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Spec to spec: Zune HD versus iPod Touch

The Zune HD and 3G iPod Touch are compared spec-to-spec in a graph.


If the MP3 player market was a fault line, we'd have a boatload of busy seismographs on our hands. Certainly, two of the most exciting releases of the past couple weeks are the new iPod Touch and the Zune HD. Now, if you're curious how the two devices compare with one another, you could always read the deluge of articles available on CNET and around the Web, but we can certainly see how that might be a bit overwhelming. Soon enough, we'll pit the two players head-to-head in a knock-down, drag-out brawl (aka Prizefight). In the meantime, we've created a purely technical spec-to-spec comparison chart to tide you over.

Zune HD iPod Touch
Capacity 16GB/32GB 8GB/32GB/64GB
Price $219/$289 $199/$299/$399
Colors Platinum, black, red, green, blue Black/silver
Dimensions 4x2.1x0.4 inches 4.3x2.4x0.33 inches
Weight 2.6 ounces 4 ounces
Audio battery life 33 hours (est.) 30 hours (est.)
Video battery life 8.5 hours (est.) 6 hours (est.)
Screen type Glass-covered full-color OLED display Glass-covered full-color LED screen
Screen size 3.3 inches 3.5 inches
Screen resolution 480x272 pixels 480x320 pixels
Software Zune Software and Marketplace iTunes
Online music Yes, 5-million DRM-free tracks available (MP3) Yes, more than 11-million DRM-free tracks available (AAC)
Subscription music Yes, $14.99/month No
Online video Yes, TV shows, movies, music videos, and vodcasts Yes, TV shows, movies, music videos, and vodcasts
Video rental Yes, movie rentals for 320 Microsoft points (about $3.99) Yes, movie rentals for $2.99 (library titles) and $3.99 (new releases)
Wireless 802.11b/g, Web browser, Wi-Fi downloading, Wi-Fi syncing 802.11b/g, Web browser, Wi-Fi downloading, A2DP Bluetooth
Text input Onscreen QWERTY keypad; multitouch Onscreen QWERTY keypad; multitouch
PIM functions None Syncs calendar, contacts, tasks, and notes
Audio formats MP3, WMA, WMA DRM, WMA Pro, WMA Lossless, AAC MP3, AAC, AAC+, MP3, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Photo formats JPEG JPEG
Video formats WMV, HD WMV, MPEG-4, H.264, DVR-MS, HD MPEG-4 (with auto transcode) H.264, MPEG-4
Video output HDMI or composite (accessory needed) 480p and 576p component TV out (accessory needed)
Podcast support Yes Yes
Audiobook support Audible 4, Overdrive Audible 2, 3, 4
EQ options None, accoustic, classical, electronic, hip-hop, jazz, pop, rock Flat, acoustic, bass booster, bass reducer, classical, dance, deep, electronic, hip-hop, jazz, latin, loudness, lounge, piano, R&B, rock, small speakers, spoken word, treble booster, treble reducer, vocal booster
FM radio Yes, with HD Radio and preset slots No
Recording options No Voice recording, line-in recording (accessory needed)