Another ZuneHD? Really?

Posted by Zealot on Sep 02, 2010

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zunehd-01Now this one hit me out of left field. As I saw how completely Windows Phone 7 has been based on the Zune GUI and architecture, I assumed that the ZuneHD had really been just an experiment, a field test for a possible phone OS, and would be a one shot product. Understand, I adore my ZuneHD. It is my primary music player and will likely remain so until it is pried from my cold dead fingers, and even then I would eat your brains to get it back. The only thing I would love more than my ZuneHD is a 128GB  ZuneHD…or perhaps a Zune HD 2?

When the ZuneHD was released, in all the hubbub the Zune team coyly hinted that there would be one more player  released in the future before the Zune system became a part of all Windows systems, but as sales were only fair despite the critical praise (ok, likely a bit less than fair….alright, probably a good deal less than fair) people assumed this was just marketing talk and the Zune had taken it’s best shot….and failed. Now Mary-Jo Foley at ZDNet is hearing whispers that, against all sanity and proper product management, there may indeed be an updated ZuneHD in the pipeline after all. Be still my beating heart.

Here is what she has to say…

After Microsoft had its Windows Phone 7 reset, talk of a new ZuneHD2 tapered off. But lately, I’ve been hearing that, in spite of the Zune HD’s not-so-stellar sales, plus Microsoft’s failure to make the hardware available outside the U.S., the Softies may still have one more digital-media player coming. My rumormonger says it could be a calendar 2011 deliverable and possibly could sport an ARM processor of some kind. The Zune HD2 would incorporate a number of the UI changes from the Windows Phone 7 folks, the tipster claims — which makes sense given the Windows Phone 7 UI borrowed so heavily from the Zune HD UI.

No word from my tipster on dimensions, price, will/won’t there be cameras or any other details users might want to know about a potential new Zune HD. Also no word on how Microsoft might position such a device if it ever comes to market: Would it be more like a “Windows Phone 7 Lite”/iPod Touch? A gaming-focused handheld like the rumored Sony PSP Go successor? Or more like a mini slate/tablet (like one of those new Archos 28s running Froyo)?

Could a ZuneHD 2 be the WiFi only version of a Windows Phone, like an iPod Touch to the iPhone? Would there be a point, would it sell? Could this be one of the projects Microsoft is working on with ARM? Nvidia has made pretty clear that the Tegra 2 will not be going into any Microsoft devices, so what would a ZuneHD 2 use to improve on the first version’s graphics power…maybe something entirely new.

This is all very much vaporwear and pipe dreams…but I admit the idea is interesting. If Microsoft sat down today to design yet another PMP to stand beside Windows Phone 7…what would they make?

..OK, likely a mess, I get that…but if they DIDN’T screw it up, what would it be like?

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By day a department manager and writer for a major network device vendor...by night Zealot stalks the mean magnetic streets, striking fear into the hearts of bandwidth abusers and theme park mascots. Zealot has been involved with mobile devices for more than a decade now, starting off with dumb phones, moving to PDAs and then to smartphones, notebooks and netbooks with the odd PMP thrown in. Most of his mobile time currently is spent on a Treo Pro, Zune HD, Thinkpad T61, HP Mini 311, iPod Touch 3G, iPad 16G or a Hackintoshed Compaq Mini 704. He proudly groks the Geek community and considers himself a Neo Maxi Zune Dweebie (thanks Wil Wheaton!).

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  • http://twitter.com/alltop_mobile/status/22783939609 Alltop Mobile

    Another ZuneHD? Really? http://bit.ly/96Ry2A

  • http://www.svpocketpc.com Pony99CA

    Could a ZuneHD 2 be the WiFi only version of a Windows Phone, like an iPod Touch to the iPhone?

    Just from reading the headline of this article, that's what I thought. If Apple can do it, why can't Microsoft? It would be more like WM Classic vs. WM Professional.

    Not everybody wants their phone to be their media player, so they might want two devices, but it would still be nice to share some of your apps between the two.

    Steve

  • http://www.svpocketpc.com Pony99CA

    Could a ZuneHD 2 be the WiFi only version of a Windows Phone, like an iPod Touch to the iPhone?

    Just from reading the headline of this article, that's what I thought. If Apple can do it, why can't Microsoft? It would be more like WM Classic vs. WM Professional.

    Not everybody wants their phone to be their media player, so they might want two devices, but it would still be nice to share some of your apps between the two.

    Steve

  • 5U8L1M3

    Ya, let's all buy fkn apple products. They are for everyone… God dammit, what is so bad about having a little competition, and more choices for consumers? nothing. so stop putting down zune, they are good, some people prefer them over apple. some people prefer apple over zune. the end.

  • http://www.svpocketpc.com Pony99CA

    Did you even bother to read the article, Sublime? Z owns a Zune and loves it.

    Steve

  • http://www.svpocketpc.com Pony99CA

    Did you even bother to read the article, Sublime? Z owns a Zune and loves it.

    Steve

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