There’s been loads of ‘leaks’ of the next generation of the less-than-popular Microsoft portable media player, the Zune.
Named Zune HD, it’s a heck of a lot better looking than all of the previous Zunes, as does the interface. Gone is the round button, opting instead for a full touch screen.
The HD-ness is two fold –
HD Video, allowing the viewing of 720p videos, which can also be shown on a HDTV, via the Dock at an additional cost. Don’t get too excited, the screen on the ZuneHD isn’t 720p resolution itself, as the screen is actually 480 x 272, but it does downscale them.
HD Radio is the slightly surprising HD, giving free access to high quality audio channels (if you happen to be in a country with HD radio) and an interesting idea of allowing the tagging of songs played on the radio, for later purchase.
As you would expect, there will be a Web browser (IE) that will utilise the build in WiFi.
Zune 2.0, released at Christmas 2007 didn’t do much better.