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Zune HD will have Apps and an SDK!

Written By Hans Berger on Saturday, August 22, 2009 | 4:15 PM

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Zune HD AppsGood news for Zune fans. According to a Microsoft rep the Zune HD will have Apps and there will be an SDK. Microsoft has kept very quiet about this and haven't even advertised it anywhere.

As you can see on the screenshot in the left, there is an option titled "APPS" in the Marketplace menu. A video of this can be seen here (skip to 00:15). Matthew Arkins, a Microsoft Partner recorded this video. When he tapped the Apps section, a WiFi network menu came up. WiFi was not available so he was unable to check what Apps, if any, were available in Microsoft's Apps Store.

Knowing that the Zune HD will have Apps, and an App Store will definitely make iPod Touch users reconsider buying a Zune HD. The Zune HD will be available on September 15, a week after the day Apple is rumored to be announcing a new product . I'm convinced that Apple will be launching a new iPod Touch 3rd Generation, so I'll just wait and see what Apple has in store for us before even considering the Zune HD. What about you?

[Via Zunited, and @microsoft_cares, ]

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August 22, 2009 at 5:03 PM

HATE APPLE, WILL NEVER BUY IT. Pre-ordered the Zune HD already. Also I dont remember where but its confirmed that Microsoft is working hard to get a lot of apps and they're making around 1200 apps per day for the new Zune. Sign up for Google News you'll know everything.

Jeff
August 22, 2009 at 9:05 PM

For me iPod is the thing. I love it and will not reconsider. Why are you even saying that :S

Mario
August 23, 2009 at 12:09 AM

I would get the zune for it's memory capacity but I don't know if apple is announcing the iPod touch 3rd gen so I'll wait

Nemi
August 23, 2009 at 12:09 AM

Love apple and never buy microsoft product :)

Kyle S.
August 23, 2009 at 1:03 AM

You know not only does the device matter, but the software it uses. I know my way around iTunes even if I was blindfolded. But like media player, I feel like I'm in a maze never finding an exit. And I'm not taking the time to convert everything and learn to use it. My first generation touch has been great. And I expect the new touch to be great as well. More memory, better price, camera, extrenal speakers, all the stuff from before plus some extras like interaction with other touches. I gotta go with apple, they know their music devices

Devon
August 23, 2009 at 2:07 AM

Hahahahhaha let's see how many people are onboard for this

Quint
August 23, 2009 at 5:37 AM

Show me that MS will have a Skype app and also have a microphone on the Zune HD and it will strongly consider it. I just think that as far as the OS and who makes it is not a bid deal, just make it reasonably-priced and lots of accessories and it will be something that I will want. Microsoft has a nice product in the current Zune, but it is so limited in available accessories (chargers, cases, and such). You just can't go to your local Dollar Tree, Walmart and most other retail stores and expect to purchase really anything for a Zune.

Elijah
August 23, 2009 at 6:42 AM

Hey tard, why don't you look at what your computers running. MICROSOFT Windows. Jesus Christ some people just have no brain. You can't escape MS, its everywhere its the leading software superpower, so just give up, you can't not support them. And Apple gypped everyone out of their ideas and repackaged them all like they were the pioneers. A great example: iPod Nano: accelerometer games:originally introduced with the same marble game in the Creative Labs ZEN Vision M. 16:9 screen: Zune since 1st gen. Accelerometer song flick feature: Sony Walkman technology since 2000! And the new generation of video iPods to come will come with a 16:9 screen and will lose the click wheel to incorporate one center circle with directional controls. Hmmmmmm sounds alot like a ZUNE PAD. Next gen iPods will look like wannabe Zunes. You get back to me when Apple has an ORIGINAL IDEA.

