For many years, Microsoft's Zune MP3 player labored in the large shadow cast by the market-dominating iPod.
That may have changed with the introduction of the Zune HD. The Zune HD is Microsoft’s answer to the second-generation iPod touch. Both devices feature big touchscreens, lots of capacity, web access, and traditional media player functions.
However, the Zune HD adds new features like hi-def video output and hi-def radio. This chart offers a side-by-side comparison of the two devices so, when you’re in the market for a fully capable, multi-function media player you can size up the two heavyweights.
Comparing iPod touch and Zune HD
|iPod touch||Zune HD|
|Capacity||8GB, 32GB, 64GB||16GB, 32GB, 64GB|
|Screen size (inches)
960 x 640
480 x 272
|Battery Life (hours)||Audio/Video: 40/7||Audio/Video: 33/8.5 (w/ WiFi off)|
|HD Video Output to TV||No||Yes (requires AV dock accessory)|
|Video Formats Supported||h.264, MPEG4||h.264, WMV, MPEG4|
|Records Video?||720p at 30 frames/second||No|
|Camera?||2, one front, one facing user||No|
|Music Store||iTunes||Zune Marketplace|
|App Store||App Store||Yes|
|Web browser||Safari||Internet Explorer|
|Size (in inches)||4.4 x 2.3 x .28||4.1 x 2.1 x .35|
|Weight (in ounces)||3.56||2.6|