Überraschung: Microsoft Zune HD kommt doch nach Deutschland

16. September 2009 | by Alex Reiger

Microsoft Zune HD

Handfeste Überraschung in Gadgettown: Der Microsoft Zune HD kommt entgegen anderslautender Berichte der letzten Woche nun also doch nach Deutschland. Wie die Redmonder in einer Pressemitteilung (wohlgemerkt still und heimlich am Ende des Textes) bekannt machen, soll die neueste Generation des Mp3-Video-Players für unterwegs nun auch außerhalb der USA angeboten werden. Namentlich wird der Zune HD demnächst auch in Kanada, Australien, Österreich, Belgien, Dänemark, Finnland, Frankreich, Deutschland, Irland, Italien, Holland, Neuseeland, Norwegen, Spanien, Schweden, Schweiz und Großbritannien aufschlagen.

In den USA wird die Neuauflage des bislang deutlich hinter den Erwartungen zurückgebliebenen Zunes seit gestern verkauft – und im Gegensatz zu den bisherigen Ausführungen wird der Zune HD von Kritikern und Testern gelobt. In den Staaten kostet die (schwarze) 16GB-Version 220 US-Dollar (also rund 150 Euro), die „Platinum Edition“ mit 32GB schlägt mit 290 Dollar (also etwa 198 Euro) zu Buche.

Laut den amerikanischen Marktforschern der NPD Group dominiert Apple den globalen Markt der MP3-Player mit einem Marktanteil von mehr als 70 Prozent. Microsofts Zune kam im ersten Halbjahr in den USA gerade mal auf zwei Prozent.

Zu den technischen Details des Zune HD: Der Zune HD ist deutlich günstiger als der Rivale Apple iPod Touch, den Microsoft schließlich mit dem Zune HD im Visier hat – die 32GB-Version des neuen Zune ist gar über 100 Dollar billiger als der vergleichbare iPod.

Zudem verfügt der Digital-Unterhalter aus Redmond über ein 3,3 Zoll großes OLED-Touchscreen-Display im 16:9-Format mit einer Maximalauflösung von 480 mal 272 Pixeln. Videos kann die neue Zune-Generation in HD-Auflösung (720p) abspielen.

Im Inneren werkelt der Nvidia-Smartphone-Chip Tegra. Zur Akku-Leistung bzw. -Laufzeit macht der Hersteller bislang keine Angaben.

Außerdem fällt beim MS-Spaßmacher ein HD-Radio-Receiver auf, der den Empfang von Radiosendern in Spitzenqualität ermöglichen soll. Ins Internet geht man mit dem Zune über WLAN/Wifi – wenn es nach den Redmondern geht, sollen Zune-Nutzer den Web-Zugang insbesondere zum Einkauf beim eigens gelaunchten MS-Online-Shop „Zune Marketplace“ nutzen.

Der Ende 2006 erstmals präsentierte Zune konnte bislang erst drei Millionen Exemplare absetzen – was mitunter auch daran liegen könnte, dass der Vorgänger des Zune HD den Sprung über den großen Teich nie geschafft hat.

Lassen wir uns überraschen, wie sich der neue Zune international verkaufen wird.

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*** techPR Press Release
REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 15, 2009 — Zune, Microsoft Corp.’s end-to-end digital entertainment service and media player, today announced significant advancements for consumers. The new Zune HD touch-screen media player is now available at retail, and a powerful update to the Zune PC software is free for download. For the first time, standard- and high-definition (HD) movies can be purchased or rented1 through the Zune Marketplace online store, and a new streaming music service on Zune.net lets Zune Pass subscribers listen to music from a Web browser. The updates to the Zune hardware, software and online services released today, combined with a new Zune video offering on Xbox LIVE coming later this fall, bring customers instant access to their favorite music and videos anywhere,2 across their mobile device, PC and TV.
The new Zune HD goes on sale today, featuring touch-screen capabilities, TV output and more. The Platinum Zune HD is shown here.
The new Zune HD goes on sale today, featuring touch-screen capabilities, TV output and more. The Platinum Zune HD is shown here.
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“With today’s announcement, the Zune business is growing into a comprehensive entertainment service that’s no longer tied to any one screen or device,” said Enrique Rodriguez, corporate vice president of the TV, Video and Music Business at Microsoft. “Zune lets consumers connect to their music, TV shows and movie content and enjoy it on the three screens they use every day.”

Zune HD: Next-Generation Digital Entertainment

Zune HD marks a significant step forward for portable media players, combining powerful hardware components such as an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) multitouch screen, an NVIDIA Tegra HD processor and HD Radio capabilities with software advancements such as the new Quickplay menu, a well-featured Web browser, and engaging music and video playback features to deliver a new portable listening and viewing experience. Quickplay is a new signature menu for Zune, putting customers one touch away from the content they love, such as favorites, last played items and media most recently added, eliminating the need to dig through menus to find the music, videos, pictures or podcasts they want.

With Zune HD, consumers now have the ability to store and play back 720p HD video files to an HDTV using the new Zune HD AV dock accessory. Consumers can buy or rent HD content from the Zune Marketplace, sync that content to a Zune HD device, and take it with them to play back on a large-screen HDTV in the home or on the road.

Every Zune device currently includes a built-in FM tuner, and now the Zune HD device offers the first portable HD Radio receiver on a Wi-Fi-enabled device. With HD Radio, listeners experience crystal-clear sound on more than 2,000 stations in the U.S. and have access to more than 1,000 stations that simulcast content in a variety of formats, from adult contemporary to news talk. Zune HD users can also tag songs they hear on supported HD Radio stations for purchase immediately if in a Wi-Fi hot spot, or complete the purchase later when using the Zune PC software.

