Zune getting a new model, price drop and firmware update

by: Dan -
According to CNET, Microsoft will be dropping the price tag on its 16GB and 32GB Zune HD models to $199.99 and $269.99 respectively. They will also be releasing a 64GB model on April 12th for $349.99. The pricing puts them more in line with Apple's more popular iPod Touch lineup as well creating a direct competitor for the highest storage iPod touch.

In addition, CNET confirmed that there will also be a firmware update to Zune 4.5 "soon" according to the report. The meat of the update will include the following features:
  • Smart DJ Mix on Zune HD
  • Picks on Zune HD
  • Browsing and Streaming from Zune Marketplace on your TV via the Zune Dock
  • Xvid and AVI Video Codec support
For those of you that own Zune HD's, is there anything that Microsoft hasn't provided that you still want?  Let us know in the comments.
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