Zune - HD 16GB* MP3 Player - Black
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16GB* internal flash memory
Stores up to 5 hours of high-definition video, up to 22 hours of standard-definition video, 25,000 pictures or 4,000 songs.**
Measures just 0.4" thin so you can take it wherever you go.
Include MP3, WMA and AAC audio formats, plus WMV, MPEG-4, HD MPEG-4 (with included transcoding software), H.264 and DVR-MS video formats and JPEG image formats for flexible playback options.
3.3" OLED color display
With 480 x 272 pixels and 16:9 aspect ratio. Scratch-resistant glass and touch-screen QWERTY keyboard for added convenience. Turn the Zune vertical for music features and horizontal for picture and video features.
FM/HD radio tuner
For listening to your favorite HD radio stations (HD Radio delivers CD-quality sound from compatible stations in areas where HD Radio is available). Song tagging technology allows you to tag songs for purchase.
802.11b/g wireless connection
Allows you to buy, stream and update your music, as well as download free games. Wirelessly sync your Zune HD to your PC via your home network. WEP, WPA and WPAZ encryption for wireless security.
Browse the Internet on the go anywhere there is a Wi-Fi connection. Features tap-to-zoom technology, and a built-in accelerometer.
For easy downloads.
HDMI-out and composite-out connectivity with optional dock (not included)
Lets you view movies and video on a TV or monitor.
Provides up to 33 hours of music or up to 8.5 hours of video.
*Formatted capacity may vary. **Results will vary based on file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors.
- Microsoft Zune HD 16GB* MP3 Player
- 3 pairs of foam earpiece covers
- Zune sync cable
- Owner's manual
- Storage TypeFlash memory
- Music Service CompatibilityZune Marketplace
- PlaysForSure CompatibilityNo
- Headphone TypeHeadphones
- Graphics ChipNVIDIA
- Touch ScreenYes
- FM tunerYes
- HD radio tunerYes
- Color CategoryBlack
Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 198 reviews(198 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Impressive as expected.Posted .
I am a previous owner of the Zune 8 and despite what a lot of people have to say, it was a very impressive MP3 player for its price. It included an FM radio, a track pad, simple interface and the wifi was a nice touch. The Zune HD defiantly does it's job at bulking this up, sporting a touch screen, HD radio, and a beautiful OLED screen with a slick interface. The first thing anyone will notice when they use a Zune HD would have to be the OLED screen. Anyone who's done research on this type of screen will know the advantages it has, and why it's right off the bat, an amazing reason to buy a Zune HD, especially if you plan to watch movies. The color depth is unprecedented, and unlike LCD's with a back light, can achieve true black. It's not angle or light sensitive, so it looks beautiful even in the middle of a sunny day. It's also very low powered and this is vital for improving battery life, which the Zune HD defiantly does. The touch interface is a nice touch, however if you have greasy fingers or don't like smudges on the screen, it would probably be best to avoid anything like this because it's pretty inevitable. Almost drives me insane at times, but I'm getting past it. The touch interface is very responsive and the accelerometer is significantly faster than the iPod Touch. Upon first using the Zune HD though, you will probably find the interface difficult to get around because you're sort of expected to know some stuff that is never pointed out or in any sort of documentation. Example: A lot of menus do not have a back button, you're expected to know that touching the zoomed up text at the top of the screen flies you back to the previous menu. You quickly get the jest though after using it for an hour or so. Despite Microsoft hinting to us that there wouldn't be any apps for the Zune HD, we are rewarded with a menu specially for Zune HD Apps both in the Zune HD and in the Zune Software. The problem? At the moment we don't have much more than we originally had on the past generation Zune, and if it turns out anything like the past generation Zune, we probably wont get much more. The Zune focuses on media like the iPod Touch does apps, and vice versa. The menu system is very fluid and easy to get around, but as stated before, you need to play around with it to get used to it. The side menu is nice, but I've not personally used it to much yet. You will definantly get a kick out of the sleek menu transitions which are fast enough to never get in the way, but subtle enough to make using the Zune HD just feel very powerful. Unlocking the Zune HD from it's locked position involves pulling a shade from the bottom up to the top, which is nice to show off the touch interface. You can change the picture on the shade, I would've liked to at least have more options to unlock. Not only is this really similar to the iPod Touch, but at the same time, it feels like a really big hand gesture to just quickly jump in and jump out of the Zune HD. This usually leaves me not bothering to lock it. Fortunately you can click the button on the side and access media controls while it's locked, and the side button is firm enough