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August 15, 2009

Microsoft, unlike rival Apple, rarely creates drool-worthy products, but we’ve got to admit the Zune HD actually has some sex appeal. Unlike its ugly, “iPod clone” predecessor, the Zune HD’s razor-thin design and beautiful 16:9 OLED display (plus 10 hours of HD video storage and HD video-out) make this a significant jump from the old Zune.

Yesterday Microsoft announced the Zune HD’s launch date (September 15th) and also made it available for pre-order. Prices are $219.99 for the black 16GB version and $289.99 for the “platinum” 32GB edition.

Alas, few had seen the device up-close and hands-on…except for Seattle’s TechFlash, which dropped by the Zune offices in Redmond the afternoon before the announcement and was treated to a hands-on demo from the Zune team’s Brian Seitz. The video (below) shows off features like “pins”, “history” and a “recently added content” section. Oh, and of course, it’s search features are powered by Bing.

See the drool-worthy demo below:

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