The Zune HD is going to kill the iPod Touch! Steve Jobs is cowering under a back-office table! Or is he? Will the launch of the much-hyped Zune HD have significant impact on Apple’s virtual monopoly on the Portable Media Player market? Let’s take a look.
Fans of technology love the release of new gadgets, especially touch-screen, 3D capable, SDK-toting mobile app powerhouses which also incidentally, play music. Wait,outside of mobile phones, there is currently, only one device like that, the iPod touch. Sure, a slew of lookalikes have emerged from China and will continue in single-line forever over distant horizons. Some are actually quite good. But, aside from them, there have been too few wannabes. Creative’s Zii Egg gets honourable mention, but considering its market potential, there won’t be a proper iPod touch rip-off competitor until Microsoft’s Zune HD actually hits shelves.
The other big American OS/Software/Sometimes Hardware company’s new and highly anticipated Zune HD just got a laying on of hands by Gizmodo’s Brian Lam. As per interface, responsiveness and looks, the Zune HD has all in spades and sports a minimalist/industrial GUI design more reminiscent of Apple than of the horrid incongruence that often disgraces Microsoft products.
Other than pictures, movies and music that are seen in this brief hands-on, the Zune HD will play games and act as a bridge between several Microsoft markets, in particular, the XBox. Apple haters, tech gurus and pundits – get ready for some fun discussions and I’m quite sure, lynchings.