that it wont accidentally click in your pocket. When pressing that, it wont unlock the Zune HD, but it will bring up the same controls you use throughout the Zune to flip songs, pause, and change volume. This button calls the menu irregardless of where you are in the Zune, so it's a lot nicer than the original Zune which only let you change this whenever you backed all the way out to the "Now Playing" screen. When speaking of locking the Zune though, I would have much rather had the lock switch on the top. The button at the top is nice, but nothing beats the physical snap of a lock switch in my opinion. The battery life for Zune has significantly jumped over it's previous models. Despite the sleek menu fades and animations, intuitive interface and the large beautifully vibrant screen, it manages to save a lot of power via the OLED, and the battery life is boosted to over 33 hours of music and over 8 hours of video. (Significantly higher than even the previous Zune models.) However wifi still remains a problem for battery life. If you're using the built in web browser or streaming off the marketplace, you'll find your battery life dwindling in front of your eyes. One major thing the Zune family will always have in my favor, is the Zune Pass subscription. I love to listen to a lot of new music and for $15 a month, I get to download and stream unlimited amounts of music, and keep 10 songs I choose, DRM-Free each month. This is a significant advantage over anything iPod has, especially since the marketplace for the Zune Pass is available on the Zune HD through wifi. I think this makes the Zune HD a very obvious choice for anyone who loves to listen to a lot of music but doesn't want to buy thousands of songs for a dollar a piece. All and all, the Zune HD is a very impressive piece of hardware. For 16GB's at only $220 and 32GB for only $280, it defiantly shows a lot of potential in capturing the premium music and media enthusiasts. As long as Microsoft plays their cards right, it should do very well. I would HIGHLY recommend the Zune HD to friends and I already spread the word of Zune to everyone I know. The playing field is even now, it's just a matter of personal preference.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Most Durable Touchscreen Device In The World.Posted .
I have had my Zune HD for over a year now, and it has never failed on me. It is amazingly simple and easy to use, but lacks features, especially apps. A good choice if you only want to listen to music, because it has very good quality. Also has a very good battery, I only charge it every 2 weeks. Not much of a playtoy, get an itouch for that. My only problems are the price and that the touchscreen doesn't work well when flat. Oh, and no speaker. I also found that internet is quite slow.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The sickest mp3 yet and still more to comePosted .
Definitely the best pmp in the market right now for price storage and featurewise. Yes the ipod is 200 dollars but id rather pay 20 more for something so much better and twice the memory. Not only is the Zune sexy its just you cant seem to put it down once you pick it up.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Awesome enough to impress an Apple fanPosted .
One word........WOW.....I want people to know that I am an avid Apple fan. I have owned an iPod Classic and an iPod Touch, and I would never substitute my MacBook Pro for anything. After great consideration, I opted for the Zune HD rather than the 3rd generation iPod Touch. True, I had access to all 200,000+ apps in the App Store and my iTouch was in all sense a portable computer, I had even jailbroken it and was able to play all my old Super Nintendo games on it......but this Zune knocks the iPod Touch out, eats it for breakfast, and spits it out. I have only owned it for 2 days and already I have began to wonder if I would ever return to an iPod (again, I am Apple crazy). The sound quality is so much better than the iTouch, the OLED screen is so clear it practically does play HD video on a portable level. The accelerometer is instantaneous, rather than the iTouch's, which takes about 1 second and the HD radio lets you listen to radio stations with CD quality sound. As far as I can see, the only thing bad with it is the horrible earphones included. True to form, the Zune HD does not have all the apps the iTouch has, but don't compare a new product to a product that has been around longer. When the iTouch came out, the App Store was non-existent, whereas this Zune already has about 15 apps, but let Microsoft open up the Zune HD to third-party app developers, then compare this thing to the iTouch. Rome wasn't built in a day, neither was Apple's App Store. The App Store has been in the making for 2+ years, so give the Zune HD the same opportunity. Ultimately, if you want to be able to do everything a netbook/laptop could, only in a smaller package, get the iTouch; but if you are looking for the best of the best in portable music/videos players, the Zune HD will not disappoint. If it could impress me of all people, an Apple lover, than it will definitely leave an impression on you. Well done Microsoft.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Outstanding MP3 playerPosted .
