Microsoft Not Selling the Zune HD Outside USA

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.

  • Titanius
    Not anymore...
  • vohnvest
    i already preordered mine on!!!
  • underpatch
    i heard it wont support divx or xvid .... fail .... i am no longer interested so i guess it coming to the uk or not means nothing to me anymore
  • JMcEntegart
    vohnvesti already preordered mine on!!!
    Yeah, rub it in.
  • danish_2828
    Hopefully, UPS actually delivers it on time instead of changing the delivery date that I paid for. I can always count on Newegg to ship quickly.

    I'm looking forward to the OLED touchscreen display and SSD. That should increase battery life. My 30 gig Zune can only go 6 hours right now.
  • icepick314
    how would HD radio would work outside US?

    and from what i understand, many countries outside US have to pay some kind of taxes to be able to listen to radio and watch TV...not to mention "iPod Tax" on some countries for having devices that have storage capability...

    that might be why currently Zune HD is US only for now...
  • erichlund
    JMcEntegartYeah, rub it in.Perhaps, at the risk of sounding mean spirited, get a life. It's just thing.


  • zak_mckraken
    This whole site is about things. Why are you here if you're not excited (or disapointed) about upcoming products?
  • Maybe M$ doesn't want the EU to fine them for doing business there >_>
  • JMcEntegart
    erichlundPerhaps, at the risk of sounding mean spirited, get a life. It's just thing. Sorry.
    I was kidding around. It's Friday, lighten up.