Zune HD gets a price cut, slips to $190

Is Microsoft getting sick of all the attention Apple has been getting lately? Microsoft's Zune HD media players have received a surprise price cut, as Engadget reports, and the 16GB model is now slightly cheaper than Apple's 8GB iPod touch.

The 16GB and 32GB Zune HD players launched at $219.99 and $289.99, respectively, last September. Thanks to the latest price cut, you can now grab them for just $189.99 and $249.99 at Newegg.

Getting hold of an 8GB iPod touch will involve coughing up $199, by contrast, and you'll need to shell out $299 for the 32GB model. The iPod touch does run apps and games from the iTunes app store, which gave it somewhat of an advantage over its Microsoft rival last year. However, the Zune HD has since gotten a few apps of its own, including 3D games like Audiosurf and Project Gotham Racing: Ferrari Edition.

The Zune HD, as you might recall, has a 3.3" OLED touch-screen display and an Nvidia Tegra system-on-a-chip, so it's very much capable of handling 3D titles like those. The device also features 802.11g Wi-Fi, HD video playback support, and 33 hours of rated battery life for audio playback (provided you disable the Wi-Fi first).

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