Well this sucks.
If you've been looking forward to the Zune HD since before it was announced and you live outside of the U.S. you might want to go ahead and purchase something else because apparently, you won't be seeing the device in your local electronics store anytime soon.
A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed to Ars Technica that the device will be U.S. only. Maybe it's because I'm currently as sick as a pig (actually, I think I might be dying) but this news took a while to sink in. No Zune HD for Euros? Not even for the Canadians? No and no.
"For the time being the Zune HD device will remain US only," Ars was told. "Right now we are focused on deploying an exciting service in the form of Zune Video to 18 markets. We are looking at potential future hardware experiences for these markets, but do not have anything to announce right now."
Packing Nvidia's Tegra chip, the Zune HD sports a 3.3 inch OLED capacitive touchscreen (480x272 16:9 aspect ratio), an HD radio tuner, Wi-Fi, multi touch, a built in accelerometer and of course, HDMI out giving it the ability to play video in 720p. Sigh.
Anyone here planning on purchasing the Zune HD when it comes out? Let us know in the comments below.