Gift Tip 61: Microsoft Zune HD - The Apple IPod Alternative

Posted: Dec 6 2009, 6:00pm CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 6:05pm CDT, in News | Holiday Gift Guide


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The Microsoft Zune HD is a wireless media player that comes with some highly desirable features and a promise to expand your entertainment possibilities. The Zune HD is available in 16GB and 32GB versions. The 32GB version has enough space to accommodate up to 10 hours of high definition video, up to 48 hours of standard definition video, 8,000 songs, or 25,000 pictures. You can get this version to store 48 hours of standard definition video if you optimize the video according to the specifications of the device.

The multi-touch navigation feature of the Microsoft Zune HD enables you to easily navigate the contents of the device. The 3.3-inch screen and 16:9 OLED display with a resolution of 480 x 272 gives you crystal-clear viewing with access to the finer details of the contents. With the Zune HD's High Definition Radio, you can listen to several local HD Radio stations with high-quality digital reception at no extra cost. You can also tag your favorite songs, which allows you to purchase them later.

The Zune HD AV Dock, which needs to be bought separately, provides high definition viewing of supported 720p HD movies, TV shows, and videos on your HDTV. If you are willing to buy an additional dock and HDTV, you can enjoy high definition viewing when you are on the move. The wi-fi connection facilitates wireless streaming of music. With this feature, you can establish wireless connection to your home PC, which will allow you to stream songs to your Zune HD.

Surf the web anytime, anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection. Your browsing experience is enriched by a powerful web browser featuring tap-to-zoom technology, built-in accelerometer, and touchscreen QWERTY keyboard. The Quickplay feature instantly takes you to your favorites, recently downloaded or played music or videos. The 32GB version of the Microsoft Zune HD comes at a reasonable price as well, at $289 it's $10 less than the famed iPod.

Great Gift For
People who wish expand their entertainment possibilities at a reasonable price and are not Apple fans.

Price and Where to Buy
The Microsoft Zune HD 16GB is selling for $204.99 on
The Microsoft Zune HD 32GB is selling for $267.99 on

This gift tip is part of the I4U News Top 100 Holiday Gift Guide. Find many more tech gift recommendations across 10 categories and shopping tips here.

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