own (that I actually will listen to).

Nice job, overall Microsoft. I hope this is a great success for you.  I've appreciated your support of the old Zune. Every time there was a software update, they provided it to you for free and the support was very good.

 ps... those headphones. I was diappointed in the standard ear-bud type phones included. I rather the cushioned in-the-ear type like the Creative Zen. Don't know why, for the big price, they don't give you decent earphones. But, that's minor.

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xRadeon

"What happened to the SHUFFLE function? I like to play random songs. All I was able to do was play specific artists' songs (alphabetical order which will get old soon), or complete albums. Why no SHUFFLE??"

When your at the now playing screen, not the pop screen where you control the volume, but the now playing screen hit the small button on the bottom left that looks like two arrows. That will shuffle your now playing list. 

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ready4war

Sometime im gonna get a fast puter then download the xna stuff then make a game that i will port TO ALL hardware that can run XNA it will mostly be a action one!! Will be 80 pts so ppl wont burn a hole in their pocket!!!!!!! The xbox 360 and windows will be 3d!

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webhead

This is so close its PAINFUL. But I'll wait for a bigger capacity (for more movies/games), and bigger game/app selection, plus flash support. Once those problems are solved all they have to do is make it a cellphone and they will FINALLY beat the iphone/ipod touch. I mean come on, who doesn't think this would be a sexy ass phone?   

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nsk chaos

im sorry but i prefer to keep my phone and meh music player sparates - this is why i effing h8 the iPhone soz guys...but i do luv teh iTouch a lot XD

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bbotzong

I agree. The more complicated a device, the more things don't work right. It's kind of like those massive security suites you buy for your computer. When they put a zillion functions, many just don't work right. I'd prefer to keep the tunes separate from the phone too.

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bbotzong

I agree. The more complicated a device, the more things don't work right. It's kind of like those massive security suites you buy for your computer. When they put a zillion functions, many just don't work right. I'd prefer to keep the tunes separate from the phone too.

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Magius

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sybert

You guys don't mention the ads that are included with the apps.

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B1ACK.GEZUS

I love the Zune. I have a 120 Black and this one looks even better, but i have 100GB's of Music and i dont know how im going to live with only 16 or 32GB's. Plus i already have and Iphone (even though i hate Apple). So unless they come out with a bigger Zune i think i'm going to have to Pass. I might still Buy it because it looks so Great.

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xRadeon

I've never owned an MP3 player before so this is a huge upgrade. I've been playing the crap out my player and its been great, no issues at all and some of the games are fun and this sound really weird but the calculator is actually really nifty and useful. I just like it all round, two of my co workers got them at the same time I did and they really likes theres as well. I'm trying out the Zune pass right now and it is the best thing ever, I love basically paying 5 bucks to play any song I ever wanted. This is one of the best buys I have made.

A good honest review, thanks Maximum PC! 

 

PS This is a much better review than the Apple Insider one was. To sum that one up, Zune sucks, iPod rocks all hail Steven Jobs. Thats all that one was really.

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djhicks1

and i love it. for the guy asking about the headphones, yes, they're
the same as the original zune. and 32 gb is fine. realistically i'm not
going to listen to 100 gigs of music.

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WFUJay

will it run Crysis?

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gendoikari1

It has the Tegra. Maybe.

 

Also, why aren't these in Canada yet? I don't want to have to drive to Buffalo just to get one, I want it here. With Marketplace support. 

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WFUJay

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whitneymr

You may want 64gigs but I won't consider anything under 100gigs and the ability to play .flac files.

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MuppetMower

The Archos 5 would be great for you. I have one. The only problem is their Quality Control is shit, and so is their customer service. It took me 2 RMAs before I got one without problems. I really like it now. 

I would love to try the zune, but they would need a >60Gb version.

www.game-central.org

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lunchbox73

Not too many to choose from with that capacity.

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LilHammer

I understand it takes a lot of time, research, development and money for all of the aforementioned.  I don't understand how MS can release a PMP with wireless that does not connect to networks that hide their SSIDs and offers no fine-tuning of the settings for any of the network connections... no ability to change the default transmit key, or other parameters.  An MS/Zune spokesperson claimed this was because the wireless standard doesn't support connections to networks with hidden SSIDs and MS was simply doing the compliant thing.

The rep must be mispoken.  I'm sure it's that the wireless standard doesn't REQUIRE the ability to connect to hidden SSID networks.  MS regularly breaks with standards and certainly this is another occasion of double-speak.  XP, Vista, and certainly Windows 7 support all sorts of non-standards/non-compliant paramaters for wireless networks then.  I'm also certain this is just to cover for a product that was rushed out before its final polish, as usual.

Considering the media-centric focus of the XBox 360 and Zune integration, I find it unforgivable that MS doesn't have a Media Center app right out of the box.  I hate Apple but also admit they have brilliant product design.  One of the coolest things about iPod/AppleTV is the ability to remotely control your AppleTV from and iPod Touch or iPhone.  Why bother touting integration when you can't even do something Apple has been doing for years?  I WANT to love hte Zune HD.  I WANT to buy one.  I can't do it though.  I also hope that MS comes around and fixes things quickly to make this the must have player it could be.

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xRadeon

I don't know of anyone now a days that actually disables their SSID broadcast mainly because of WPA, WPA2 and Mac address filtering. I used to do it when the only thing on my router was WEP, but I don't need to do it anymore. Just say'.

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lunchbox73

What are the headphones like? Same as last last gen? Those were pretty darn good imo.

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eday_2010

I really want one of these, but with them not releasing it outside of the US, I can't get one without it being even more expensive than it already is.

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Khaled

add another Kenny G:

only limited to US with no reason. Don't bother visiting the zune originals site from outside US, MS don't like us RoW people 

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Magius

It's the first time in a while that the US gets something this cool first/exclusively.

 

Usually all you guys across the pond get a lot of the cool toys. Yeah, I'm specially looking at you South Korea and stay put Japan, you are next.

 

As for better country, whew, not so sure anymore buddy.

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Modred189

While you are upgrading your PMP, you can also upgrade to a better country!!!!  ;-)

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