Microsoft has opened up pre-orders and revealed pricing for its new Zune HD media player.
The company said that the device will be available in stores on 15 September in a pair of configurations. A 16GB black version of the player will cost $219.99 (£133) while the 32GB Platinum version will sell for $289.99 (£175).
The new player will be the second from Microsoft to enter the portable media player market. The original incarnation of the Zune hit the market in 2006 to a less than glowing reception and slow sales.
The company hopes that the new Zune players, which will compete with the iPod Touch, will fare better and break Apple's stranglehold on the market.
Among the features on the Zune HD are a touch-screen interface, Wi-Fi and an HD radio receiver. Additionally, the new Zunes sport a web browser and HD video output support.
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