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Zune HD Specs




Here are the Zune HD specs for the 16GB and 32GB models. It's major competition is the iPod Touch so I'm comparing it side-by-side so it's easy to see the difference.

To make the comparison even simpler, I've color coded the various categories so you can see at a glance where the Zune HD is superior, equivalent and inferior to the iPod Touch.



Legend

Zune HD is superior to the iPod Touch in this category

Zune HD is equivalent to the iPod Touch in this category

Zune HD is inferior to the iPod Touch in this category



Zune HD

iPod Touch

Capacity1

16GB flash drive

32GB flash drive

8GB flash drive

32GB flash drive

64GB flash drive

Size and weight
Height: 102.1 mm
Width: 52.7 mm
Depth: 8.9 mm
Weight: 2.6 ounces
Height: 110 mm
Width: 61.8 mm
Depth: 8.5 mm
Weight: 4.05 ounces
Colors2

Onyx Black (16GB)

Platinum Silver (32GB)

Silver

Battery3

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Music playback time: up to 33 hours

Video playback time: up to 8.5 hours

Charge time: 3 hours4

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Music playback time: up to 30 hours

Video playback time: up to 6 hours

Charge time: 4 hours

Screen

3.3 inch (diagonal) Multi-Touch display

OLED color screen

16:9 aspect ratio (widescreen)

480 x 272 pixel resolution

3.5 inch (diagonal) Multi-Touch display

LCD color screen

16:9 aspect ratio (widescreen)

480 x 320 pixel resolution

Wireless

Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)

No Bluetooth

Wireless sync

Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)

Bluetooth 2.1

No wireless sync

Web Browser

Yes

Yes

Audio

MP3, MP3 VBR

WMA, WMA VBR, WMA Pro, WMA Pro VBR, WMA Lossless

AAC5

Audible

MP3, MP3 VBR

AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes), Apple Lossless

AIFF

Audible

WAV

Video

MPEG-4

H.264

WMV

DVR-MS6

Support for 480i SD and 720p HD output7

MPEG-4

H.264

Support for 480p and 576p output. HD output is not supported.

Photos

JPEG

JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, PSD, TIFF

Radio

Built-in FM/HD radio tuner

No radio

Ports

Dock connector

3.5mm Headphone jack

Dock connector

3.5mm Headphone jack

Music Store8

Zune Marketplace

Zune Pass Music Subscription Service

iTunes

No music subscription service

Video Store9

Zune Marketplace

Video purchase and rental (HD & SD)

iTunes

Video purchase and rental (HD & SD, only SD videos can be viewed on the iPod Touch)

Applications & Games10

Zune Marketplace

Free

iTunes

Free and paid

Languages

English, French, Spanish

English (U.S.), English (UK), French (France), German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Arabic, Thai, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malay, Romanian, Slovak, Croatian

Price

$219 (16GB)

$289 (32GB)

$199 (8GB)

$299 (32GB)

$399 (64GB)



1The Zune HD specs (as well as those of the iPod Touch) convert the capacity into number of songs and hours of video. However, there's no point in comparing these numbers since they can be fudged by manipulating formats and bit-rate. For practical purposes both the Zune HD and iPod Touch can be considered identical in terms of capacity. The iPod Touch is also offered with 64GB which will double the capacity.
2Additional Zune HD colors are available from Zune.net only.
3Battery life is measured with Wi-Fi turned off. Overall, the Zune HD has a better battery life and a faster battery charge time.
4Charge time can be shortened to 2 hours by using an optional AC adapter.
5The Zune HD specs state that only AAC files without FairPlay DRM is supported. This means that if you purchased any songs from iTunes, you must first use DRM removal software to remove the DRM protection before the Zune HD can play them.
6Standard Definition TV recordings from Windows Media Center according to the Zune HD specifications. HDTV and protected recordings are not supported.
7HD output requires an optional Zune HD A/V Dock which is not included.
8The Zune Marketplace music store is much better than iTunes because of the Zune pass offering.
9The iTunes video store has a much better selection than the Zune Marketplace.
10The iTunes app store has a much better selection than the Zune Marketplace.




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