Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

Summary: If you're a proud owner of a Zune HD, then Microsoft has a surprise for you - a raft of new and updated apps!

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If you're a proud owner of a Zune HD, then Microsoft has a surprise for you - a raft of new and updated apps!

There are nine new apps in all:

  • Finger Paint
  • Calendar
  • Trash Throw
  • Slider Puzzle
  • ColorSpill
  • Splatter Bug
  • Vine Climb
  • Decoder Ring
  • Tug-O-War

Here are the updated apps:

  • Shuffle by Album
  • Zune Reader
  • Penalty! Flick Soccer
  • Email
  • Echoes

It's interesting that Microsoft chooses to do this after being so silent about the Zune line for so long (some would say that Microsoft has replaced Zune with the Windows Phone lineup). That said, it's a great gift for Zune HD owners.

Microsoft plans on porting Zune HD apps to Windows Phone platform at some point in the future, so perhaps this release it related to those plans.

You can still pick up a Zune HD if you want one ... and why shouldn't you. All in all, it's a competent media player.

(via WinRumors - thanks to the Zune HD fans who sent this in!)

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    BallmerFail
    • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

      @BallmerFail What's the matter? Worried it sold more than Apple TV or Google TV?
      dazzlingd
      • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

        @dazzlingd :-)
        statuskwo5
      • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

        @dazzlingd Dang. LOL!! It's easy to forget that all of the big 3 (Apple, Google and Microsoft) have had major failures. That's called marketing. (Or, as I stated in a different reply; fashion.)
        tangoactor
      • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

        @dazzlingd
        +1
        Ram U
  • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

    I have a Zune HD. Best music player I've ever messed around with. I don't get the hate.
    Droid101
    • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

      @Droid101 In the eyes of many; High Sales = Better Product. It's all fashion to me.
      tangoactor
      • Not quite

        @tangoactor
        Windows sells so much more that OSX? Meaningless.
        iPod sells so much better than Zune? The definition of quality and success.
        Apple folks move the goalposts to suit their bias. They pick them up and move them to wherever Apple happens to be.
        mdemuth
      • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

        @mdemuth
        iPod sells so much better than Zune? Meaningless.
        Windows sells so much more that OSX? The definition of quality and success.
        Microsoft folks move the goalposts to suit their bias. They pick them up and move them to wherever Microsoft happens to be.
        anono
      • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

        @mdemuth
        I might add the ipod isn't forced down people's throats like Windows is for any low end computer.
        anono
      • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

        @tangoactor
        You are incorrect. High sales = cover the needs of more people. There is no way to say one product is better than another. What people get is based on people's need. I would never get a zune because of it's lack of app selection. I don't watch movies on a 3.2" PMP so my only use would be Music and I don't spend that type of money for a music player.
        anono
      • "Windows is forced on people"

        There was a time when Linux netbooks were selling more. Then they sold less than XP.

        Now there are less Linux netbooks sold.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

        @anono To clarify, my text stated "In the eyes of many". I was not stating my personal belief or whether or not the product "covers the needs of more people". I was simply stating that many people look at high sales as an indicator of a "quality product". Your statement about determining the better product is, essentially, what I was trying to get across in very few words. As for app selection, that's not a big deal for me and I don't mind watching video podcasts and short videos on a small screen so the Zune works very well for me.
        tangoactor
      • Never again

        @tangoactor As one who had two 30GB's and an 18GB (all of which broke) and NOW has a Sony Walkman (with no problems), I don't care how nice the Zune HD looks or works. MSFT lost a customer.
        mwidunn
    • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

      @Droid101
      You see hate everyday, with Apple ownership. No hate here, but aren't you one of the hypocrites who goes off on anything Apple?
      partman1969@...
    • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

      @Droid101 [i]I don't get the hate.[/i]
      That's pretty funny coming from one of the biggest Apple haters around.
      non-biased
  • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

    I've tried most of these apps. I really like Vine Climb, Splatter Bug is mindless fun and the Calendar app is decent.

    Decoder Ring looks very interesting but I haven't had the time to do anything but start it up. I look foward to learning it.

    However, I can't get Slider Puzzle to do any more than one tile slide. When I run my finger over a tile in the direction I want it to go, I hear the sound of a slide but nothing moves and no move is tallied in the count shown in the upper right.

    Also, I didn't see Tug-O-War in Zune Marketplace (that might be because I'm getting old or was in a hurry) and none of the "updated" apps were showing updated Release Dates.

    I'm particularly interested in getting the updated Email app. It starts wigging out after about 3 weeks on my Zune.
    tangoactor
  • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

    I wonder if this means that Microsoft hasn't completely given up on dedicated Zune hardware. It's an extremely good PMP.
    gotamd@...
    • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

      @gotamd@... It tells me that MS has not given up on future Zune (or Zune-like) media devices. Whether future models will have dedicated hardware is up in the air but I can't really envision a situation where it wouldn't be dedicated hardware. Of course, that's not my area of expertise.
      tangoactor
    • RE: Microsoft releases new and updated Zune HD apps

      @gotamd@...

      I hope not. I don't get this craze where we all have to drain our smartphone batteries just to listen to music now.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion