Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is betting the pot on the soon-to-launch Zune HD—at least when it comes its own devices. Paul Thurott reports that the company will be dropping the flash Zunes and its high-storage Zune 80 and 120 models for the new touchscreen models that go on sale Sept. 15. In addition to a slicker interface, the Zune HD also features HD Radio, full web browsing and, if you buy the right $90 accessory, HD video output. A little surprising with the emphasis on HD that the line so far is missing the larger capacity models.
Microsoft has been particularly adept at keeping a variety of Zune models in play, both through sales and software updates. I’ve got a query in about what the company will do now with updates for the existing models. (We have four in the household dating back to the original Zune 30 (yes, it’s brown) so not an idle question.)
By Staci D. Kramer