Thanks to an inadvertent leak on Microsoft's Zune site, we had a pretty good idea that a 64GB model was coming, we just didn't when or for how much. With the cat out of the bag, Microsoft has gone ahead and issued a press release answering those questions, and more.
"We're excited to share that Zune fans will be able to purchase a new 64GB capacity of the popular Zune HD device for $349.99 starting April 12th through ZuneOriginals.com," Microsoft said. "By increasing the capacity to 64GB, users will be able to take up to 16,000 songs, or 20 hours of high definition video from Zune Marketplace, or 25,000 pictures on the go!"
The upcoming release isn't just good news for Zune fans interested in higher capacities, but Zune fans in general. That's because Microsoft has dropped the prices of the 16GB and 32GB models by $20 each to $200 (16GB) and $270 (32GB).
With Easter a little less than a week away, it looks like Microsoft is prepping a new Zune HD player just in time for the holiday, even if you weren't supposed to know about it.
On the Zune's homepage, Microsoft's web monkeys have added a listing for a Zune HD 64. Click on the link, however, and you won't get very far - it brings up a "page not found" error rather than a new product page for a Zune HD sporting twice the amount of storage as the current flagship model.
If we had to guess, we'd say the link will go live fairly soon, though don't expect any hardware changes beyond the bump in capacity. That's not a bad thing, as the Zune HD comes comprised of an Nvidia Tegra chipset, 3.3-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, and a pretty slick UI.
Since there hasn't been an official announcement yet, there's obviously no word on pricing. As a point of reference, however, the 32GB Zune HD runs $240.