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New York Times says:

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If this thing came out in a parallel universe where the iPod didn’t exist, it would be hailed as a god. No, the problem is the iPod’s head start — its catalog of music, movies, apps and accessories are ridiculously superior to the Zune’s — and the Zune’s reputation as the player for weirdos and losers. quote


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Critic reviews

8.4
12 reviews
  • Sound quality
    9.1
  • Video quality
    9.3
  • Ease of use
    7.5
  • Portability
    8.8
  • Battery life
    8.1
  • Media support
    6.8
  • Capacity
    6.7

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User reviews

9.1
140 reviews
9.0
Engadget Sep 17, 2009

Even though the Zune HD is a tremendous media player with a lot of great features, we still don't think it competes 1:1 with a device like the touch. Still, it competes, and for Microsoft and the Zune brand, that's a major leap forward.

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9.0
Ars Technica Sep 16, 2009

Those who take the bait will find themselves hooked (in both senses) by one of the best portable music discovery experiences yet created. ... For everyone else, the new Zune HD is “merely” an excellent media player with a gorgeous screen, HD radio, and 720p output over an HDMI connection.

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9.0
Tom's Guide Sep 17, 2009

Watching videos and listening to music is better, smarter, and more convenient than the previous Zune models and is on par with Apple’s interface.

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9.0
PC Mag Sep 15, 2009

With a fantastic OLED touch screen, a top-notch Web browser, and a wireless music store, the Zune HD is the best PMP you can buy—that is, if you live outside the iTunes universe.

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8.0
Gizmodo Sep 16, 2009

The Zune HD is the best touchscreen PMP on the market. It's got the most unique vision, the most impressive hardware and the most stylish software. ... But I'm not sure that's enough.

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8.0
CNET Sep 18, 2009

The Zune HD delivers one of the best portable music and video experiences money can buy. At a time when many people have shifted their focus to games and applications, providing a killer media experience may not be enough for potential Zune buyers.

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8.0
Computerworld Sep 15, 2009

If you need a high-end player primarily for music and video, Zune HD is a strong alternative to the iPod Touch. It's even more compelling if you appreciate using a music subscription service.

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8.0
New York Times Sep 16, 2009

The Zune HD player isn’t perfect, but it’s every bit as joyful, polished and satisfying as its rival. The question is whether Microsoft will stick it out long enough to close the catalog gap, the ecosystem gap and the image gap.

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7.0
Wired Sep 15, 2009

All in all, there’s a lot to like here. But there are still some big holes we’d love to see filled. After years of playing second fiddle, it seems that this scrappy underdog from Redmond might just have what it will take to compete with the iPod.

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9.0
CrunchGear Sep 18, 2009

This is a fantastic media player. Don’t take my word for it, though. Go to your local electronics store and see for yourself how good the screen is, how intuitive the interface is, and how right it feels in your pocket — you may not want to put it back when you’re done.

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8.0
Gear Live Sep 22, 2009

If you want the device that will provide you with the best music experience, that is backed by a platform that enables you to constantly find new music, share tracks with friends, and puts you at the center of your music experience, then we whole-heartedly recommend the Zune HD.

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9.0
Mobility Site Sep 24, 2009

All things considered the Zune HD is easily the finest MP3 player and small screen PMP on the market and I hope it will enjoy all the success it so richly deserves.

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8.0
ArmpitOfDeath ArmpitOfDeath

It's a shame that the Zune failed to make a real market impact, but I feel most of this is entirely down to decisions by Microsoft and Apple mindshare rather than the product itself - especially the Zune HD. Considered as a PMP instead of an app platform, it's actually better than the iPod Touch...

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10
Fallenarms3 Fallenarms3

In a market where every new 'PMP' is really a MID/UMPC hybrid (and new acronyms are developed every day), it seems like the music player has been left in the dust. Despite the technological advancements of modern devices, no real media player truly offers anything too much more...

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10
Contrapaul Contrapaul

It been a few days now, and that makes today an excellent time to review the new Zune. Pictures coming soon, since I can't find my microSD to SD card. I don't plan to review the software, because A) it works, and B) its free, no ones buying it. Part 1: Hardware Put simply, the Zune...

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9.0
clindhartsen clindhartsen

To be quite honest, the difference between and iPod Touch and a ZuneHD is that the ZuneHD's actual focus is the music. From the general browsing, to the point that the tied in Zune Pass + Wireless makes it easy to find new artists, not to mention pick up on ones that might not even be that...

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10
zybch zybch

This device is fantastic. The only drawback is that many of the online and marketplace features simply aren't available outside the US, and as an Aussie this means I an denied many things that I long to be able to do. Hopefully MS will realize there is a world outside US borders and let me...

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10
jerresand jerresand

The user interface is optimal and together with the music listening experience together with a Zunse pass, makes you not miss the apps at all. Use an iPhone or something for that. This is a great podcasting and music listening device. What i am missing is the possibility to scrobble my tracks to...

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9.0
soren121 soren121

Without a doubt this is one of the best purchases I've ever made. It's sleek, small, light, and packs a punch with its Tegra processor. I got a 16GB red HD from the Zune Originals site and have been loving it since. --Music------------------- Music playback is phenomenal. Not only is the...

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10
PiroThePyro PiroThePyro

I will admit, I was extremely excited to pick mine up last Tuesday (32GB Platinum), and while my excitement wore off quickly, my love for this device has not. Hardware: When you open the box, the first thing you notice, is how small it actually is. I think that the size is perfect, not too...

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8.0
fourblades fourblades

As a music device this was very useful. With the help of Zune Pass, I really love this device as I can stream music without filling up the device. This could also do videos which I like but watching in the small screen feels inadequate. It's better to just watch the videos on my desktop or if I...

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10
tatsumaki tatsumaki

Only very minor bits keep the Zune HD from being perfect in every way. Some are firmware correctable (addition of video and podcasts in the on-device Marketplace, expanded audio codecs), others are, unfortunately, not (lack of Bluetooth, stronger battery life). But one thing is definitely for...

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9.0
Kale Kale

This was an impulse buy for me, to be honest. I'd heard some reviews and details about the product on the podcast, and was intrigued, but had no real plans to buy one. Then a co-worker who had pre-ordered it on amazon decided he didn't want the thing and was going to return it, so on a...

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10
goddimus goddimus

I have used many PMP devices and when i first encountered my original Zune (30 gig) I knew there was great potential. I was always happy with my original zune and used it for several years. Once I started reading about the Zune HD it was hard to hold in my excitement. The biggest concern I had...

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9.0
cmb4747 cmb4747

i love my 32G Zune HD. I haven't sprung for the HD dock yet, but that's what Christmas is for. The screen is beautiful, the battery life is terrific. The interface is really zippy. I love the new software. Anyone looking for a great music first, video second, podcast/audiobook...

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9.0
Sweed Sweed

This device is absolutely stunning. Real metal and very durable so you don't have to worry so much about scratching it like You would with an Ipod (which are made of a very scratch-able metal.) 2 days ago I accidentally tripped on it's cable which had it flying and hitting my wall very...

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