Zune HD also features new casual games and non-gaming functionality such as a calculator and an MSN Weather application. Later this year, Zune plans to release free applications such as Twitter for Zune and Facebook for Zune, in addition to fun 3-D games such as “Project Gotham Racing: Ferrari Edition,” “Vans Sk8: Pool Service,” and “Audiosurf Tilt. TM” Games can be added to Zune HD via Zune Marketplace over the Wi-Fi connection or when connected to the Zune PC software.

Zune HD is available from major retailers with a black 16GB version for $219.99 (estimated retail price) and a platinum 32GB version for $289.99 (ERP). Additional red, green and blue devices are available in both capacities from Zune Originals (http://www.zuneoriginals.net), where customers can also customize the back of the Zune HD device with art and text etchings to create a unique Zune.

“Our research indicates that there’s strong consumer demand for dedicated media players and Zune HD offers visible differentiation in this market,” said Michael Gartenberg, vice president of strategy and analysis at Interpret LLC. “Microsoft is also offering some compelling software and services with the Zune ecosystem that will help Zune HD stand out from other offerings.”

Greater Access to and Control of Music and Videos

Zune is also refreshing its free Zune PC software with new discovery and recommendation features, such as Quickplay and Smart DJ, that help users find and play digital content. The Quickplay menu available on the device is also featured on the PC software, allowing favorite content to be displayed along with most recently played and added music, video and podcast content.
A new Zune software feature, Quickplay, offers one-touch or one-click access to recently added, played and favorite content on the home screen of Zune HD or PC.
A new Zune software feature, Quickplay, offers one-touch or one-click access to recently added, played and favorite content on the home screen of Zune HD or PC.
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The new Smart DJ feature showcases the power of the Zune software and services by creating endless playlists using any artist, album or song as the starting point. For Zune Pass subscribers, Smart DJ will queue song recommendations from both the customer’s collection and from more than 6 million tracks in the Zune Marketplace. Nonsubscribers will get Smart DJ recommendations from the user’s music collection. Movies make their way into the Zune PC software this fall for rental and purchase. Users can watch movies in the Zune PC software with a full-screen viewing mode or sync them to Zune HD for viewing on the go. Many titles are available in HD and standard definition, with additional titles making their way into the catalog in coming months.

Streaming Music, On Demand

Now as Zune Pass subscribers, not only can customers enjoy access to close to 6 million songs from the Zune Marketplace catalog for $14.99, the price of one CD a month, but they can also log into Zune.net and stream full albums and tracks through a computer’s browser. Customers will also find the Smart DJ feature on artist pages in Zune.net, which means they are one click away from starting an endless playlist to keep them rocking through the day.

The Zune Service Extends Across Microsoft Platforms

Later this fall, Zune video will expand to nearly 20 million Xbox LIVE users, combining the Zune and Xbox video stores so consumers have access to more content provided by Zune. With unified video catalogs on Zune and Xbox LIVE, customers will have the ability to play purchased movies and TV shows across Xbox, the PC and Zune HD. Zune will also be introducing new technology enhancements in Xbox LIVE, providing a choice to download or instantly stream HD video in full 1080p with 5.1 surround sound. In addition, the integrated Zune video service will be rolled out later this fall to 17 international markets: Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.3 More information on Zune and related images is available at http://www.zune.net/press.

About Zune

Zune is Microsoft’s music and entertainment brand that provides an integrated digital entertainment experience. The Zune platform includes a line of portable digital media players, elegant software, the Zune Marketplace online store, the Zune Social online music community created to help people discover music, and the ZuneOriginals.net online media player customization store. Zune is part of Microsoft’s TV, Music and Video Business in the company’s Entertainment and Devices Division and supports the company’s software-based services vision to help drive innovation in the digital entertainment space. More information can be found online at http://www.zune.net/en-us/press.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

1 Available video resolution will vary by content and by platform.

2 Zune Marketplace for PCs and devices is available in the United States and Puerto Rico.

3 Ability to receive instant-on 1080p with 5.1 surround sound streaming content on Xbox 360 will vary by international market and will require an HDMI cable, HDCP-compliant 1080p display and 3Mbps broadband speed.

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Kommentare (7)

  1. […] Dieser Eintrag wurde auf Twitter von Roland Hofmann. Roland Hofmann sagte: happy that Zune HD is now coming to Europe ! http://bit.ly/3ON3N […]

  2. Tine Walter says:

    also wenn der neue zune ebenso globig ist wie der zune, den ich im frühjahr im urlaub in den usa gesehen haben, dann gute nacht. gegen den ipod hat der mp3-player von ms keine chance!

  3. […] P.S.: Entgegen anderslautender Berichte der letzten Woche kommt der Zune HD übrigens doch auch nach Deutschland. […]

  4. lightOn says:

    Liest die Nachricht von Microsoft nochmals GENAU durch..
    Der Zune Video Service für die XBOX wird in genannten Ländern eröffnet, nicht der ZUNE HD vertrieben

  5. Larcos says:

    Leider wurde da wohl was falsch verstanden.
    NUR der Videoservice von Zune soll in den genannten Ländern erscheinen, NICHT der Zune HD.

    Aber, dass soll mir egal sein, ich hab einen und kann nur sagen, dass es wohl der beste Player ist den ich bisher hatte. (Und ich hatte einige)

    Gruß

  6. caverslaw says:

    nur der Zune service kommt macht deutschland, der zune musik player bleibt uns vorenthalten. den hat aber auch keiner vermisst.

  7. Schade says:

    Wirklich Schade, dass nur der Service nach Deutschland kommt. Ich hätte diesen Player wirklich gern erworben, es ist einfach nur ein hammergeiles Gerät, und dass, obwohl ich Microsoft nicht besonders mag. Großes Lob an Microsoft, Apple hat bei der Soundqualität noch einiges nachzuholen

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