So where do you go, if you still want a Zune HD device?
July 20, 2011 8 Comments
For the longest time, now, Zune wanted users of the ecosystem to understand that their service, transcends more than a device. With each generation of devices, many people tied Zune to that particular device — that just happened to be supported by this software, social and other components. When it started to look like, Zune’s devices were going away (the most high profile example being the discontinuation of Zune Originals), many believed that this was the end of Zune as we know it. Of course, this is because as the device goes, so goes the service.
Of course, we know the deal, right? Zune as a service isn’t going anywhere. What if, though, you still want to get your hands on an actual Zune HD (or even some of the older model devices)?
As I looked around the internet, I found some very interesting things about Zune device availability. First off, if you check the Microsoft Store, all you’re seeing there is a sold out Zune HD16GB. Whether that device will *ever* come back in stock is anyone’s guess, but let’s face it, the Zune HD 32GB is missing from the store, as well. When I’ve gone into Microsoft stores, Zune aren’t even part of major displays anymore.
Best Buy just has the Zune HD 32GB for $199.99. This is the only device they seem to be offering.
Walmart seems to have just the 16GB and the 64GB listed, but that oh-so-special-edition Zune HD 64GB seems to be sold out. Now why the hell they considered that one a Special Edition, is beyond me.
Amazon, arguably the biggest retailer of this bunch, still has all three Zune HDs listed as available, but the order fulfillment isn’t done through Amazon. It’s done through some 3rd party retailers. I haven’t heard of a couple of these retailers, but that’s how you’re going to obtain a Zune HD device if you go through Amazon. As of this writing, they only have a few Zune HD 64GB in stock.
Then, of course, one could bring Ebay into this discussion. However, I wanted to stick with major retailers and where you could get a pristine, new-out-of-the-box Zune HD device. Of course, if you’re just about the ecosystem, you can always download the Zune software and use the power of the service across Xbox 360, Windows Phone 7 or PC to get your music fix.
Yet, if you want to include a Zune HD device into your arsenal, seems like you better get a move on.