Aug 17, 2009 8:05 AM
It doesn't start with a lower-case "I", but that's definitely not the only thing that distinguishes Microsoft's latest iteration of their MP3 player from THE competition. The Zune HD ($220, 16GB) is now available for pre-order, and it arrives with a feature set that perked up even our jaded ears. As per its name, the Zune HD can output high-definition video -- 720p for those of you keeping count -- and it can play HD radio. (Note: You-know-what can't do either.) This sleek object of gadget envy sports a 3.3" multi-touch OLED display, which is capable of eye-popping colors and razor-sharp clarity, with much lower battery drain than your standard run-of-the-mill LEDs. The Zune HD will also be available in a 32GB flavor ($290) and hits store shelves on September 15.