Review: Microsoft Zune HD

Since launching its answer to the iPod in 2006, Microsoft has tantalized us with a combination of the sublime (great music subscription service, built-in FM tuner, wireless syncing) and the profane (awkward hardware, a stubborn unwillingness to play nice with the Xbox 360). But the Zune HD, due this fall, will finally step up the game by integrating into your home entertainment system. You’ll be able to buy and watch videos on your Xbox 360, and, for no extra charge, they’ll download to your Zune HD the next time you plug in. A 3.3-inch OLED screen will make sure those vids look their best. Throw in the first HD Radio receiver on a portable player, and Zune is starting to look like a contender, not a punch line.

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