Microsoft Zune HD2 Already in the Works, Could Come This Year

There's a pretty distinct set of reasons why, for the most part, it's a good thing or a bad thing to be an early adopter of any piece of tech that comes out. On the one hand, you've got the latest and greatest gadget on the planet, and you can happily show it off to all your friends. On the other side of the coin, you're usually faced with software/hardware glitches of some kind, and then there's that impending feeling that sooner than later, your device will be obsolete. We're not saying that's happening here with the Zune HD, but if these rumors are true, we may have to strike our words.

According to the rumors floating around, the Zune HD2 would be more like an iPod Touch, whatever that means. Size, perhaps. Considering the HD2 has arguably (or not) better hardware than the iPod Touch, that's really the only thing we can say that insinuates. If the sources speaking with ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley are to be believed, than the Zune HD2 is certainly on the way, and has a real shot at being released later this year. And, we all know what other thing is launching at the end of this year, and, whoa, look at that! They're made by the same company!

We don't think that would be a bad thing. Yes, the Zune HD came out last year, and yes, it's a great Personal Media Player. But what Microsoft needs is more than just a few phones coming out at the end of this year rocking their Windows Phone 7 Series mobile Operating System. Just like Apple has done with their iPhone Operating System, Microsoft can capitalize on the fact that WP7S looks and works great on a bunch of devices. And sometimes, even across those platforms. There's also the glaring fact that the current Zune HD won't be playing those nifty XNA Game Studio 4.0 titles, so it's time to update anyway. Right, Microsoft?

[via ZDNet]