David
August 23, 2009 at 10:16 AM

APPLE IS DA BOMB! OMG how could anyone consider a piece of crap wannabe like the retarded Zune! I have a 2G iPid Touch, and it's the best thing i've ever bought! I use it more than my computer, the apps are amazing, and it's WAAAAAAYYYY ahead of it's time. I am so psyched to get the iPod Touch 3G, with a camera, mic (for VOIP so i can make calls with Skype or Nimbuzz), and more advanced awesome stuff!!!! If you don't have an iPod Touch and think this piece of crap zune is any good, go do some research on the iPod Touch, and see what you're missing, and get the 3G!!! With 3G it'll be just like the iPhone 3G S, but without internet everywhere. GET AN IPOD TOUCH 3G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.

alex3yoyo
August 23, 2009 at 11:50 AM

hey tard look at what the computers that dont get viruses run....Mac
OS X

Alex
August 23, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Hey Kyle, Have you ever compared apple's Itunes software to the Zune software????? i know what itunes looks like. its 100% bland and does nothing but get songs, play them, and sync them. and 50 cents to $1 for 1 song? please...... the Zune software looks and runs Great. its UI is very stylish and altogether welcoming to use. not to mention Zune pass. $14.99 per month to listen to all the songs you want, and keep 10 forever each month. call me when apples makes a service that good.....

jomir
August 23, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Hey ELIJAH you are right you should continue buying microsoft products to have them crashing and crashing again and again...
microsoft sucks!!

Pablo
August 23, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Wow.. Really?
The zine HD can NEVER compare to the iPod touch! Like i mean can you have a gba advance on your piece of crap zune? Don't think so. Or even being able to fully customize it like the iPod touch can? Nope. Microsoft please back up on this one apple's way more experienced at these things and they know what they are doing. Don't waste your time and get the iPod touch. And Microsoft, quit biteing on apple.

lbc slayer
August 23, 2009 at 5:38 PM

microsoft sucks ass they make the worst stuff ever nothing but viruses and crashing

Andy 24
August 23, 2009 at 8:54 PM

Uh, oh...someone call whine-one-one and get the whaaaambulance here quickly for these Apple/MS fanboys before they start fighting!

Davidoff1991
August 23, 2009 at 9:58 PM

I hope MS will consider linux users.... I CAN'T SYNC Any ipod touch without SSH!!!!!

Matthew
August 23, 2009 at 10:55 PM

My Mac don't running any microsoft crap. So Jesus what a dumb you are.. Mac just exist from 1984 lot of time before Windows 3.x. About to be original, MS just steal from apple the windows/mouse interface. At last Windows 7 has same .reg .dll files crashing shit! The only OS not programmed in UNIX.. prehistoric OS, not beyond but behind!!! pss.. Mac OS are without virus, so MS OS? No. Apple is UNIX OS from 2001, 64-bit from 2003 (all mac products), virus free. Windows is the same crap from 1995. p.s. You can run windows on Mac, as like linux os.. on PC? You can use a PC without Windows just with Linux. So I think you have to apologize 'cause the one with no brain maybe it's you 'cause you want to talk about products and matters you don't know.

Antman217
August 24, 2009 at 6:12 AM

Microsoft sucks the only reason I have a pc running windows shit is cuz I don't have money to buy a mac yet but I bet once I get one I'll never leave my aunt has one and I love it so much I wanted to steal my pc currently has a virus runs really slow and crashes every once and a while just like an xbox I got that ps3 apple and Sony for life

tyler
August 24, 2009 at 11:06 AM

wow really?apple copys microsoft?!?
ipod touch came out...when now?almost 2 years ago.
and how long did it take zune to compete with it...2 years.just depressing rember people this is zune hd 1 vs. ipod touch 3
so all the problems that the ipod had.are updated.and ipod touch 3 is packin a mic a camera with video capability.the storige is as high as 128 gig lowest is 16 gig for 200.
so for those future zune hd users.have fun waitin 2 years till your zune hd is as good as the ipod touch 3 and by then im sure will have a ipod touch 5.or something like that.hahahaha zune people.zune hd is your tickit to hell.

Fanboys suck
August 24, 2009 at 3:24 PM

I SWEAR,YOU GUYS ARE SUCH APPLE FANBOYS!!! JEEZ! GIVE IT A REST ALREADY. Afraid of a little competion are you?

