As much as I am not a fan of Best Buy and their yellow clearance tag of a brand image, the fact is that many decent consumers shop there, as it is one of the last free-standing big box electronic stores. So it is only right that I rejoice alongside my colleagues for the announcement that we can finally pre-order the new Microsoft Zune HD beginning today, August 16th! Microsoft has teamed up with the electronics giant to provide an up close and personal sneak peek at the device in select cities on August 22nd and 23rd, as well as pre-order support leading up to the release on September 15th.
But what about the features? I'm glad you asked. For starters, the first touch-screen Zune will be available in both a 16GB and 32GB version, priced at $219.99 and $289.99, respectively. There will be five original colors to choose from but if you head over to ZuneOriginals, you can get ten unique engravings to customize your Zune with, all designed by guest artists. Now for the fun part. The Zune HD is boasting several things that the coffee sipping iPhone and iPod touch users (sorry, Jon) would only dream of being able to accomplish on their soon-to-be rudimentary metal playtoys.