Zune HD to get Smart DJ, new video codec support, Facebook in early 2010

My inbox was crazy last week during CES and as I was cleaning it out early this morning I saw an email from the Zune PR team talking about some updates coming soon. Microsoft was actually showing off demos of this at CES, but my schedule was already packed so I didn't get a chance to see these new features. Sometime this spring we will see Smart DJ and additional video content support with Facebook coming during the early part of this year.

My inbox was crazy last week during CES and as I was cleaning it out early this morning I saw an email from the Zune PR team talking about some updates coming soon. Microsoft was actually showing off demos of this at CES, but my schedule was already packed so I didn't get a chance to see these new features. Sometime this spring we will see Smart DJ and additional video content support with Facebook coming during the early part of this year.

Smart DJ on the Zune PC software and Zune.net is a very cool feature that mixes up the music for you and plays it just like a live DJ. The Smart DJ functionality on the Zune HD will work by pulling music stored on your Zune HD, along with music from the Zune Marketplace when you are conneced via a WiFi network.

The additional video support will roll out with MPEG-4 part 2 Advanced Simple Profile support. Popular codecs implementing this standard are DivX, Xvid, and Nero Digital.

Now that CES is over and I spent a few days walking several miles I jumped back on the workout regime last night while rocking tunes on my Zune HD placed into my DLO Action Jacket. I look forward to the Smart DJ functionality and will let you know when the update is available.