Andy 24
August 24, 2009 at 7:48 PM

Fanboy...

Link48010
August 28, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Just because Windows may not be of your liking shouldn't disqualify every piece of software/hardware made by MS. The Zune 120 that I have is a *very* well made piece of hardware, and is a 100 times easier to use in the car (no click wheel, described by me and my friends as thumb-dislocating).

Microsoft hardware is actually some of the highest quality hardware on the market. Their computer mice, like the 7000, and their comfort curve keyboard are both better then the Apple equivalents, the Apple Keyboard (way to have variations...) and the Mighty Mouse (which I've found to be the most uncomfortable thing I've ever rested my hand on).

Now, the fact that you see the ZuneHD as a threat to your lovely iPod Touch is none of my problem, After all, it has a blazing fast OS and accelerometer, HD playback, HD Radio, the Zune Pass all-you-can-eat music buffet, 3.3 inch OLED touch screen. The Nvidia Tegra chip that powers it's graphics not only increases batter life to about 33 hours (better than the Touch), but it gives the ZuneHD the capability to play adapted Xbox games. There are many other features as well...

Honestly, I won't get it, both of the rumored 32 and 64 Gig models are too small for me, hence why I just went ahead and got the 120 about 4 months ago (knowing full well the ZuneHD was coming out and knowing half of it's features).

Now, I will give credit where credit is due. Apple did work out 90% of the bugs in this type of device, paving the way for most touch screen phones etc, however, just because something is the original doesn't mean is the best. Use the Zune software and see for yourse- Oh wait, you don't have windows on your Mac. Funny how you don't, considering how Apple touted it's ability to run Windows as some kind of game ending feature....

Ian
September 6, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Matthew you are making your self sound like an idiot. Go educate yourself on viruses and how they can come in contact with macs. I will show you that I can get accesses too your computer, just by opening up a random file I send you. MACS FAIL TOO. When any of you lifeless tards out there spend countless months programming programs then you can say what's on your mind.

ifaisal_
September 10, 2009 at 3:26 PM

steve blowjob and his ************ limitations sucks! what u guys think of a mac? mac is a bull shit. its just a entertainment crap, a holy piece of shit.
you know why mac don't have virus, because of their limitations. compare to mac, windows is the best. more than 80 percent use windows. what u guys think of mac. they release updates once in 12 months, with a few new features added. see the difference between leopard and snow leopard. **** u steve, ur mac sux, haha tiger, lion, rain lion, leopard, snow leopard, blow steve, steve gay,,LOL,..WTF dude,

Neb Eroom
September 13, 2009 at 9:00 AM

ok all u apple lovers, zune is the best thing out there. Your little app store will have nothing on the zunes 3d graphics. Oh and have u noticed, that no ipod comes with a radio for free? If ur smart u will get the zune becasue its half the price for twice the memory and the better product by far. Dont forget the HD video either. And dont forget how bland the touch looks, compared to the zune. have fun apple users with your video camera and such that wont last for about 15 min. microsoft is the best period

matt
September 14, 2009 at 7:10 AM

ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i hate this guy ^
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Storm King
September 14, 2009 at 3:24 PM

H3ll YA someone finally understands th zune pass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike
September 14, 2009 at 11:34 PM

were did mac get its gui? xerox...
microsoft didnt steal shit, they just took back what was rightfully theres. its not even worth arguing anymore apple is just a cult, you give all your money and they give you limited functionality.

michael
September 30, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Macs have viruses. My mca crashed several times because of it. I hate macs. now im back to PCs and i dont have a problem with it. if your pc crashed, i suggest not looking at porn anymore. O ye and PCs didnt steal anything so i think ur the idiot who should apologize

Ryan
December 21, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Yup. Me too.

Ryan
December 21, 2009 at 9:10 AM

There is just so much fail in this paragraph, it blows my mind

Bob
February 8, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Well. What happened to your camara and mic? All they did was made it faster. And yet the Zune HD is still faster with its Tegra chip. And Apple sucks.

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