Microsoft vs. Apple: Round two – Zune HD hits shelves

The Zune HD, Microsoft’s redesign of its portable music
player, has finally hit store shelves, right on the heels of Apple’s new line
of iPods.Zune HD_low rez

The features are pretty well known by this point:

  • Built-in HD Radio receiver

  • HD video output capabilities (720p)

  • OLED touch screen, allowing you to flip
    through music, movies and other content

  • Wi-fi

  • Internet browser optimized for
    multi-touch

There’s also the addition of an advisor AI called
Smart DJ, which will make suggestions for others songs or artists you might
enjoy. Imagine if Pandora and Apple’s “Genius” had a love child.

Simply enter an artist’s name and it will build a playlist
around that artist – pulling suggestions not only from your own music, but from
the 6 million tracks in the Zune marketplace. (If you’re not a Zune Pass subscriber,
you can still see the songs it suggests, in case you’d like to buy them a la
carte.)

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