Microsoft’s Zune HD to go on sale September 15


Microsoft has announced that the latest version of its answer to Apple’s iPod, the Zune HD, will debut in the U.S. on September 15.

The slimmed-down digital music player, which also plays video, is cheaper than the iPod and will boast an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display. Other features include Wi-Fi internet access, built-in HD radio, multi-touch Web browser and high-definition video output capability. The battery delivers 24 hours of music and 4 hours of video, with Wi-Fi off.

Users can stream and download music from Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace.

The black 16GB version of the device will sell for $219.99, while a 32GB version in a “platinum” shade will cost $289.99.

Customers can preorder the new Zune HD on Thursday.