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Zune HD is dead confirms Microsoft

Zune HD is dead confirms Microsoft

Microsoft has officially confirmed that its Zune PMPs - including the Zune HD - have been axed, despite having denied yesterday that such a decision about the media players had been made. "We recently announced that, going forward, Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy," Microsoft's Zune Player support page claims, "and that we will no longer be producing Zune players"

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Is Microsoft’s Zune on the way out?

Is Microsoft’s Zune on the way out?

With all the talk about Windows Phone 7 recently, many people are starting to wonder why Zune hasn't been mentioned at all. It seems logical that Zune software would be a part of a Windows phone, since Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President of the Windows Phone Program Management said in 2010's keynote at Mobile World Congress “Every Windows Phone will be a Zune”. But now, nobody is talking about Zune. Is Microsoft getting ready to kill it off? Or are they just going to re-brand it?

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Facebook app for Zune HD falls short on debut

Facebook app for Zune HD falls short on debut

Zune HD owners may have been given a nice treat yesterday with the newly released Facebook app, but the launch has been plagued with problems.  Microsoft has discovered a “technical issue with the application” and has partnered together with Facebook to identify the matter and provide a solution.

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Facebook app for Zune HD debuts

Facebook app for Zune HD debuts

We've just been informed that Microsoft has launched the Facebook app for its Zune HD platform, fulfilling a promise for many users who visit the social-networking site.  Facebook on Zune HD allows users to be constantly connected via the device’s built-in Wi-Fi, and allows status updates with personalized music with a simple touch.

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Zune Pass software makes your music vanish?

Zune Pass software makes your music vanish?

From time to time, every music service software will happily see to it that some of your music vanishes because of digital rights issues and other legal matters.  As of late, Microsoft’s Zune Pass subscription service seems to make more and more music from collections evaporate into thin air with an alarmingly higher rate.

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Zune HD to get XviD support, smarter playlists come Spring

Zune HD to get XviD support, smarter playlists come Spring

In a somewhat inconspicuous update Microsoft has revealed that the Zune HD will receive a firmware update adding native support for the MPEG-4 Part 2 ASP codec, including the long-awaited format of choice for many netizens, XviD video support.  Microsoft has assured that files in this format should play both on the Zune HD itself, as well as when sent out to an external TV display via the HD’s AV Dock.

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Microsoft Zune HD finally gets Twitter app [Updated]

Microsoft Zune HD finally gets Twitter app [Updated]

Right from the start, most of the talk regarding the Zune HD's unveiling circled around whether or not the future of the Zune line-up would include applications. Would there be an application store, akin to its greatest rival? There wasn't much surprise when Microsoft finally admitted that there would indeed be apps, and even less surprise from the fact that Facebook and Twitter were mentioned in there as well. It took a few months, but we have finally got Twitter on our Tegra-powered device.

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Zune HD AV Dock, Jam Jacket CordSaver, Action Jacket and Incipio underground case

Zune HD AV Dock, Jam Jacket CordSaver, Action Jacket and Incipio underground case

It's not just the Zune HD that Microsoft dropped off; they also sent a bundle of the new accessories for the touchscreen OLED PMP, including the Zune HD AV Dock, Jam Jacket's CordSaver and Action Jacket cases, and Incipio's underground case.  Check out our first impressions of the accessories after the cut.

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Zune HD hands-on and unboxing video

Zune HD hands-on and unboxing video

It feels like a long time from the early rumors to devices on shelves, but Microsoft's latest PMP, the Zune HD, is finally here.  Packing WiFi along with a touch-sensitive OLED display, the Zune HD is based on NVIDIA's Tegra 720p-capable chipset and promises not only music and high-definition video but also Internet access and gaming.

Video unboxing and demo, plus gallery, after the cut

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Microsoft Zune HD Looks To Be the Only Zune On the Market Soon

Microsoft Zune HD Looks To Be the Only Zune On the Market Soon

With the release of the Zune HD pretty imminent, the news we're getting seems right on cue. Microsoft has a wide range of Zune players out right now, from 4GB all the way up to 120GB, but it looks like they're setting all of their hopes and dreams on the next best thing. And yes, it is the next best thing.

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