Outstanding ... Right up front I'll tell you that I am not an Apple or Microsoft fan.... If I never gave either company another dollar that would be fine with me! Microsoft hit the nail on the head with this player ... great sound, great screen graphics, software is very easy to use, touch screen is responsive and accurate. It took a little getting used to the head phone jack being on the bottom but it grows on you. I would have given the "ease of use" a better rating but I guess Microsoft thinks all of us are on their development team and does not provide a hard copy or an electronic version of a comprehensive users guide. It takes some time and playing to find out how and where some of the features are. I would like to have seen a better graphic equalizer but after adding my Bose earbuds .... the sound was amazing! Using the Zune Pass and getting your music through MS is another way for MS to get your money but the service is 10X better than itunes... with Zune Pass ... you also get to keep 10 songs of your choice that you have downloaded. ..so that makes the service 5 bucks a month to have all the music you can download ... Outstanding deal !!! Battery life is better than I had expected ... over 25 hours of straight play without a recharge! Overall this is a great player if you just want music and not 4 million apps that tell you when to eat, sleep, and how much of a tip to leave. If you don't need the apps ... then this player is for you.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Awesome mp3 playerPosted .
Let's be honest, if you're looking at getting a Zune HD, you're probably also considering getting an iPod touch. So I'm going to compare them head to head. iPods are a little bigger than a Zune, but not by much. Both offer a reasonably sized touch screen, and neither are going to be annoying while in your pocket. One thing I've noticed with my Zune is that sometimes the screen won't respond as well as usual. I don't know if iPods have the same problem. Both have a relatively easy menu to navigate around. I personally like Zune's better. But I have never really been a fan of iPods menus. All apps are free for Zune, but not for iPod. Of course, iPod has a much larger selection, but come on... An mp3 player is primarily for listening to music. Videos are absolutely beautiful on a Zune. The prices of the two are about the same, in terms of money per GB. There is one complaint I have about my Zune, however. Sometimes, it won't connect with the wireless network I'm in. I haven't heard of anything like that happening with iPods. Overall, I'd say iPod and Zune are pretty equal. Obviously, iPod is much more popular. But you have to give Zune props for even attempting to compete with one of closest things to a monopoly you'll find. In my eyes, Zune has done an admirable job, and made a very nice little mp3 player. I would buy this over an iPod any day.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Truly a Robot In Disguise!!!!Posted .
This gadet packs in features and is amazing. I had the 8G version and decided to buy my friend this as a present. After reviewing it, I decided that I like what I saw and purchased one for my birthday 2 weeks later. While the installation instructions are not accurate and need some attention to ease customer usage and angst, once you get past this, the 16G ZUNE is like a a TRANSFORMER .. Truly a Robot in Disguise. I love this model of the Zune. Things that I did not have available to me in the 8G model were incorporated in this model. Playlist creation from music or videos are great. Likewise the Graphics and ability to use my finger to rapidly scroll through options, music, etc., to get to the selection I want to play are really good. So, the Screen touch features are not over sensitive and easy to use, don't make a mistake, and are fantastic. There are security features on this 16G Zune, but, I have not used them yet. The battery life on the 16G Model is like the energize bunny connected to a Die Hard Battery. It last a GOOD LONG time. Hence, I went over 8+ hours before I decided it was time to recharge them. Additionally, this model has wireless and internet capability. INCREDIBLE!!! Again, this Zune packs a significant blow to the AWE factor .. Hence, is the Bang for the Buck and you CAN NOT go wrong with it. What I expect to see in the next model, some voice activated menu or gadgets/widgetsI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Overall, It's a great product in it's price rangePosted .
I heard about Zune for a long time ago so I decided to buy a Zune HD. First thing, the screen is brighter than any touch-screen others. The design on the back is simple but awesome. It's thin and light weight. Unfortunately, there is no hard button for light volume. You have to push the button of the left edge and use the the touch screen to adjust volume. Good video supporting (mp4, avi, mwv). There is one big minus: the browser is IE 6.5 (old and slow), i kinda dont like that. And as usual, no FLASH :(. Anyway, the sound is good, music is neaty, movie is good, Radio (yeah !!!). AND ===> WIFI Sync support (yesh.... no company think about this huh :D). In conclusion, except the browser and just having few apps, everything is absolutely good. Good as value.I would recommend this to a friend