Zune HD: Still Not an iPod Touch
Microsoft is looking to beat the iPod Touch by going HD on its ass... though, characteristically, there is a gap between theory and reality whenever we're talking about the Zune. In this case, the not-quite-an-iPod-Touch obviously can't play HD on its own screen, since it's... portable, but can docked to a big ol' TV so you can play back whatever it is you want to play back. Also, some interactivity is promised between the newly-redesigned Zune and the Xbox 360.
The Zune will also feature an OLED screen, which promises longer battery life... but every other smartphone on Earth will be using the same technology, too.
Zune HD will also be able to stream music over Wi-Fi, which the iPod Touch is not yet able to do out of the box, but can do via various third-party apps.
Ah, third-party apps... therein lies the secret, no? Microsoft insists on locking down the Zune and all its potential juiciness, so you can't quite make it yours.
The Zune needs an upgrade that turns it into an iPhone. Then it'll be in great shape.
Don't get me wrong: I want to like the Zune. I really, really do. So far, though, the suck has always crept in to remove any gadget joy... perhaps this time it'll be different.