updated 05:15 pm EDT, Thu September 3, 2009
Zune update may bring HD movies, more
Microsoft broke news through its monthly Zune newsletter today that the Zune HD's launch in two weeks will also come with the first major update to the Zune media software in a year. The company is silent on what this will include but promises an "all-new" app with "exciting new features" that will arrive on September 15th, the same day as the new media player itself.
The news follows an unusual absence of details from Microsoft regarding the software. In the past, the company has normally announced new software upgrades at or near the same time as device upgrades.
Only a few clues have surfaced as to the most likely features for the Zune software, though some of these are believed to address gaps in features between Apple's iTunes Store, the App Store, and in some cases the Zune itself. The most prominent is the revelation that the Zune HD will support third-party apps and will likely need a new app management system in the PC software for downloading and syncing new software. Multiple rumors have also pointed to 720p movies complementing existing TV shows as the Zune HD's signature feature is its support for playing back 720p video. [via Engadget]