Zune Touch: Too Little Too Late, iPod Touch HD is Coming

zunetouchAs usual, Microsoft seems to be playing catch, this time it’s with Apple. Rumor has it, Microsoft is going to be announcing their Zune Touch, which is supposed to compete with the iPod Touch. OK, so first of all, couldn’t they come up with a better name? Second of all, I do believe Zunes will never compete with iPods.  More importantly though, seems like Microsoft has missed the boat, again!

Since we are talking about the Zune Touch rumor, let’s look at what current rumors there are about Apple’s next line of iPod Touch. OK, sit down Bill, the next gen iPod Touch, according to some serious and unofficially confirmed rumors,  will not have a 3.5′ screen like the current one. Nope, not 4 or 5 either. Depending on who you ask, the device will boast either a 7′ or 9′ screen.


You heard right! Apple is going to be releasing an iPod Touch HD. It will be a gigantic iPod (obviously it will be more like a tablet device than an iPod) with all the amazing advantages of an iPod Touch, including its OS, accelerometer, and most importantly the App Store. According to Arrington, we have no info on pricing but it is expected to go for significantly more than the $400 32GB iPod Touch.


So what do I mean when I say these rumors are unofficially confirmed? Well, Techcrunch has 3 independent sources for this scoop, including one that has supposedly held the device. That’s good enough for me! Does the thought of an MP3 player with a 3′-4′ touch screen, made by Microsoft, still excite you?



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68 thoughts on “Zune Touch: Too Little Too Late, iPod Touch HD is Coming

  1. I honestly don’t want a 7′-9′ screen on a portable media player… making the screen that large kind of defeats the whole “portable” part… The screen for the Zune 80 and 120 is perfectly fine in my opinion… not to say that the pics of the above Zune HD!… not touch… look great… ’nuff said

  2. Why would you want something so big and sensitive to touch in your pocket for god knows how long? Thats a real easy way for Mac to get a fortune through applecare or whatever you have to use to get anything made by Mac fixed. Its like they’ve reversed the chip race: instead of competing to make technology smaller and smaller, we’re backtracking and going in the complete opposite direction. Next thing you know we’ll have 12″ touchscreens that fold up in the pocket. They’ll be called Igantics.
    FYI, you said its 7- 9 FEET long. 7’=Feet. 7″= Inches.

  3. Zune phone! It maybe becomes a competetor to iPhone in the furture.The world need new things to breakthrough. It is just a beginning. Waiting for its new performance!

  4. How can Microsoft surpass Apple when they copy Apples ideas. LOL Apple has to come out with the product first so Microsoft has something to work off.

  5. I am not anti-Apple, but they do not invent much. They take existing ideas and market/package them well. Apple do make a good product, but they are hardly inventive. BTW, until the iPod touch, the Zune was a much superior player. The most significant problem any Apple competitor has is the App Store. A 7 to 9 inch screen model will not replace an iPod Touch or Zune. What part of portable is that difficult to understand? It would be a nice supplemental product, though.

  6. To whoever wrote this, please learn how to write an unbiased report. That was pathetic anti-microsoft propaganda and utterly worthless.

  7. Zune HD will win easily if it has a lower initial price. I still haven’t bought an iPod Touch because I can’t shell out $300 dollars for an mp3 player.

    And a World of Warcraft app wouldn’t hurt 🙂

  8. i am a zune owener and i love my zune they are so much easyer to use than ipods and even the 30gp has a biger screen then most ipods

  9. I love how people take sides with a company they don’t even fully know.

    To start off,
    Apple products are cheap, enough said. Most of the effort goes into making their products is just deciding, “How can we make this look cheesy and classy?”. For example, an Ipod that was given to me (I would never buy one, honestly) had water damage to it, so I attempted to open it up and repair it. Well, just as I would have expected, unscrewing the device does absolutely nothing, as there are no circuits underneath, just more plastic that has to be broken to get to the inner workings. I’m going to smash this worthless piece of junk as soon as I get my hands onto something more dependable, like Microsoft. They purposefully sacrifice power and dependability for beauty (Although I still find the products unattractive).

    My second point is how they strictly control their customers. Do you really know who makes all the apps for the Iphone? Apple makes all of them. And guess what? If you want to make an amazingly useful app, you must pay Apple a nice large sum of money just to get the rights to even do so. Oh yea, one more thing, Itunes is a JOKE.

    Know your facts, consumers.

  10. If you’d like to complain about the Zune, then go right ahead. I, for one, rather enjoy the ease of setup and the very intuitive and user friendlyness of the Zune.

    I was able to have my Zune 8 Gig out of the box and up and running in about fifteen minutes. The 8 Gig iPod I bought for my Mom has taken hours.

    The user interface takes a lot of getting used to and you aren’t able to really get it to look where you want for music and videos without a lot of fiddling.

    There is also the issue with converting videos for playback as they need to be converted. I started this process for 28 music videos at 1515hrs and it is currently 1610hrs and a total of5 videos have been done.

    The Zune did over 200 videos in less than 20 minutes.

    As much as I like the fact that the iPod has more options the ease of setup and use of the Zune is much better and I’m looking forward to the ZT when it arrives.

  11. who ever wrote this might wanna check what the word portable means .who wants a 7-8 inches screen . and fyi apple already created that. it is called an ipad.what the heck is zune touch ?it is called zune hd.

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