Microsoft Corp. says a new generation of its Zune music player will go on sale Sept. 15, but eager customers can pre-order the gadget online now.
The Zune HD has a touch screen, built-in Wi-Fi and a Web browser, much like Apple Inc.’s iPod Touch. Zune users can stream and download music from Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace.
Unlike Apple’s device, the Zune HD also has a built-in HD radio receiver.
Zune HD is the company’s third line of the media player, but so far the Zune has attracted only a tiny slice of a digital media player market dominated by iPods.
A 16-gigabyte model will sell for $220, and a 32-gigabyte Zune HD will be $290. A docking station for sending high-definition video from the gadget to an HD television will be sold separately.
Microsoft is taking pre-orders now at zune.net/zunehd. Best Buy Inc. stores will also take pre-orders.